King, Queen Hand Out Prestigious Awards

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia handed out Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts gold medals to several Spanish luminaries today at Zarzuela Palace just outside Madrid.

Recipients were tenor Plácido Domingo, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, Tamara Rojo, Sara Baras  and Paco Peña.

King Juan Carlos and Almodóvar.

The King thanked the Washington, D.C.-based Kennedy Center for showcasing Spanish culture. He also noted Spain’s connection with American history and the importance of Hispanic culture in the U.S.  And he said the award recipients “contribute with their work to maintain Spain’s name at the highest levels of artistic creation.”

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