Royal Guard On the 2nd May Madrid, and the 12th October, National Day.

Royal Guard On the 2nd May Madrid, and the 12th October, National Day.

On May 2nd it’s an important holiday in Madrid. It is the commemoration, of the day the people rebelled against the occupation by the French Napoleonic troops.

Soldados en el Palacio Real
Soldiers with the Royal Palace in background .

These events led to the Spanish Independence War, which lasted until April 17, 1814.

Mounted Royal Guard with Lancers uniform
Mounted Royal Guard with Lancers uniform

Since 1983, May 2nd, is celebrated as the Day of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

Royal Escort Squadron , Royal Lancers
Royal Escort Squadron , Royal Lancers

Local festivals and communal meals are also held in the different districts of the city, and in the towns surrounding the Capital.

Riflemen marching with 18th Century uniforms
Riflemen marching with 18th Century uniforms

 

Civil Guard on horseback, wearing nineteenth century uniforms
Civil Guard on horseback, wearing nineteenth century uniforms
Uniforme de alabarderos reales
Infantry soldiers in the May 2nd celebration.
Caballos Blancos Reales Guardias Alabarderos 2 Mayo 2014
Royal Guards Alabarderos on white horses – May 2nd, 2014
Cuerpo Superior de Policia Montada 2 de Mayo 2014
Cuerpo Superior de Policia Montada 2 de Mayo 2014
Soldados Ejército de Tierra
Soldados Ejército de Tierra
Guardia Civil el 2 Mayo
Guardia Civil el 2 Mayo
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