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Spain National Awards for Sports

  March 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm by

Yesterday, the Spanish Royal Family attended at the Royal Palace the official ceremony of delivery of National Sports for Awards 2009. The awards are hosted by the National Council for Sports, whose principal intention is to reward the more outstanding Spanish sportsman, associations and sports institutions of the year. Among others winners, this year the “Queen Sofia Award” goes to tennis players Virginia Ruano and Ana Isabel Medina, who won … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia visits El Jerte

  March 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm by

Yesterday Queen Sofia made a private visit to one of the most beautiful Spanish landscapes in spring, El Valle del Jerte. El Valle del Jerte is a valley dedicated to cherry production, located in the community of Extremadura, western Spain, near the Portuguese border. It is more than 40 miles long and contains 15,000 acres of cherries, the biggest planted cherry production in the world. Right before the cherry trees … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia’s Audiences

  March 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

Today the Queen of Spain met with Mary Ellen Iskenderian, chairwoman of Women’s World Banking, and Jennifer Nkuene Riria, General Director of Kenya Women’s Finance Trust. Both ladies are in Spain for the “La microfinanciación en África y Asia” (Micro Funding in Africa and Asia) international conference, hosted by the Casa Africa and Casa Asia. The conference will tackle the role of the enterprising women who have successfully directed institutions … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess of Asturias Celebrates Larra’s Bicentenary

  March 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm by

Yesterday evening in Madrid the Prince and Princess of Asturias presided over the opening of the activities to commemorate the Bicentenary of the birth of Spanish writer and journalist Mariano José de Larra. Among other activities, there will be a cycle of conferences in the Cultural club of Madrid, a meeting about Larra at the International University Menéndez Pelayo of Santander, and exhibitions, round tables, and a congress about mass … Continue reading

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2008 Award of Castillia and León in Economics “Infanta Crisitina”

  March 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm by

Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina attended the XIV edition of the 2008 Award of Castillia and León in Economics, which took place today in Burgos. This award was created in 1995 by the Council of Castilla y Leon to honour the research labour of individuals or institutions in the field of economics because of the importance of the economy to every aspect of society. This year’s award goes to the … Continue reading

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German President Visits Spain

  March 13, 2009 at 7:47 am by

The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Horst Köhler and his wife Eva Luise Köhler, recently went on an official visit to Spain on the occasion of the celebration of the 5th Hispanic – German Forum which was organised by the Official Credit Institute. The first day of the visit, March 12th, was spent with King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and The Prince and Princess of Asturias where … Continue reading

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Concert “In Memoriam”

  March 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm by

Today is the fifth anniversary of Spain’s worst terrorist attacks. On the occasion, the Prince and the Princess of Asturias attended the Concert “In Memoriam” in honor of the victims. The concert was organized by Fundacion Victimas del Terrorismo (Victims of Terrorism Foundation) and was performed by the Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, directed by Jose Ramon Encinar. On the morning of March 11, 2004 (two months before the … Continue reading

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Establishment of the Prince of Girona Foundation

  March 11, 2009 at 7:23 am by

Yesterday it was announced that a new foundation, the Prince of Girona Foundation, will be established in Spain. The Honorary President will be Prince Felipe of Spain. As heir to the Spanish Crown, Prince Felipe holds the title Prince of Girona. Four companies linked to Girona (Girona Camber of Commerce, Caixa Girona, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and La Caixa) will be founders of the new institution, whose main goals are “The … Continue reading

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Princess Letizia Celebrates Rare Diseases Day

  March 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm by

The Princess of Asturias celebrated today, for the first time in Spain and the second in Europe, the Rare Diseases Day 2009 which was organized by the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER), a non profit organization founded in 1999. Its main goal is “the visibility of these rare diseases and advocating for the rights of people living with rare diseases”. On the First International Day FEDER wants to give … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Visits the Medinaceli Basilica

  March 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm by

Infanta Elena of Spain visited today the Christ of Medinaceli Basilica in Madrid to venerate the image of the Jesus Nazareno. With this visit Infanta Elena continues with the Royal Family’s tradition of paying homage to the image every first Friday of March, which has been held for three centuries now. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia have also mage their homage back in 2004, shortly before they were married. The … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Pays Tribute to the Spanish Mass Media

