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Spain's King Felipe VI to visit White House, travel to Florida in September


WASHINGTON — The king and queen of Spain will head to Washington later this year for their first official visit to the White House.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will arrive in the U.S. on Sept. 14 and meet with President Barack Obama the next day. The king and queen will also visit Miami and travel to St. Augustine, Florida. The White House says the visit reinforces strong and lasting ties between Americans and Spaniards.

Spain's 47-year-old king was proclaimed the new monarch last year, replacing his scandal-hit father, former King Juan Carlos. He pledged to restore trust in the monarchy following allegations of corruption.

A recent poll in Spain's El Pais newspaper shows 81 percent approved of Felipe's performance, and 74 percent approved of Letizia, a former television presenter.

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