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Princess Leonor to receive special honour from Madrid to mark milestone birthday

Princess Leonor is on the verge of turning 18, a milestone birthday that marks her entrance into adulthood, and Spain is getting ready to celebrate its next monarch’s big day. 

Aside from the very important duty of swearing her allegiance to the Spanish Constitution in front of a joint session of the Spanish Parliament, the Princess of Asturias will also receive a very important honor from the Community of Madrid. 

Its President, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has announced that in the next session of the Community’s Council, which will be celebrated on the 31st of October, a motion will be approved to award Princess Leonor the Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid. 

The medal is an honour that was created in 1985, based on the precedent of the Medal of Honour and Gratitude of the Province of Madrid. 

Leonor’s parents, the then-Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, received it in 2007 for their work in the community, as the honour is awarded to entities or individuals as an acknowledgment for their work towards the welfare and prosperity of the Community. 

The proposals for this honour have to come from the President of the Community, and have to be preliminarily approved by the Presidency Council, before they can be brought to the full of the Assembly of the Community, which then votes on the proposal. If it is approved, the act of concession will be published in the Official Bulletin of the Community of Madrid.

People who receive the Gold Medal have the right to be addressed as “Excellency”, while those who receive the Silver Medal have the right to the title of “Illustrious”. 

This particular act will be held coinciding with Princess Leonor’s 18th birthday, and her ceremony at the National Parliament. 

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