  March 6, 2009 at 10:24 am by

Yesterday, Queen Sofia attended an event in Madrid, where the Help Against Drug-Addiction Foundation (FAD) paid tribute to the Spanish mass media, thanking them for their support and collaboration through the years. The FAD, of which Queen Sofia is Honorary President, is a non-profit private institution, whose principal mission is the prevention of drug consumption and its consequences. The collaboration between the FAD and the media began in 1986 when … Continue reading

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Princess of Asturias visits the National Heritage’s Workshops

  March 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm by

Princess Letizia visited today the National Heritage’s School Workshops and Workshops of Employment. The Spanish National Heritage started, in 1985, a program in which they could help unemployed people. With that intention these workshops were created, to train people in crafts that were at risk of disappearing, and that were essential for the restoration and maintenance of the Spanish artistic heritage. The school workshops are intended to attract young people … Continue reading

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Queen Sofia Awards 2008

  March 4, 2009 at 6:31 am by

Today, Her Majesty the Queen of Spain presented the 2008 Queen Sofia Awards for Disability Prevention and Universal Accessibility to the Municipalities, in a ceremony at Zarzuela Palace. The awards are organized by the Royal Board of Disability, of which the Queen is Honorary President. The mission of this charity is to encourage prevention of impairments, rehabilitation and social integration of people with disabilities. These issues were established some time … Continue reading

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Princess Letizia Visits Children’s Hospital

  February 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm by

Princess Letizia visited today the Sondureta hospital in Palma de Mallorca, where she had the opportunity to learn about the work that the Medical Smile Association performs in infant hospitals. The principal intention of this association is to bring some laughter to children who are spending some difficult moments in hospitals. This is done by introducing professional and specialist clowns in order that, through humour, they can collaborate in the … Continue reading

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Spanish King and Queen Visit Florida

  February 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm by

After their state visit to Jamaica King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia headed to Pensacola and Miami in Florida, USA. The visit started on February 18, when their Majesties attended the commemorative events marking the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Santa María settlement, the first Spanish settlement in the US, in Pensacola Bay by Tristán de Luna y Arellano. The next day, the King and Queen met with … Continue reading

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Caribbean Tour by the King and Queen of Spain

  February 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm by

This week King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain are making State visits to Trinidad and Tobago and to Jamaica. The King and Queen began this week by travelling to Trinidad and Tobago. On their arrival at Port-of-Spain their Majesties were welcomed by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, and later they met with Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, … Continue reading

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President Cristina Kirchner Meets Spanish Royals

  February 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm by

His Majesty the King received the President on Monday 9 February in an official ceremony at Pardo Palace. Later Ms. Fernandez had a private lunch in Zarzuela Palace hosted by the King and his family, and in the evening the King and Queen hosted a gala dinner in her honor. As is traditional in a state visit, the President visited the Spanish Parliament, where she give a short speech, and … Continue reading

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Preparations for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009 Have Begun

  February 10, 2009 at 12:04 pm by

The call for the 2009 Prince of Asturias Awards is now open. The Foundation has begun distributing the pamphlet containing the official announcement for candidatures and rules for the Prince of Asturias Awards 2009. There are eight awards: Communication and Humanities, Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Sports, and Concord. Each of the eight recipients is awarded 50,000 euros, a sculpture by Joan Miro, a diploma, … Continue reading

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Working Birthday for the Prince of Asturias

  January 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Last January 30 the Prince and the Princess of Asturias visited the city of Yecla, a town in the northernmost part of Murcia. The Princes’ first stop was to preside over a working meeting of the Arema Association. After the meeting, Their Royal Highnesses signed the Honor Book of Yecla’s Furniture Fair, and the Arema Association presented them with gifts, including books about the town of Yecla and two gold … Continue reading

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Letizia and Cristina with Spanish Youth and Children

  January 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm by

On January 23, both Spanish Princesses had engagements with the Spanish youth and children. The Princess of Asturias visited the SOS Children’s Villages Spain. SOS Children´s Villages is an international organization dedicated to children’s rights since 1949. Their activities focus on children without parental care and children whose families are in difficult circumstances through their programs and facilities. This organization works in 132 countries all over the world. Meanwhile Infanta … Continue reading

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