Images of the official activities of Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, as well as Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, can now be viewed on YouTube.

The royals' YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/casarealtv - also features archival footage of past Christmas messages from the king.

Those addresses include Juan Carlos' contemporaneous reflections on events such as the Sept. 11 attacks, the deadly March 2004 terrorist bombings in Madrid, Spain's 2010 World Cup victory and the wedding of Felipe and Letizia.

The king's Christmas message for 2012, to be delivered Dec. 24, will be streamed live on the YouTube channel.

CasaRealTV offers images, provided by Agencia EFE, of the royals' recent public appearances in Spain and abroad.

The creation of the YouTube channel, like the palace's Web site, of an initiative to bring the royal family closer to the public via the Internet. EFE