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Old 05-23-2005, 06:37 AM
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Prince Felipe is a former student of this university and he was the key speaker of this graduation.
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Old 05-23-2005, 06:55 AM
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Prince Felipe's speech, at Georgetown University's Graduation:

http://www.casareal.es/casareal/georg03di.html

I must admit I feel a little worried right now, to be presented in front of all of you knowing just how eager you are to get over this day and party as you deserve. All I hope is that these minutes that I dare steal from you will help open your hearts and eyes to what I intend tell you about my experience and also about my country.

President De Gioia, Dean Gallucci, trustees, faculty and staff, families and members of the Class of 2005.

As a Master graduate of the Edmund Walsh School Of Foreign Service only 10 years ago, nothing can be more exciting that to be here today and speak at this commencement ceremony. It is a rare honor, specially for someone just over 35 or is it just under 40, well, we don't need to be precise on that , do we!

I think at this time I owe you an explanation: I imagine that many of you are a slightly disappointed for my appearance here ALONE! Well, let me tell you, that is not even close to the disappointment that my wife, Princess Letizia, feels right now for not being able to participate in today's celebration. You see, we recently found out that we are going to have a baby (our first) in November and she is suffering all those uncomfortable symptoms for which travel is not very recommended (less so for just a 24 hour hop). As I speak, she's surely thinking about us and sends her best wishes to all of you, specially the Class of 2005.

I am deeply honored and thankful to have this opportunity that the Dean of the Walsh School and the students offer me to share with all of you the great joy of this day. I'm sure there's a wash of memories that run by your minds as you live it through and walk up to receive your degrees. My memories are still very fresh and very present even more as I stand here this afternoon.

The sense of accomplishment and pride combines with a ton of questions and uncertainties. But the confidence given by excellent teaching and the treasure of knowledge you carry will always help you pull-through the difficult moments; or at least they will let you know in time how to do better, that is, to learn more or to be humble enough to ask for help.

Today you get the final touch of the Georgetown experience (at least for the time being…). For me that meant the formal ending of an invaluable academic and human time of enrichment. One that makes us better prepared to serve society, to fulfill ourselves as men and women who can take-on responsibilities, and feel mature enough - and committed - to help build a better world.

I'm convinced that within all those emotions you feel today there are a good number that carry a deep sense of gratitude. If so, I hope that you will take the time to show and express them - as I do right now, once again - to teachers and classmates, and to the staff of this wonderful university.

Mind you, I trust your professors have warned you that the learning curve never ends, and that if by any chance you feel it does, you can be sure to be running down a dangerous path…

After every step I accomplished in my education, I always felt the pressure to continue. Largely because in today's world there is a constant need to rapidly increase our skills and knowledge in order to stay on-the-ball of things. But also because as you know more, you are automatically exposed to more; you also tend to broaden your scope of interest. And to be able to grasp it you just have to continue climbing up the curve. Who knows that also may be one way to become wiser! I'll tell you when I find out…

In addition to my education in Spain, first in the Army, Navy and Air Force Military Academies, and later as a Graduate in Law from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, The School Of Foreign Service provided me with a thorough grounding in International Relations. The academic resources together with the Washington experience that Georgetown University provided, have been specially useful to me in my job as Crown Prince of a Constitutional and Parliamentary Monarchy, which in our country holds an important position in foreign affairs. That is why I am so grateful to this university and to all the centers of academic excellence I have had the privilege and opportunity to attend. But above all, I am grateful to my parents (as you should be to yours) for providing me with such opportunity and encouraging me to always push further.

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Ladies and gentlemen

Allow me now to briefly talk you through what Spain has become in the last 30 years since the restoration of the Monarchy, the recovery of democratic rule and the subsequent profound transformation of its role (as a player) in the international arena.

In such a relatively short period of time, my country has undergone a dramatic liberalization and modernization process, opening-up economically and politically like never before, and taking on a much greater and ambitious position in international politics. All this, of course, was supported and legitimized by a proper framework of democratic coexistence among political opponents guaranteed by the 1978 Constitution. This Constitution was born out of a broad consensus of all the democratic forces represented in Parliament.

In this time, our per capita income has undergone unprecedented growth, our economy has become one of the most open in the world, social rights and benefits have improved and increased considerably along with the creation of almost seven million new jobs, dozens of universities have been opened, the highway network has expanded at a dizzying rate, and there has been a modernization of all kinds of infrastructures, high speed railroads, telecommunications, energy, and airports.

