Royals Honor Paris Climate Accord

King Felipe and Queen Letizia gave one of this year’s Princess of Asturias Award to the United Nations effort to combat climate change.

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King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

The Princess of Asturias Awards are among the highest honors given out by the Spanish Royal Family.

The King and Queen’s daughter Leonor, as heir to the throne, is Princess of Asturias, but too young to preside over the ceremony at the Campoamor Theater in the Principality of Asturias.

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Top negotiators of the recent Paris agreement on climate were on hand to accept the honor last week.

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Top climate accord negotiators Patricia Espinosa y Christiana Figueres. © Casa de S.M. el Rey

King Felipe also used the ceremonies to call for optimism and national pride amid political uncertainty and national malaise.

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