King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor of Spain made their first public appearance of 2024 and attended the traditional Military Easter parade at the Royal Palace of Madrid. This was Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias’ first attendance at the annual event that marks the Spanish Military and Royal year beginning. Infanta Sofia has already returned to Wales to continue her education hence she was not present.
Once again, Princess Leonor followed her father’s footsteps and decided to dress in her military uniform. Leonor is currently training at the Military Academy of Zaragoza and will be heading to Marín Naval Military Academy for a couple of months before a training journey aboard the teaching ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano.
The Military Easter dates back to the reign of Carlos III. when, on January 6, 1782, the Menorcan town of Mahon, which was under the English rule at that time, was recovered by Spanish forces. As an expression of joy, Charles III ordered the viceroys, captains general, governors and military commanders to let the forces celebrate and made this day an annual tradition.
The Royal Family was received by the Spanish Prime Minister, government and military officials at the Plaza de la Almudena where King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia along with Princess Leonor were welcomed with military honours. King Felipe inspected the troops.
After the small military ceremony, The royal Family met with the staff of the National Heritage and Military officials. The Royal Palace is maintained by the National Heritage – a Spanish Government Institute responsible for taking care of Crown properties.
In the Hall of Thrones, where the King, Queen and the Princess received the guests. King Felipe VI presented the military honours to the officials before addressing the gathering and wishing everyone a Happy new year. The King thanked the military and other forces for their hard work and dedication towards the country and its sovereignty.
What Queen Letizia of Spain wore to 2024 Military Easter
- Carolina Herrera Cape – (Repeat – Debuted October 2016)
- Unidentified Grey Satin Top – (New)
- Bouret Raffica Skirt €290 – (New – Thanks to Nuria for the id)
- Unidentified Gold and Diamond Ribbon Design Earrings – (Repeat –Debuted May 2023 )
- Corterno Ring – (Repeat – Debuted January 2023)
- Carolina Herrera Astrud Clutch – (Repeat- Debuted July 2016)
- PINKCHICguagua Pumps- (Repeat – Debuted December 2023)