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An Ard Ri 11-03-2019 11:35 AM

I'm a little apprehensive about Princess Leonor's presence in Catalonia at this volatile time.

Somebody 11-03-2019 11:45 AM

That's indeed a rather courageous act. It seems the king and queen don't shy away from controversy currently with both this visit and the one to Cuba coming up.

carlota 11-03-2019 12:21 PM

indeed, a bit of a strange time for the introduction of leonor to catalonia. but this is something she needs to learn to deal with, so better sooner than later. and, of course, security will be on hand to ensure that things are under control.

Duke of Marmalade 11-03-2019 12:42 PM

It's nothing new and rather civil in comparison, Felipe grew up during ETA terrorism and he once said in an interview that he always was aware that he could see his parents for the last time when they left for events in case their car got blown up.
So no, backing off is not an option.

HereditaryPrincess 11-03-2019 05:20 PM

I'm a little worried too but I agree that it would look worse if the family completely backed out of the event - because for the SRF it would show the rioting parties have won and that might give them a motive to become more violent or threatening to the family than they have been (and then something particularly bad could happen). I commend Leonor even more for being poised and confident during these events given that these are rather dangerous times for Catalonia.

Somebody 11-03-2019 06:50 PM

I don't think Leonor has much choice in these matters. She will do as her parents tell her. We'll have to wait and see how it turns out tomorrow and on Tuesday.

Leonor never did these awards, so Felipe and Letizia could have continued doing them themselves but I guess they figured that would look bad given that Leonor did attend and speech at the Princess of Asturias Awards this year.

Duke of Marmalade 11-04-2019 12:47 AM

She's 14 now and needs to be seen in Spain, so far Spaniards know nothing about her.

It's about time, you can only trust somebody to lead the country someday you can identify with. Spanish monarchy has troubling sides as well Leonor needs to learn to cope with.

Duc_et_Pair 11-04-2019 03:53 AM

On the news I saw protesters in Catalonia in utter amazement: "What are they doing here? We do not want them here! Back off to Spain. This is our country!"

As if Catalonia is not Spain... In the brains of these separatists they have already said bye-bye to Spain.

lula 11-04-2019 06:54 AM

Meeting with winners of the awards in the previous editions

Meeting of the Advisory Council of the Princess of Girona Foundation

Delivery of 10th Princess of Girona Awards


Princess Leonor's speech in Spanish, English, Catalan and Arabic.

iceflower 11-04-2019 08:03 AM


Here are some more photos:

** semana article 1 ** semana article 2 ** semana article 3 **

** gettyimages: ESP: Spanish Royals Meeting With 'Princesa De Girona' Laureates **

julia garcia roch 11-04-2019 12:16 PM

Grace under pressure. That is valor. Catalonia has always been one with Spain. I so admire the SRF for being there. A lesson for the young princesses, not everything will be easy.Excited to hear their speeches tomorrow. The princesses were also at the meeting!

MJudith 11-04-2019 01:08 PM

How come the girls are not at school today? Is it some kind of holiday in Spain?

Duc_et_Pair 11-04-2019 01:27 PM

We can admire dresses but let us be fair: the Province of Girona has declared "their own" Princess of Girona as persona non grata (!). Reason to organize this Princess of Girona Award in Barcelona instead. This is not only an insult to Doņa Leonor but also to the King, whom himself was a proud Pince of Asturias, of Girona, of Viana, Duke of Montblanc, Count of Cervera and Lord of Balaguer, for decades.

Blog Real 11-04-2019 02:22 PM

Princess Leonor made a good speech and even spoke Catalan. It is being very well prepared.

Mbruno 11-04-2019 03:09 PM


Originally Posted by Blog Real (Post 2265802)
Princess Leonor made a good speech and even spoke Catalan. It is being very well prepared.

Could you provide a video link to her speech, especially the part where she is speaking Catalan ?

ANNIE_S 11-04-2019 03:10 PM

Everybody is talking about Princess Leonor's perfect Catalan, that is how you make a statement, sure :tongue:

She's getting more comfortable with each intervention and it shows.


Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2265812)
Could you provide a video link to her speech, especiallyb the part where she is speaking Catalan ?

This is the Catalan part of her speech, without the translator heard on RTVE videos:

I can't tell but it must have been good, there is a young man among the laureates who was sporting a yellow ribbon (the support to the independentist leaders in jail simbol) that didn't even applauded with the rest of the public when the RF entered the hall... But he is seen in the video applauding to Leo's Catalan :lol:

An Ard Ri 11-04-2019 03:39 PM

There were quite vocal anti monarchist protests in Barcelona

Duke of Marmalade 11-04-2019 03:52 PM

speech on twitter:

there are phrases in English, Arabic, Spanish & Catalan.

lula 11-04-2019 03:56 PM

Spanish Royals Attend 'Princesa de Girona' Foundation Awards

Spanish Royals Attend 'Princesa de Girona' Foundation Awards - Zimbio

HereditaryPrincess 11-04-2019 03:59 PM

Leonor did another impeccable job - it must have been quite a tiring day for both the girls, given the fact they had to change and get ready for the awards ceremony in the evening, but they carried it out in a very dignified and adult-like manner. Leonor speaking in Catalan and Arabic was also very impressive (any reasons why she spoke in Arabic?) - one can tell that both she and her sister Sofia are going to be fantastic assets to the SRF when they'll eventually have to become full-time working members of the family.


Originally Posted by MJudith (Post 2265790)
How come the girls are not at school today? Is it some kind of holiday in Spain?

I would think that making her debut in Catalonia as a princess/representing the country would be a perfectly fine excuse for missing a day off school! And their teachers can always watch the news if they didn't see the reason for Leonor and Sofia's absence :biggrin:
In all seriousness, though, the last holiday in Spain until Christmas on 23 December is All Saint's Day on November 1 where children got the day off. So it was a normal school day for Spanish children.

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