The Princess of Asturias 2020 move to the hall of their foundation in an intimate ceremony with winners and the Royal Family

The Kings Felipe VI and Letizia, along with the Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofía, will preside this Friday the ceremony of delivery of the Princess of Asturias Awards, a celebration that in its fortieth edition will feature reduced capacity and strict security measures to avoid the risk of contagion of the coronavirus.

The ceremony has been moved in this edition to Covadonga Room of the Hotel de la Reconquista de Oviedor, where the winners and the Royal Family will be, with a box reserved for Queen Sofía, who as usual will attend this appointment in the Asturian capital.

It was in this room where, in 1980, the Princess of Asturias Foundation was established. In this very place, and just like then, the Orchestra of the University of Oviedo will intervene in the awards ceremony coinciding with the forty-year history of the institution. The Orchestra will interpret the National Anthem of Spain at the beginning of the act and the ‘Pavana in F sharp minor, Op. 50’, by Gabriel Fauré, during the entrance of the winners.

In homage to Ennio Morricone, his son Andrea Morricone, will direct the piece from the film Once Upon a Time in America ‘Deborah’s theme’, performed by the string and bass ensemble Enol Ensemeble. The royal Band of Bagpipes Ciudad de Oviedo will perform the parade of ‘El Xarreru’ from the Patio de la Reina of the Hotel de La Reconquista.

Awards ceremony without public

Due to sanitary circumstances, the Princess of Asturias Foundation has developed a General Prevention Plan and has organized the ceremony in such a way that Only the winners and the patrons of the Foundation will attend. The Foundation has specified this Thursday that the act has the approval of the General Directorate of Public Health, after having reevaluated the security protocol after the entry of Asturias into the new ‘phase 2’ of de-escalation.

Thus, in the Covadonga Room they have arranged that only the Royal Family, Queen Sofía, Asturian President Adrián Barbón are present together with more Asturian and state authorities pending confirmation, the president of the Foundation, Luis Fernández-Vega, and those winners who have decided to attend the ceremony. The Foundation did not request assistance from the winners given the “varied and complex situation in which the different countries of residence of the winners find themselves.” The Patrons of the Princess Foundation They will follow the ceremony from the Reconquista Room of the same hotel together with relatives of the winners, with a capacity of 100 people.

The winners who have confirmed their attendance at the event have been one of the recipients of the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, Emmanuel Candés; the son of the recently deceased Ennio Morricone –awarded with the Princess of Asturias de las Artes–, Andrea Morricone; the winner of the Princess of Sports Award, Carlos Sainz; the award-winning Communication and Humanities, Cristina Fuentes and María Sheila Cremaschi; and a representation of the health personnel, Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, with the head of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Hospital Gregorio Marañón and the Grupo Hospitalario Privado HM (Madrid), Jose Eugenio Guerrero Sanz, to the head.

The ceremony will begin at 6:20 p.m. this Friday with the entrance of the winners to the Covadonga Hall through the Hotel’s Patio de la Reina. Nine minutes later, the Kings, the Princess, the Infanta Sofía and the Queen Emerita will follow the same route to enter the room. After the interpretation of the Spanish anthem, the first to speak will be the President of the Foundation, Luis Fernández-Vega.

On this occasion, in the absence of several winners, the awards ceremony and the traditional speeches with messages recorded by the winners who have not attended will be interspersed throughout the ceremony. This will play a speech by Anne Carson, Princess of Asturias Award for Literature; and the president of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Raul Padilla, Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. The athlete Carlos Sainz will deliver his speech live, as well as Jose Eugenio Guerrero Sanz on behalf of health workers.

In between, there will be greetings and recorded messages from Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation; of Dani Rodrik, Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences; John williams, Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts; and a video of Ingrid Daubechies, Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research.

Speeches by King Felipe VI and the Princess of Asturias, Eleanor of Bourbon, They will close the ceremony, which is expected to end shortly before 8:00 p.m. with the announcement of the next edition of the awards by the King and the interpretation of the Anthem of Asturias by the Real Band of Bagpipes Ciudad de Oviedo.