The King and Queen presided over the traditional Military Easter celebration this Thursday at the Royal Palace, the long-standing military ceremony held every January 6 and which has once again been marked by the pandemic. Solemn and institutional act, the first of the State of the year, with which Don Felipe and Doña Letizia have kicked off their official agenda for 2022. As expected, anti-Covid health measures have been very present for the second consecutive year in the form of masks, social distance and absence of crowds. The monarch and his wife have arrived at the Plaza de la Armería of the Royal Palace of Madrid, the usual setting for this event, minutes before the clock struck twelve noon, to preside over the event.
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military easter It began with an anecdote when the brooch that Doña Letizia wore on her coat fell off and Don Felipe picked it up. After this, the national anthem was played, and the monarch reviewed the troops dressed in the uniform of lieutenant colonel of the Army (it usually alternates and each year he wears that of one of the three Armies). Next to him, on this sunny morning but with low temperatures in the capital, the Queen, with a sober look composed of a long blue dress buttoned on the chest, with a bow at the waist and a black coat. Also participating in this military act are authorities such as the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez; the head of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska; and the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles. The latter has dedicated a few words in her speech to the Spaniards affected by the pandemic and has highlighted the work of the health workers as well as the responsibility and solidarity of citizens. He has also praised the work of the Armed Forces in the Filomena temple or in the La Palma volcano.
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After the honors of the Royal Guard and the corresponding 21-gun salute, the King and Queen entered the Throne Room of the Royal Palace along with the rest of the authorities, the Veterans Association, the Brotherhood of Mutilated Knights of War for the Fatherland and a representation of our three armies. The event that opens the military year also serves to take stock of the previous year and mark the lines of action that will be developed in this one. What’s more, Decorations have been imposed on those civilians and members of the Armed Forces who have received them during 2021. This celebration celebrates the 240th anniversary of its creation. Its origin dates back to the 18th century when Carlos III, proclaimed King of Spain in 1759, considered that in order to better defend his empire he needed to respond to the war needs of the time. With this objective, he approved in 1768 some ordinances that provided a renewed spirit and a more efficient organization to the troops.
The act ended with the words of the King, who defined Military Easter as “a tradition full of history and values, which allows me to personally express our affection and admiration for the Armed Forces and the Civil Guard.” In his speech, the Head of State dedicated a few words of affection to the families of the military, remembered the victims of the health crisis and also reviewed the operations carried out in the last twelve months: “I want express the pride of Spanish society towards the Military Institution. It is without a doubt the best reward and implies appreciation and gratitude towards your work and your values. In many situations experienced this year, the Spaniards have also once again felt very close to you, sharing their same efforts, assisting with personnel and means to overcome moments of emergency or great need. I know that you are moved by the honor of serving Spain and our citizens, and that in fulfilling your responsibility you spare no effort or sacrifice”.
The return of Princess Eleanor
This first official act of the year comes almost two weeks after Don Felipe’s traditional speech on Christmas Eve and after Christmas parties marked by the return home of Princess Leonor. The eldest daughter of the Kings has been able to enjoy a few days of rest in the company of her loved ones, whom she had seen for the last time in October, coinciding with the Princess of Asturias Awards. On December 10, the school holidays began at UWC Atlantic College in Wales, where he is studying the first year of Baccalaureate, and just a few hours ago the boarding school began the new term. In this way, the academic obligations of the heiress to the throne have returned, whose routine is now very different from the one followed by the Santa María de los Rosales school, where the Infanta Sofía continues to attend. The daily life of the 16-year-old Princess takes place between science and letters subjects, creative activities, sports and community service activities.