The heir to the throne of Spain has arrived in Oviedo for packed diary of events marking the Princess of Asturias Awards. Princess Leonor will spend three days in the northern region for a string of engagements celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the famous prizes.
Leonor, who turns 15 in just a few days time, arrived in Asturias on October 15th 2020 with her parents, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and her younger sister, Infanta Sofia. They began their time in the region with a visit to an exhibition celebrating the awards held at one of the best known buildings in Oviedo, the La Vega Arms Factory. The factory ceased work in 2012 and has since been used for cultural installations. It is currently host to a range of exhibitions marking this year’s Princess of Asturias Awards, its winners and the work being celebrated.
King Felipe, Queen Letizia and their daughters joined in a round table discussion about the work of the winners of the 2020 Award for Scientific and Technical Research as well as reviewing a digital photography exhibition ”Beyond vocation: Portraits of a Pandemic”.They also saw an audiovisual installation celebrating the work of Ennio Morricone and met artists and musicians.
The visit also included a tour of a sculpture exhibition and time in the ”Liquid Library”, an audiovisual tribute to literature which marks the presentation of the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities to the Guadalajara International Book Fair and the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts.
The presentation of the Princess of Asturias Awards will take place on October 16th 2020 at the Hotel of the Reconquista, the place where the prizes were founded four decades ago. Princess Leonor will oversee the awards ceremony, with the support of her parents and sister, and she will lead the royals in a truncated visit to the exemplary village of the year, Somao, on October 17th 2020.