King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, joined by the Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofia for the first time, are in Oviedo this week to preside over the 2018 Princess of Asturias Awards, to deliver a series of prizes to individuals, entities or companies from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. Established in 1980, the Princess of Asturias Foundation is a private non-profit institution, whose objectives are to contribute to the exaltation and promotion of how many scientific, cultural and humanistic values are universal heritage and consolidate their links to the Principality of Asturias. This was the first year the Princess has attended.
Arriving in Oviedo on the afternoon of October 17th, King Felipe, Queen Letizia, the Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia were received in an Official Welcome, which was followed by the King and Queen attending the XXVIII Princess of Asturias Concert Awards at the ‘Prince Felipe’ Auditorium. Afterwards, they met the Choir of the Princesa de Asturias Foundation and then attended a Dinner hosted in their honour by the President of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, also attended by the members of the Foundation’s Patronages and the winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards 2018.
The following morning, King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Queen Sofia, the Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia received the winners of the “End of Carrera 2018” awards from the University of Oviedo, the protective members of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, the presidents of the Juries of the Princess of Asturias Awards , members of the Patronages and patrons emeritus and, the winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards 2019 in the Convadonga Hall of the Reconquista Hotel.
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In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia were joined by Queen Sofia, the Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia for the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, where the Princess of Asturias presented the prizes and gave a speech to award the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international field, they are awarded in eight categories: Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Scientific Research and Technique, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports.