Leonor’s call to responsibility in her speech in Oviedo

A princess with her feet on the ground. At almost fifteen years old – she will meet them at the end of this month – Leonor has participated in one more edition of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Awards. Some awards that this year have been marked by the coronavirus crisis, which has forced the ceremony to move from the Campoamor Theater to the Covadonga Hall of the Reconquista Hotel, the same room in which, forty years ago, Don Felipe signed the act of incorporation of the then Prince of Asturias Foundation.

The Princess and the King in a moment of the awards ceremony / Gtres

Shortly before the end of the ceremony, Leonor approached the lectern to deliver her speech. Quietly, she has removed her mask and following her mother’s wake, she has placed the microphones at her height. Leonor began her speech by recalling her speech from the previous year, the first of which she would deliver in her life. A message full of thanks and calls to responsibility, as well as details towards the winners.

The Princess has ensured that her commitment to the foundation grows firm and solid, in a year in which it celebrates its 40th anniversary. There have been hardly any personal references, unlike what happened last year, but the heiress wanted to focus his speech on the importance of responsibility given the complicated situation generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Princess receives her father’s congratulations after her speech / Gtres

«I am almost fifteen years old», Leonor said and «I follow very closely, like many children and young people my age, what happens in our country”. The eldest daughter of Don Felipe and Doña Letizia has recognized that it is very important to adapt to the new situation, without losing hope that everything will improve in the future. “If there is something that my sister Sofía and I have learned, it is the sense of responsibility. Our parents have always taught us this. And I think the young people of my generation are also aware of this. A sense of responsibility that goes through never forgetting the people around us, who love us and whom we love, ”he stressed.

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Leonor has intervened just before the King / Gtres

A sense of responsibility that, added to solidarity, is important to overcome the complicated situation in which we find ourselves. “When at times like these we try to be responsible and supportive, we ensure a better future. That is why our awards give us hope, because they are recognition for those who, with their dedication, work tirelessly to achieve, together, the progress and well-being of the whole of society ”, concluded the Princess.

Leonor has not forgotten Queen Sofía, who has not missed the awards ceremony and although she has not made a direct reference to her, she has directed her gaze to the box in which she was located. At the end of her speech, the Princess received the congratulations of the Kings and her sister, although this year there have been only a few gestures of affection contained, as indicated by the security measures.

Here is the full speech of the Princess:

“A year has passed since I participated for the first time in this ceremony and I will not forget that October 18, 2019. For its meaning and for all the love I received. I am very grateful for it. Also today it is exciting for me to be here again. It is the 40th anniversary of the Foundation and my commitment to it, to the winners and to Asturias is growing firm and solid.

A year later, everything has changed a lot. Our awards ceremony cannot be held as usual, as I experienced it myself and as my parents have told me so many times. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all those who have made it possible for us to be here today. Of course, my admiration and respect also go to the winners, whom we honor today. We have a lot to learn from you: the pandemic We live in Spain and the rest of the world has altered our lives in many ways. My most respectful memory is always for the people who have passed away from COVID-19 and for their families. And also for those who suffer from the disease right now. I am almost fifteen years old. I follow very closely, like many children and young people my age, what happens in our country. And after not going to school for months, going back to class showed us that we have to adapt to these new circumstances, always hoping that everything will improve.

But if there is something that my sister Sofía and I have learned, it is the sense of responsibility. Our parents have always taught us this. And I think the young people of my generation are also aware of this. A sense of responsibility that happens by never forgetting the people around us, who love us and whom we love. And we have also verified the importance of solidarity thanks to people who, like the winners, are an example of how to face difficulties. With your extraordinary work and talent, you set the path for us.

When at times like these we try to be responsible and supportive, we ensure a better future. That is why our awards give us hope, because they are recognition for those who, with their dedication, work tirelessly to achieve, together, the progress and well-being of the entire society.

Thank you very much”