Spain's Royals preside over military parade

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the traditional parade to cheers accompanied by members of the government, opposition politicians and members of Spain's Olympic team.

Sanchez urged unity with a tweet before the military parade in Madrid, which was attended by more than 2,000 troops, in a sign that Spain's COVID-19 situation has improved.

Sanchez, who was booed by a section of the crowd that appeared to be against his left-wing government, is opposed to a referendum on independence for Catalonia.

Some 2,656 soldiers took part in a march past along with 115 military vehicles while air force planes took part in a fly past as well as a parachutist with a giant Spanish flag.

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