King Felipe VI this Tuesday, 12 October. / AFP

Live stream: Spain celebrates its National Day with a parade in Madrid

A total of 2,656 military personnel, 68 aircraft and 115 vehicles are participating in the 12 October celebration


The Spanish Royal Family are this Tuesday, 12 October, presiding over the Armed Forces Day parade in Madrid for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Princess Leonor, however, will be missing as she is studying at a boarding school in Wales.

A total of 2,656 military personnel, 68 aircraft and 115 vehicles will participate in the military parade that began at 10.30 am and runs along Paseo de la Castellana between Plaza de Lima and Nuevos Ministerios.

The improvement in the health situation has made it possible to recover the traditional 12 October parade, which last year had to be replaced by a reduced military act in the courtyard of the Royal Palace. However, the number of participants in the parade this year is somewhat lower than in previous years.

There will also be restrictions on the reception in the Royal Palace to avoid the concentration of people in indoor spaces, according to Royal Family sources.

The military parade also includes other public services such as Maritime Rescue, Guardia Civil, National Police, Customs Surveillance and Civil Protection volunteers.