Spain has become the 12th largest donor of ODA, the 9th contributor to the UN budget, and it has gone from being a country of emigration to one receiving in the last few years over three million immigrants. A country that has for years combined its traditional status as a major recipient of foreign investment with that of being among the top ten countries investing in the rest of the world.

We have also gone from being a centralized country to become one of the most decentralized in the world, with 17 Autonomous Regions that have very large and wide-ranging powers, exercised by their own legislative and executive branches of government.

During this time, Spain has regained its proper role in the construction of Europe, while at the same time it has developed a very special relationship with LatinAmerica and the Mediterranean region, and promoting transatlantic relations from within the European Union.

Let me highlight a few events that will take place throughout the next months (and next year). I think they may help present a better view of our international commitments in those areas and explain how we have operated in the new framework of our foreign affairs in the last decades.

- Next year it will have been 25 years since Spain decided to join NATO, and in a few weeks it will be the 20th anniversary of our Accession Treaty to the European Union (then called EEC). The European Union today is an incredibly large and complex project of integration that fundamentally aims to better serve the cause of peace and prosperity in our continent and its willingness to cooperate and show generosity to the entire world.

- As proof of the new and intense path we have traveled these last few decades in the deepening of our relations with Latin America, next October Spain will host the 15th Summit which will bring together the 22 Ibero-American Heads of State and governments, including those of Portugal and Spain. (That is why we called it the IberoAmerican community of nations).

Our bilateral and multilateral relations with these IberoAmerican nations, so close to us for human, cultural and historical reasons, have become much more dynamic and intense in nearly every area than ever before. Not only in the spheres of high politics and cooperation, but also in those of education, cultural exchange, and specially in economic fields such as investments in the financial sector, in industry and in services. Spain is now among the top-ranking countries investing in that region.

Of course, then there is the language we share with the IberoAmerican nations. The Spanish language has experienced an enormous expansion in recent decades all over the world, with over 400 million speakers for whom it is their mother tongue. Its growing rapidly in demand as second or third language in education, and is today the second most widely spoken language in this country. It is also important to remember that it holds an invaluable status as a first-rate cultural instrument with great influence in the current swell of the profitable cultural industry. Over all, it is safe to say that Spanish is also the second most widely-used language of communication in the world ( that goes for the Internet too !).

- With regard to the Mediterranean area, on account of our history, culture and geographic location we - in Spain - feel strongly compelled to contribute with the best of our efforts to provide this important region with a space of true peace, security, stability and prosperity. That is why, also this year, in November, our country will host a summit in Barcelona to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean process, as a tribute to our initiative and dedication to this process of bridging the economic and social differences with the Southern Rim.

- Shortly afterwards, it will also have been 10 years since the United States and the European Union signed in Madrid the Transatlantic Declaration during the Spanish presidency of the EU. This declaration established the grounds for stronger relations between these two - shall we call - "giants" of democracy, prosperity and stability.

For Spain, a medium European power with strong transatlantic interests, maintaining a good and solid relationship with the United States is an essential point of reference for our foreign policy.

As I said a week ago at the closing ceremony of the 10th US-Spain Forum held in Sevilla, it is crucial for Europe and the United States to safeguard and strengthen the transatlantic link of friendship, loyal partnership and mutual understanding, as a fundamental basis for progress and security of a group of Nations that are geographically separate, but united in the defense of the same ideals and values, namely: freedom, individual rights, the rule of law and democracy.

Treading towards the end of my speech, I would like to offer just a couple of anecdotes on the cultural ties between Spain and the United States, dating back to the late 16th century at the very birth of what became this great nation, where Anglo-Saxon and Spanish cultures coexist, of course with native Americans, and also with a myriad of foreign cultures that constantly enrich this country's soul.

I won't brag about the obvious remnants of Spanish influence in the South or West (from Florida to California), nor in the origin of the dollar sign coming from the Spanish Crown's contribution (up the Mississippi river) to finance your fight for independence. But around that period, American scholars of the Enlightenment began to take an interest in Spanish culture and of course read its foremost literary expression, Don Quijote, (whose 4th Centennial we celebrate this year).

To such a degree this happened that it seems that on the very day the Constitution of the United States of America was adopted (September 17th, 1787), George Washington noted on his diary that he had paid a Philadelphia bookseller 22 shillings and 6 pence for an English translation of Don Quijote. Some days earlier - it seems - he had dinner with Benjamin Franklin - who was a distinguished member of the Spanish Royal Academy since 1774. And, so the story goes, this timeless masterpiece written by Cervantes had been a topic of their intellectual discussion. (Shows how different schedules and stress in public office where back then. I guess we miss a bit of that in this accelerated world of today).

