Spain cel­e­brates na­tional day with royal and mil­i­tary pomp

Malta Independent - - World -

A royal pa­rade and mil­i­tary fan­fare are tak­ing place in Madrid on Spain’s Na­tional Day, an an­nual pub­lic hol­i­day that pro­vides a cue for na­tion­wide dis­plays of pomp and pa­tri­o­tism. King Felipe VI, wear­ing mil­i­tary uni­form, and Queen Le­tizia were driven Fri­day in a Rolls Royce down one of the cap­i­tal’s main av­enues, flanked by cavalry. Peo­ple wav­ing yellow-and-red Span­ish flags lined the street. Rain though halted a Span­ish Air Force fly­over. Cata­lan lead­ers, who are de­mand­ing in­de­pen­dence for the wealthy north­east­ern re­gion stayed away from cer­e­monies in Barcelona — as usual. They have also snubbed King Felipe, who has spo­ken out against Cat­alo­nian in­de­pen­dence. Cat­alo­nia’s mostly pro-in­de­pen­dence par­lia­ment passed a mo­tion Thurs­day call­ing for the abo­li­tion of the monar­chy. Sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple joined a union­ist pa­rade in down­town Barcelona.

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