On January 6, as every year, Queen Letizia of Spain, 49, and her husband, King Felipe VI, 53, honored their first engagement of the new year 2022. For Spain, the day of the Epiphany corresponds to the Pascua Militar or the military Passover. The military Passover ceremony has been perpetuated since the reign of King Carlos III. The sovereign wanted to salute and reward himself the soldiers who took part in the recovery of the town of Mahon on the island of Menorca. The Spanish soldiers of the time took over the Menorcan city from the hands of British troops on Epiphany Day, January 6, 1782. This Thursday, January 6, the Queen of Spain, who will be celebrating her 50th birthday this year, was alongside her husband to attend this ceremony.
For the mother of Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, the Pascua Militar is the first engagement on her agenda this year. As a little surprise, Letizia sported a very small jewel on a new piercing of her left ear. According to Royal Stories, it appears that the new piercing “is either a small diamond or a small silver bead.” Queen Letizia of Spain also sported another piece of jewelry, a magnificent brooch which she wore in November at a state dinner in honor of the Italian president.
Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain, the Pascua Militar is a very solemn ceremony
King Felipe VI opened the ceremony with a greeting from the Royal Guard in Plaza de la Almudena. The ceremony continues inside the Royal Palace where King Felipe VI of Spain gave a speech and distributed military decorations. During his speech, the King of Spain did not fail to recall the end of the violence of the terrorist group ETA for 10 years already. The sovereign also wished to recall the central place that the military have in the hearts of the Spaniards. “I want to honor with great emotion the memory and dignity of the victims of terrorism,” he said. “I know that you are moved by the honor of serving Spain and our citizens, and that by discharging your responsibility you do not skimp on the efforts or the sacrifices”, he continued.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain © Dana Press