There have been many examples of tribute and appreciation shown by American authors and scholars since: Mark Twain, Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and, more recently John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway. And there are many more cultural examples of closeness and mutual interest binding our two Nations throughout history. Don't worry I won't burden you with them right now. But let me just say that they all help us to understand how much benefit we can extract from coming even closer, specially by sharing culture and education.

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Old 05-23-2005, 06:57 AM
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Ladies and gentlemen, dear Graduates,

Today, 30 years after my father ascended to the throne, and 27 years since our Constitution was overwhelmingly supported by a popular referendum, the new reality of Spain is one of a strong and far-reaching internal development, together with a dynamic role in the international scene as a medium power. With those three focuses I mentioned earlier: the transatlantic agenda, the Ibero-American community of nations and the Mediterranean region, our country, as a member of the EU, has taken on its international responsibilities with the ultimate aim of contributing to a better world through greater cooperation, and dealing with the main challenges that faces Human kind: terrorism, in all its forms; the violation of human rights, rights that should be the moral high ground of any successful society; ignorance and hatred, that are a root to so many of our global problems; illnesses, hunger and poverty, the tragic triad that causes most of the pain this world suffers; and last but in no way least the environment that we live in and don't care for as much we should.

And now comes my farewell to all you graduates who now after celebrating the end of an enlightening, demanding and exciting time here at Georgetown SFS, will take-off and join the real world to try and excel both in your careers and in your personal lives. Believe me, don't rush to it, but remember that the family adventure - in which I am presently immersed - is also a thrilling, demanding and specially rewarding experience. As a soon-to-be father (and still lacking the experience) I cannot wait and already, strongly recommend it.

Good luck to you all, work hard, enjoy life and congratulations to you and your proud families. Just one last thing, remember how much Georgetown has given us...
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Thanks for posting the speech Elsa! I tought this line was funny --"specially for someone just over 35 or is it just under 40, well, we don't need to be precise on that , do we! "
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You're welcome, Marezdote!
The speech was a remarkale one, in a whole, and that particular line was very funny too. :)
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he is graduated in politics and economy?
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he is graduated in politics and economy?
Prince Felipe took his degree in law, and also a number of subjects from the Economics syllabus, in order to round off his training in that area. Besides, he got a Master Degree in International Affairs, by the University of Georgetown.

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The main dates of the life of Don Felipe

30.1.1968: it is born in Madrid. 1972/1984: it studies EGB and BUP in the school Santa Mar?a of the Rosales. It is baptized the 8 of February of same a?o. Its godmother, do?a Eugenia Victory, stepped on Espa?a for the first time from 1931. The photo gathers this ceremony, and in her figure Don Juan, father of the King.

21.1.1977: It receives the acreditativos attributes of Pr?ncipe de Asturias.

Septiembre of 1980: first official visit to Asturias, where it presides over the constituent act of the Fundaci?n Pr?ncipe de Asturias.


Internal in Canada

5.9.1984: registered in the Lockfield College School of Toronto (Canad) in order to make studies equivalent to the Course of Orientaci?n Universitaria (COU) espa?ol.

11.10.1985: Militar de Zaragoza swear ins in the General Academy.


It swears the Constitution

30.1.1986: Don Felipe is proclaimed inheriting of the throne. Then oath the espa?ola Constituci?n, as one sees in the solemn photo, one sesi?n in the Senate and the Congress of the Deputies.

1.9.1986: it enrolls in the Military Naval academy of Mar?n (Pontevedra).

2.1987:it enters in the Aviation school of San Javier (Murcia), in his periplo of passage by the three ej?rcitos.


Military specialty

1988: it begins Economics and Law studies in the Autonoma of Madrid. License in 1994.

?10.9.1991: first official trip to Latin-america.

27.7.1992: it ascends to captain of Ejercito of the Air.

25.7.1992: it registers delegaci?n espa?ola in the Ol?mpicos Games of Barcelona of 1992, in the stage of Montju?c.


In the university

29.1.1993: it ascends to lieutenant of nav?o of the Navy.

30.1993: it ascends to capit?n of the Ej?rcito de Tierra.

1993/1995: it makes in Washington (the U.S.A.) masters in International Relations in the University Cat?lica de Georgetown.

1996.97: finished acad?mica and military his formaci?n, trabajar' like representative of the Real House in official acts begins '.


