KING Felipe VI has become the first Spanish monarch to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

A special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine features the royal in a very regal pose, with a grey suit and arms crossed.

Felipe has now cemented his reputation as a firm favourite with Spain’s LGBT community, after also becoming the country’s first monarch to meet with LGBT representatives during his first week in office in June 2014.

“King Felipe is part of a generation that has lived through the persecution of LGBT people…to the beginning of the first collective movements of activism,” reads the article.

“However, there is still much to do and Felipe VI faces a great challenge. But for the moment, he is off to a good start.

“For the first time, a head of state in Spain listened to demands of activists against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Felipe VI took over from his father Juan Carlos, when the former king abdicated last summer.

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