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In photos: parade in Madrid for Spanish National Day

The King of Spain presides over holiday parade in the midst of an independence challenge

  • King Felipe VI watches on as troops file past.
    1King Felipe VI watches on as troops file past. AFP
  • Queen Letizia, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (far left) during the parade.
    2Queen Letizia, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (far left) during the parade. EFE
  • A child wrapped in a Spanish flag stands among Civil Guard officers.
    3A child wrapped in a Spanish flag stands among Civil Guard officers. AP
  • Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during the parade.
    4Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during the parade. AFP
  • The Eagle Patrol draws the Spanish flag in the sky.
    5The Eagle Patrol draws the Spanish flag in the sky. AFP
  • A parachutist descends with the Spanish flag.
    6A parachutist descends with the Spanish flag. Reuters
  • The Spanish Legion troops participate in the parade on Castellana Avenue in Madrid.
    7The Spanish Legion troops participate in the parade on Castellana Avenue in Madrid. AP
  • The Royal Guard during the Spain National Day parade.
    8The Royal Guard during the Spain National Day parade. EFE
  • Hundreds of people watching the parade in Madrid.
    9Hundreds of people watching the parade in Madrid. EFE
  • A banner with the phrase "Catalonia always Spain" hangs on a building on along the parade route.
    10A banner with the phrase "Catalonia always Spain" hangs on a building on along the parade route. Reuters