The Prince of Asturias will pronounce today the graduation ceremony’s speech of the Master in International Affairs by the University of Georgetown. The Prince will address the students, who belong to the same program he himself concluded ten years ago. The ceremony will take place at the gardens of the campus, and will start at the 9:00 p.m. GMT. The heir to the Spanish Throne arrived this Friday in Washington, where he had a private dinner offered by the authorities of the University.
The Prince shall return to Madrid on Sunday morning, to celebrate with his wife their first wedding anniversary; a celebration that, according to a spokesman of the Royal House, will have an intimate and familiar character.
The Prince of Asturias recommended the adventure of forming a family, like the one he’s living at the moment, on the way to become father; exactly today, on his first anniversary as a married man.
"Believe me, do not hurry up, but remember that the familiar adventure, in that I am immerged now, is also a rewarding experience, as difficult as exciting", declared the Prince in his speech to the students of the Master in International Affairs, who graduated yesterday, in the same course he himself concluded ten years ago.
"As a father-to-be, yet without experience, I cannot wait and I already recommend it totally", added the heir to the Spanish Throne, who excused for the absence of his wife, Princess Letizia, because of the usual annoyances for her first pregnancy.
She’s very much sorry for not participating in this celebration but "she’s certainly thinking on us and she sends you her best wishes".
But the Prince Felipe went even further on, when he said that he was owing an explanation to all those who felt slightly disappointed when seeing him alone: "We knew recently that we are going to be parents of our first child in November".
Nevertheless, the Prince did not want to lose the opportunity to address all the young people who "are now going to join the real world", advising them to fight for succeeding in their careers, but also in their private lives.
Balance of Spanish history
In his speech, Don Felipe took advantage of the occasion to make a detailed balance of the recent Spanish history, from the restoration of the monarchy, 30 years ago, to "the new reality of Spain", a country with a strong inner development and a dynamic role played on the international scene.
Felipe de Borbón insisted on the three of fundamental axes for Spain: the transatlantic agenda, the Latin American community of nations and the Mediterranean region: "our country, as member of the European Union (UE), has assumed its international responsibilities with the main objective to contribute to a better world". And that contribution demands, in his opinion, to face essential challenges, as terrorism "in all its forms", the violation of the human rights, ignorance and hate, diseases, hunger and poverty, and the environment.
The Prince made also reference to the relations with the United States, and emphasized that, for Spain, "to maintain a good and solid relation with the U.S.A. is a special reference for our foreign policy". "Good luck to all of you, do work hard, enjoy life and congratulations", concluded the Heir to the Spanish Throne that left Washington in the next hours, in order to return to Madrid and celebrate on Sunday his first wedding anniversary, next to his wife.