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Queen Sofia and Infanta Elena unite to recognise work in creating fairer society

In a ceremony held in Madrid, Queen Sofía presented the prestigious Fundación MAPFRE 2023 Social Awards. These awards were designed to honour individuals, organizations, and projects that strive towards fostering a fairer and more equal society through their work.

Fundación MAPFRE awards hold international significance, offering a total prize fund of 90,000 euros, along with the International Prize for Julio Castelo Matrán insurance, worth 120,000 euros.

Upon her arrival, Her Majesty was warmly received by her daughter, Infanta Elena, President of the Constitutional Court.

Queen Sofia and Infanta Elena with the winners of the awards (Casa de S.M. el Rey)

The awards were presented in several categories, each recognizing exceptional contributions to society.

Carlos Sainz Cenamor, a two-time world rally champion and three-time Dakar champion, received the José Manuel Martínez Martínez Lifelong Professional Award. The Brazil Foundation was recognized with the Award for Best Entity for their outstanding work in addressing social needs in Brazil, promoting equity, socio-environmental justice, and opportunities.

The Madrid City Council Fire Department was also recognised, winning the Award for Best Project or Initiative for its social impact. Lastly, Pilar González de Frutos was honoured with the XI Julio Castelo Matrán International Insurance Award.

Queen Sofía expressed her gratitude to the recipients for their dedication, emphasizing the importance of their contributions in creating a more equitable and compassionate society.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.