Spanish Royals Honour Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara”
October 1st, 2012 – Madrid
The Spanish Royal Family presided over a solemn military ceremony in the courtyard of the Palacio Real in Madrid for the imposition of the Distinguished Cross San Fernando to the Alcantara Regimental Cavalry Banner.
Present today were The King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Pilar, Infanta Margarita and her husband the Duke of Soria, Infante Carlos and his wife Princess Anne. In fact nearly every senior Spanish royal was present with the exception of the Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.
King Juan Carlos and Prince Felipe both wore military uniforms to the ceremony.
The Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand is Spain’s highest military award for gallantry and was last bestowed in 1943. The Royal Military Order of Saint Ferdinand dates back to 1811 to honour heroic feats of arms and those eligible for the distinguished award are current and former members of the Spanish Armed Forces.
The Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara” were honoured for their heroism during the 1921 Rif War between Spain and the Moroccan Berbers.Filed under Spanish Royals
Tagged Felipe VI of Spain, Infanta Elena Duchess of Lugo, Infanta Margarita Duchess of Hernani and Soria, Infanta Pilar Duchess of Badajoz, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Military, Orders, Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Sofia of Spain, The Duke of Soria.