King Felipe Presides Over His First National Day

King Felipe and Queen Letizia presided this weekend over the first Fiesta Nacional event of their young reign.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

The Fiesta Nacional, or National Day, involves a military parade in downtown Madrid. The Royal Family watches from an elaborate reviewing stand.

Princess Leonor, the new Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia stood with their parents during the event.

The Royals then hosted a reception at the Royal Palace in Madrid. It included hundreds of guests from government and civil society, an expansion from previous years.

© Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
The King and Queen in the Royal Palace Throne Room. Note that the thrones now include a carving of the Spanish Crown. Before, they had a carving of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were not at the Fiesta Nacional this year, opting to leave the spotlight to the new King and Queen.

Separately, in recent weeks Spanish media reported that Rafael Spottorno, former head of the Royal Household under King Juan Carlos, resigned as a royal adviser because of allegations that he improperly used a credit card from bank Caja Madrid.

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