Spotlight Back On Princess Leonor

Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, returned to the country last week from school in Wales to help lead the Princess of Asturias Awards with other members of the Royal Family.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Queen Sofia and Infanta Sofia all attended the main ceremony at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo on Friday. Events started on Thursday and went into the weekend.

The Princess of Asturias Awards are the Spanish Royal Family’s top international prizes. They’re different from the country’s merit medals and royal orders, like the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Princess Leonor was absent during an awards ceremony this weekend to honor an exemplary town in the Principality of Asturias, one of the early Christian realms that birthed modern Spain. Queen Letizia said both her daughters weren’t feeling well. But Princess Leonor was on hand to greet members of the Cadavéu community.

Winners included:

-Arts: Carmen Linares and María Pagés.

-Social sciences: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma.

-Communications and humanities: Adam Michnik.

-Concord: Shigeru Ban.

-International cooperation: Ellen MacArthur.

-Sports: Refugee Olympic Team.

-Science: Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio and Demis Hassabis.

-Letters: Juan Mayorga.

IMAGES: The Germany State Visit

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited Germany for a three day state visit last week, which included multiple stops around the country.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, Elke Büdenbender, welcomed Their Majesties at the Belleview presidential palace and later held a state dinner.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia also visited Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey and walked to the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

King Felipe held meetings alone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.

Queen Letizia also made several solo visits, including a stop at the Cervantes Institute of Spanish language and culture in Frankfurt.

Spanish Royal Household

The state visit, according to custom, also included meetings with business leaders and Spaniards living and working in Germany.

Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of the Spanish Royal Family presided over the Fiesta de la Hispanidad national day military parade in Madrid Wednesday.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofia watched the parade with top government officials, including Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Their Majesties then hosted a reception at the Royal Palace. Princess Leonor was not in attendance today because she’s away at school.

Spanish Royal Household

Spain’s national day coincides with the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first landing in the Americas. It also coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

Several Latin American countries celebrate the Day of the Race or some variation.