P.S. I'm sorry the translation. :(
(You can see the original page in http://www.udel.edu/leipzig/texts4/elg26018.htm)
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The Prince of Asturias emphasized today the social work of the Foundation 'Company and Society', whose partners dedicated, just in 2004, more than 180 million euros, to face enterprise 'as an opportunity to improve the well-being of those who are close to them’.

Don Felipe closed with his speech the annual meeting of the Foundation, that gathers in Madrid near one hundred companies, to which he transmitted all the support and congratulation, in his own name and the one of the Princess, who could not attend the meeting.

Don Felipe stressed that economy and social responsibility are 'inseparable, because they can only be understood together. The economic development can not take place, if it does not include the social dimension, among which it is developed; and the society, on the other hand, cannot develop in a balanced way, if not among an adequate economic surrounding’, he emphasized.

The motto of this Foundation summarizes, according to Don Felipe, the key idea of these companies, which are assuming more and more their social responsibility. Don Felipe added that, with these initiatives, problems are solved, by developing the social welfare and the enterprise creativity, in so many different scopes, as those of education of young people, women, immigrants, prisoners and others.
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The Prince of Asturias inaugurated today in Bordeaux the two pavilions of Spain in VINEXPO 2005, where Spain is represented by more than 156 companies.

At his arrival to VINEXPO, Don Felipe inaugurated the Spanish pavilions, and after almost two hours of route, the Prince shared a lunch with Spanish owners of wine cellars. During the lunch with French authorities and the Spanish producers, Don Felipe stressed that 'our warehouses have made a considerable effort to incorporate the technological innovation, not only in the vines, but also in the processes of elaboration and commercialization'. The results are visible: Spain exports wines, in a total of more than 1500 million euros.

The Prince of Asturias, who was wearing the necktie of Madrid 2012, emphasized that the Spanish producers have known to conciliate tradition with innovation, and praised the work of the producers and owners of wine cellars, for their way towards the excellence of Spanish wines.

It was initially predicted that the Princess de Asturias accompanied Don Felipe, but a slight illness caused by her pregnancy advised her stay in Madrid.

Before leaving Bordeaux, the Prince will also meet the Spanish owners of wine cellars, to know more about the sector. His presence in this fair responds to the interest of the Crown of endorsing the Spanish productiveness.

The wine sector supposes more than 30000 jobs and plays an important role in the environmental conservation.
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Prince Felipe today at the Winexpo - From Terra
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Su Alteza Real el Príncipe de Asturias ha inaugurado la Feria Mundial de vino VINEXPO en Burdeos. Don Felipe en sus palabras, destacó que los productores españoles hayan sabido conciliar la tradición con la innovación, y elogió el trabajo de los viticultores y bodegueros en este camino hacia la excelencia de los vinos españoles, recordando que España es el "primer país del mundo en superficie dedicada al cultivo de viñedo". Unos 2.400 expositores de 47 países diferentes mostrarán sus productos a los 45.000 visitantes que se espera que acudan durante los cinco días de duración del evento. En la imagen, Don Felipe y la ministra de Comercio francesa, Christine Lagarde, en la inauguración de la XIII edición de Vinexpo.
(Burdeos (Francia), 20 de junio de 2005)

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Prince Don Felipe trusts that the Observatory of the Sustainability in Spain obtains a more sustainable development the Prince excused the absence for Princess de Asturias in Pastrana (Guadalajara)"for reasons that will include/understand" PASTRANA (GUADALAJARA), 21 Jun. (EUROPE PRESS)

S.A.R. Prince Felipe today presided over in Pastrana (Guadalajara) the act of presentation of the first Report of the Observatory of the Sustainability in Spain (HE DARES), organism that is born with the intention to produce excellent information "that it helps us to obtain a more sustainable development" allows to generate more prosperity and quality of life with smaller use of resources and minor environmental degradation. To the act of presentation of this report of Spring 2005, that was celebrated the Ducal Palace of the locality, future seat of DARES, was predicted the attendance also of the Princess de Asturias, whose absence excused the Prince "for reasons that will include/understand". On the matter, sources of the Real House indicated that Princess de Asturias had own indisposiciones of her state but that everything ran with total normality.

