King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain today started the official duties of 2019 with the traditional celebration of the Military Easter, also known as New Year’s Military Parade, at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
The traditional celebration of the Pascua Militar is deeply rooted in the Spanish military and dates back to 1782 during the reign of Carlos III. The ceremony is held annually on the day of Epiphany at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
After the honours of the ordinance, the National Anthem was performed and 21 canons were shot. Felipe reviewed the troops. And Military forces gave the honours to their Majesties.
Then Their Majesties moved to the Saleta de Gasparini, where they received the greeting of the Commissions of the Central Organ of the Defense and the General Staff of the Defense, the Royal and Military Orders of San Fernando and San Hermenegildo, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Civil Guard and the Royal Veterans Brotherhood.
After the greetings, the royals with the attending authorities and the members of the commissions moved to the Throne Room and took their places. The ceremony began with the imposition of decorations by King Felipe VI to different members of the Military Commissions.
Speaking at the event, King Felipe said, “these 40 years of democracy could not be fully understood without recognizing the deep identification with The Constitution that the members of our Armed Forces, State Forces and Security Forces and Intelligence Services have demonstrated. “
For the first appearance of the year, Queen Letizia debuted a new tweed jacket. The navy tweed jacket features a front closure with round neckline.
Letizia brought back a navy velvet dress from 2014. The floor-length navy dress debuted at the Easter was designed by Felipe Varela.
Letizia paired the dress with TOUS pearl engraved earrings.
She was carrying a black Magrit velvet Clutch.
And wore matching Magrit Liza pumps. Fine tip lounge made of navy blue suede with a new heart-shaped hollow and retro-inspired 9 cm heels. The €310 pumps are reduced to €279.
The highlight of the dress was stunning brooch that Letizia debuted today. A piece from the royal historical jewellery box, the brooch featured a grey pearl in the centre surrounded by diamonds and a teardrop-shaped pearl is hanging from it.
Here a look at Letizia’s previous year’s look at the Military Easter.