Madrid hosts National Day parade on 50th anniversary of round the world tour

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Troops from around the world will take to the streets of Madrid to commemorate National Day next Saturday 12 October.

Military personnel from Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Lebanon will parade alongside Spanish troops and police force members in a show of strength and celebration.

Taking part in the parade will be members of the Army and Air Force, as well as the Navy and representations of the Guardia Civil, the National Police, Civil Protection and Maritime Rescue, plus around 76 aircraft and more than 100 vehicles

This years National Day parade coincides with the 50th anniversary of the very first circumnavigation round the world tour undertaken by Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastian Elcano back in the 16th century.

The parade will be over seen by king and queen Felipe VI and Queen Letizia who will be accompanied by the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, the Presidents of Congress and the Senate, the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, and other acting ministers and military.

This years parade will begin with a parachute drop by members of the Parachute Brigade who will descend with a national flag which upon landing, will be hoisted to commemorate those who gave their lives to their country.

The celebration will finish with the traditional flypast by the Patrulla Águila display team.

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