Prince, which he gave the enhorabuena to the Observatory of the Sustainability by a report that described as valuable, said that with the contribution of this singular Observatory "we will have the capacity at the same time to watch the multiple economic, social and environmental facets of the development in Spain, to approach us of more accurate form the reality and from his more precise knowledge to be able to undertake its improvements in the necessary thing". He described as forced and opportune the change towards the sustainability and indicated that "we are forced to look for technological solutions outposts by means of the energies of renewable character" remembering that in this field of the outer dimension of the renewable energies Spain presents/displays so good behavior that begins to be recognized like country leader world-wide level. KIOTO PROTOCOL. In addition, the strong involution of the sector of the renewable energies, affirmed, contributes to reach a double objective, that is the one to improve the Spanish situation facing the fulfillment of the Protocol of Kioto and to adjust the outer balance of the country. It emphasized, also, like showy conclusion of the report, the fact that present Spain deficiencies in the matter of society of the knowledge and remembered that the knowledge and the innovation are the motors of the sustainable growth. It is important, it indicated Don Felipe, because the task of the Observatory of Sustainability of Spain allows to open a debate so that the society becomes aware from the spread of the problem and it also talked about another "great and peculiar challenge" that raises the report, as he is the one of the degradation of the territory "with increasing risk for our natural patrimony and our biodiversity". In any case, the Prince aimed that there are "important signals of hope" because the report shows the margins available to act and declared that the report invites to reflect and to ask to us on the best form to explore and to advance in so important land for the future of the Spaniards. For that reason, "our scientific and technological economic effort must be enabled to apply creative and sustainable solutions that allow to maintain and to extend the well-being level doing it compatible with a use responsible for our resources and with a always careful respect of our natural surroundings". This report on the situation and perspective of progress in the matter of sustainability will produce it annually recently created Observatory of the Sustainability in Spain (IT DARES), with seat in the University of Alcala, that initiated its activities in February of 2005, like result of an agreement between the Ministry of Medio.ambiente, the General Foundation of the University of Alcala and the Foundation Biodiversity, informs the Ministry. INTEGRAL VISION And RIGOR.

On the other hand, minister of Medio.ambiente, Cristina Narbona, had gratefulness words to which they have made possible that this report appeared today, that supposes "an integral" vision and that must serve the Government and to the citizens to acquire and to assume a social and collective scope it jeopardize with the medio.ambiente. She said that this new organ "has all the rigor to give the best one of the diagnoses and to contribute the suitable therapy", and in addition is an Observatory "without limits to say the truth" when working like an independent organism. The minister, who made reference to the European constitutional process, and showed her confidence in the integration process considering that are signals for the hope, in spite of the difficult context, for the UE and Spain, thanked for to the Prince her presence in the act because she supposes "the commitment of the Real House" with the sustainable development. NOT TO WASTE RESOURCES.

The regional president, Jose Maria Barreda, remembered before minister and Pri'ncipe, the water problems of Castile-The Spot, aiming that there is to deliver an attack not to waste the limited resources, mainly the water, in one season of drought in which "still we are more sensible". Barreda indicated that the water shortage cannot limit the progress and demographic development that is being "spectacular" in zones of the region like the Runner of the Henares in Guadalajara and the toledana Sagra, and remembered that for the first time the Government of Spain and the Ministry have begun to consider the necessities of Castile-The Spot from the point of view of the national hidrológica planning. Also, it described as success the election of the Palace Ducal de Pastrana -- rehabilitated by the University of Alcala de Henares -- to locate the Observatory of Spain, emphasizing the good news that supposes the recovery of the Historical Patrimony of Castile-The Spot. NEW ETHICS OF RESPONSIBILITY.

The person in charge of the Observatory, Domingo Jiménez, alluded to the areas of intervention of the study, and remembered that this one supposes a challenge for the Spanish territory, where between 1990 and 2000 has been an increase of the urbanized areas of the 26 percent, a 25 percent of everything what she had urbanized myself in previous centuries.

On the other hand, the director of the University of Alcala, Virgilio Zapatero, emphasized the paper of the Ducal Palace to become "motor" of Castile-The Spot from the point of view of the environmental investigation, and requested a new ethics of responsibility to avoid risks that put in danger the conditions of indefinite continuity of the Earth man.

The act also they attended the mayor of Pastrana, Juan Pablo Sanchez; the president of the provincial Delegation, Jose Carlos Moratilla; the advisor of Medio.ambiente, Rosary Arevalo, and the mayor of Guadalajara, Jesus Alique.

Before leaving Pastrana, the Prince broke the protocol and he approached the numerous public who waited for it to the doors of the Palace of Ducal to the shouts of "Felipe, Felipe".

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he is appearing many times alone. :(
Hopefully we'll get to see the whole family next Friday at the King's Onomástica.
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