The 42nd ceremony of the Princess of Asturias Awards in the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo on the afternoon of this Friday, October 28, has been full of anecdotes to remember. After 78 days in Wales, Eleanor of Bourbon (16 years old) landed this Thursday in Oviedo with the sole objective of preside over the prestigious awards that bear the name of the title he holds, one of the most important moments for the head of state.

After delivering his emotional speech, in which he highlighted the figure of the younglike her, to whom she has communicated that she is aware that “the situation is not easy”, the firstborn has received a thunderous applause. As a result of nerves, he has left the lectern and taking a seat, to the right of his father, has joined the ovation of the stalls of the Oviedo Coliseum that was for her.

In that instant, Philip VI (54), after telling him up to three times how “very well” he had done, told him not to applaud himself. “don’t applaud yourself“, he snapped, accompanied by a complicit laugh. Ipso facto, Eleanor he has realized it, he has spread his hands with a gesture of surprise and, then, he has asked the King for “forgiveness”. You can see the moment the funniest of the Princess of Asturias 2022in the following video, just after the words of the heiress.

[Leonor, la princesa internacional: vestido de Michael Kors y pendientes de diamantes de Chanel]

Eleanor’s speech

I am very happy to return to Asturias for another year to present these Awards, which show that excellent work, constant effort and a sense of responsibility have great results.

In a few days I will be 17 years old. And I assure you that discovering the work of our winners helps me understand the world better that surrounds us Their work pushes me, everyone really, to keep learning. I have read about each one of them and I am impressed with what they have achieved. I care and am interested, because I know that your work, your efforts, look to the future and influence the present.

It matters to me that two exceptional artists remind us that flamenco is a living, rich, powerful, universal art, ours. A cultured art in which María Pagés and Carmen Linares achieve the harmony of those who evolve and at the same time maintain the essence of tradition.

I care and I am shocked that Adam Michnik is not afraid to do responsible journalism and rigorous. That this journalist and historian, a great defender of Democracy, works for reconciliation between his fellow citizens and the most optimistic Europeanism, despite his hard personal experience, demonstrates his exemplary spirit.

The princess of Asturias, Leonor de Borbón, while giving her speech.

It matters to me that the anthropologist and archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma has dedicated his life to rebuilding and to document with great scientific rigor what that of the inhabitants of pre-Hispanic Mexico was like. He reveals the past to us to understand what we are and what ancient and current societies have in common.

That the playwright and academic Juan Mayorga thinks that theater is the art of encounter, therefore, of the actor-spectator relationship, and that it helps us examine real lives and possible lives, matters to me. And also that this award serves so that art, culture, Mayorga’s special philosophical and mathematical perspective are valued as they deserve and help us to ask ourselves questions.

I care that our winners in Science investigate Artificial Intelligence because they are the technologies that are already with us and that will continue to allow us to progress in this discipline; so that machines are allies of Humanity and make life easier for us. Hinton, Hassabis, Bengio and LeCun have shown that the social impact of Artificial Intelligence needs resources and attention.

I also care and I am very concerned that an athlete cannot train and progress in his career because he has been forced to flee his country. That is why it is a great initiative that, for a few years now, athletes in this situation have had the opportunity to continue their activity in order to compete in the Olympic Games, thanks to the Refugee Olympic Team and its Foundation.

Y I care that architect Shigeru Ban cares about people who have lost their homes due to a war, a hurricane, an earthquake. And that offers them solutions to live without having to give up the right to privacy and dignity. It is also a benchmark in sustainable materials.

And also I care that Ellen MacArthur got governments, scientific institutions, large companies and society work together to make better use of natural resources; to propose solutions to avoid the loss of biodiversity; and to explain to us how it works and what the advantages of the circular economy are.

Ultimately, I care let’s all be here celebrating and learning, and that we recognize our winners with the best spirit that these times need. That is why I thank all of you who in a thousand ways support the Princess of Asturias Foundation for your effort and support.

Young people are aware that the current situation is not easythat the world has changed and continues to change and that the best way to progress is to maintain the enthusiasm to learn, equip ourselves with responsibility and capacity for effort, learn from those who know, from those who do their thing impeccably, to often silent. For this reason, on days like today, listening to, admiring and recognizing the excellence of our winners it makes us feel that things can always change for the better.

Thank you very much.

Source: Elespanol

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J. A. Allen

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