The Princess of Asturias is celebrating her 18th Birthday today with a series of festivities, led by Oath before the Cortes Generales, before receiving the Collar of the Order of Charles III at the Royal Palace of Madrid and a Dinner at the El Pardo Palace.
Los Reyes, la Princesa de Asturias y la Infanta Sofía llegan al Congreso de los Diputados, donde tendrá lugar la jura de la Constitución por parte de la Princesa de Asturias.#JuraConstituciónPrincesa— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) October 31, 2023
Los Reyes, la Princesa de Asturias y la Infanta Sofía llegan al Congreso de los Diputados, donde tendrá lugar la jura de la Constitución por parte de la Princesa de Asturias.#JuraConstituciónPrincesa
In the morning, accompanied by King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia (wearing her Bulgari Earrings), and Infanta Sofia, the Princess of Asturias (wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece) rode in a spectacular Procession through the streets of Madrid to the Congreso de los Diputados, where they reviewed the Guard of Honour.
The Princess of Asturias swore an Oath to the Spanish Constitution before the Cortes Generales, upon reaching the age of majority, according to article 61.2 of the Spanish Constitution:
I swear to faithfully perform my duties, to observe and ensure that the Constitution and the laws are kept, to respect the rights of citizens and the autonomous communities and to be faithful to the King”
After the swearing to the Constitution, the Princess of Asturias received the medals of The Congress and The Senate, before the Royal Family watched the Military Parade ahead of their Return to the Royal Palace in a Procession.
Upon their return, the Princess of Asturias received the ‘Collar of the Order of Charles III’ at the Royal Palace of Madrid, followed by a Luncheon with representatives of the highest authorities of the State. The Princess gave a speech:
On turning 18 today, and reaching the age of majority, I have taken the oath provided for in our Constitution. I have sworn to faithfully carry out my duties, to keep and ensure that the Constitution and the laws are kept, to respect the rights of citizens and the autonomous communities, as well as fidelity to the King.
From today I owe myself to all Spaniards, whom I will serve at all times with respect and loyalty. There is no greater pride. On this very important day – which I will always remember with emotion – I ask you to trust me, as I have put all my trust in our future, in the future of Spain
I have solemnly, formally and publicly committed myself to our democratic principles and our constitutional values, which I fully assume. And I have assumed a great responsibility towards Spain before the Cortes Generales, which I hope to reciprocate with the greatest dignity and with the best example
I have also sworn an oath of fidelity to the King. Not only to his person, but also to what the Crown symbolizes and represents: the unity and permanence of Spain. I remember very well what my father, the King, told me when he awarded me the Golden Fleece:
You will be permanently guided by the Constitution, complying with it and observing it, you will serve Spain with humility and aware of your institutional position.’
These are words that I will keep in mind at all times
In the evening, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia (wearing Queen Victoria Eugenie’s Diamond Earrings and Diamond Bracelets from the Joyas de Pasar) hosted a private dinner at the El Pardo Palace, which was attended by members of the Spanish Royal Family and the Ortiz Family, among them King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina, Princess Miriam al-Ghazi of Jordan, Dowager Princess of Turnovo, Prince Kubrat and PrincessCarla of Bulgaria, and the Duke and Duchess of Calabria.