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Princess Leonor to attend the Princess of Asturias and Princess of Girona Awards for the first time

Princess Leonor of Spain will attend the Princess of Asturias Awards and the Princess of Girona Awards later this year, Casa Real announced the news on Friday.

These two engagements will take place in October and November, respectively. Infanta Sofía, Princess Leonor’s younger sister, will accompany her; as well their parents, King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

The Princess of Asturias Awards are presented in the categories of the arts, communications and humanities, international cooperation, sports, literature, social sciences, technical and scientific research, and concord.

The Princess of Asturias Awards “contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and to consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain,” according to its official website.

The ceremony is held in the city of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the ceremony every year. The awards were named the Prince of Asturias Awards until Felipe assumed the throne and were formally changed the following year, though the expectation was that Princess Leonor would not attend until she was older, having been eleven at the time.

Princess Leonor has only carried out a handful of official engagements as Princess of Asturias. She paid her first official visit to Asturias last September, read an article of the Spanish Constitution on her 13th birthday in October and was named a Knight with the Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece the day before her 10th birthday. She was presented with the Order in January 2018.

In November, Princess Leonor will attend the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards, which are presented to “recognise the careers of young people between 16 and 35 years old in any part of the world who stand out for their work, their merits, and their exemplary,” according to their official website.

Awards are presented in the areas of social work, scientific research, arts and literature, business, as well as an international award.

Princess Leonor is Honorary President of the Princess of Girona Foundation, having assumed the position from her father, and the foundation is run on her behalf until she reaches her majority.

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