Their Majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain attended a concert in memory of victims of terrorist attacks on 8 March at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid.
This was the 15th edition of the “In Memoriam Concert” hosted by the Victims of Terrorism Foundation. The National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, the Montemadrid Foundation, the RTVE Orchestra and Choir and the Madrid City Council all provided support, as well.
Before the concert, the National Anthem was played, followed by a moment of silence for the victims of terror attacks.
After the completion of the first part of the concert, the King and Queen briefly met representatives of the symphony orchestra and choir of Spanish Radio Television, soloists, and members of the Victims of Terrorism Foundation.
According to Casa Real, who commented on the orchestra performing part of the concert, “The Symphony Orchestra and Choir of RTVE, under the direction of Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez, with the soprano María Espada, the mezzo-soprano Mireia Pinto and the tenor Agustín Prunell-Friend, interpreted the Symphony No. 8 in the minor “Unfinished” by Franz Schubert and the Requiem in re minor K.626 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.”
In 2003, Queen Sofía attended the first edition of the concert. The next year, then Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attended the event a few months after the Madrid terror attacks on 11 May 2004. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía appeared the next year with various members of the Spanish Royal Family presiding over the event each year with the previous two years having King Felipe and Queen Letizia in attendance.