The Christmas messages of Spain's king, which can be seen on the royal household's brand new channel on YouTube, have scored a great reception among cybernauts who played the monarch's speeches more than 42,000 times during their first day on the air.

On Thursday the royal household launched its CasaRealTV channel on YouTube, where users can access both videos from the latest official activities of the King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, and all the king's Christmas messages since 1975.

The channel has not only won constant visits, but by noon Friday 627 citizens had subscribed to it, according to traffic data from the channel.

The selection of cuts from the king's messages through the years has had more than 12,000 visits.

But the channel also allows individual access to the complete videos of each and every one of his speeches in chronological order.

Overall, the Christmas messages have aroused far more interest than the videos of the official activities of the king and the royal family, of which the one with the most viewers, with 536 visits, is the Dec. 12 celebration of the Spanish Olympic Committee's 100th anniversary presided by Crown Prince Felipe.

To prepare audiences for the streaming of the king's message next Monday, the channel is inviting all to follow the monarch's words on the Internet and has posted a countdown meter showing the time left before his live broadcast. EFE