King Felipe VI delivered his most important speech of the year on Christmas Eve, in which he urged Spaniards to remain optimistic about their future.
His Majesty delivered his remarks from the Zarzuela Royal Palace, flanked by books, pictures and a Christmas tree.
The King discussed scientific advances to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and touted the economic recovery. But he also acknowledged lingering unemployment and rising energy prices.
His Majesty called on Spaniards — and their institutions — to face and work to overcome challenges like climate change and gender inequality.
He said Spain and other nations were at a crossroads but also said current events presented a “historic opportunity” for progress.
The King expressed solidarity with the people of La Palma — part of Spain’s Canary Islands — which has been experiencing a volcano eruption.