King Felipe and Queen Letizia went into what has become hostile territory late last week to hand out the Princess of Girona Awards.
Girona is a region is Spain, in Catalonia, with a relatively high rate of pro-independence sentiment.
Girona officials denied the King and Queen use of an arena there, citing repairs, and Catalan officials did not attend.
Still, the ceremony, organized by the Princess of Girona Foundation, appeared to be a success.
The King, during his remarks, called for a Catalonia “by all and for all.”
The King and Queen, the day after the awards, also met with participants of a program to encourage young professionals.
Demonstrators for and against the Crown meant increased security surrounding the royal visit.
The King’s daughter, as heir to the Spanish throne, is Princess of Asturias and Girona, among other titles.
The title dates back to when the prince or princes of Girona was the hair to the Crown of Aragon.