FELIPE de Borbon will preside over today (June 6) his first Spanish Armed Forces Day as king.
Approximately 600 soldiers will parade in the main ceremony which will be held at Madrid’s Plaza de la Lealtad (next to Neptuno).
The event will be marked by austerity, established by the current Ministry of Defence lead by Minister Pedro Morenes.
At 10.30am, the Spanish flag was hoisted in Plaza de Colon, to commemorate members of the force who gave their lives for Spain. The military parade is scheduled to take place at 12.30pm, with the participation of officers from the Royal Guard, the Army, the Air force and Guardia Civil police force, amongst others.
The king and queen of Spain will host an official reception party after the outdoors events.
This year’s budget for the ceremony has been €140,000, a stark contrast with the “pre-crisis” spendings which in 2013 amounted to €1.3 million.
The Spanish Armed Forces Day is an event aimed at improving communication between citizens and soldiers to contribute to their mutual understanding.