On Saturday, King Felipe and Queen Letizia along with Princess of Asturias Leonore and Infanta Sofia visited Asiegu (Cabrales) in Asturias to present the Exemplary People of Asturias award.
The village of Asiegu is the winner of this year’s Exemplary People of Asturias. Asiegu is a village in the eastern council of Cabrales, located on the southern slope of the Sierra del Cuera, about four hundred meters above sea level. With a population of 98 neighbours, its location constitutes a balcony from which one can observe, the south, the high mountain massifs of the Picos de Europa. In its surroundings are archaeological sites such as the prehistoric cave of Covaciella (discovered in 1994 and declared World Heritage by Unesco as part of the Palaeolithic rock art of Northern Spain), which certifies that this is an area populated since very remote time dated between 1700 and 1500 BC, known as the “axes of Asiegu”.
The Exemplary People of Asturias Award has been presented by the Foundation for wider and better reception within the Principality every year. They are awarded to “the people, village, population center, space landscape or human group of the Principality of Asturias that has stood out in a remarkable way in the defense and conservation of its natural, environmental, historical, cultural or artistic heritage, in initiatives of economic and social impulse or in the realization of communal works or other outstanding manifestations of solidarity”.
This 2500 Euro award was first convened in 1990 when the tenth anniversary of the Foundation was completed and has a different nature and character to the Princess of Asturias Awards. This year the winner was chosen out of 26 applications.
After the arrival greetings, the royal family began their tour of the village by visiting the cheese factory “La Pandiella”, where the owner of the cheese factory, José Miguel Mier, explained the techniques of the preparation of Cabrales Cheese.
After the visit to the cheese factory, Felipe and Letizia with their young daughters headed towards the balustrade entitled “Tribute to Les vaques” where they greeted the members of the Jury of the Exemplary People’s Prize of Asturias 2019.
The author of the balustrade, José Sahagún, made a brief explanation about his work. This was the first time when Leonore and Infanta joined their parents on this award ceremony.
Princess of Asturias Leonore, who presented Princess of Asturias foundation awards yesterday for the first time, discovered a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
From their Spanish royals continued the tour and headed towards the Llagar Sidra Pamirandi, where they learned how the cider is handcrafted by Manuel Niembro, owner of the llagar.
There they greeted a group of ladies who were making crocheted rugs, then visited the Asiegu Cheese Factory, where their owners, Pablo Ruíz and Rocío Bueno, explained the handmade elaboration of Cabrales Cheese.
Then they visited a typical Asturian house with a balcony to see how the people live in the village.
Outside the house, they greeted a group of Asiegu children, while two of them performed a musical piece with bagpipes.
Next, the family moved to the Church of San Miguel de Asiegu, where the folk group “Corri-Corri” of Las Arenas performed the dance “Corri-corri”, traditional dance to ask for food and health from the Blessed Sacrament.
Marking her first event as the Princess of Asturias, Leonore gave her second speech during the visit to her Mother’s hometown. She said, “The towns like Asiegu are a treasure of Spain that we have to love, care for and protect. We just learnt the cheese shops, the llagar, the beautiful things of this place that show that in this town there is life, there is beauty and there is a future that defends very important values such as respect and knowledge of nature and the environment; the value of the neighborhood, of working together, of traditions and also of progress. Let me congratulate you on that. “
The day ended with a traditional lunch that was hosted after the Asturias Anthem performed by the Band of Bagpipes of PDO Cabrales “Picos de Europa”, directed by Héctor Bragas.
Leonore who is undertaking her first engagement this week looks pretty comfortable in the public eye. So does her sister Infanta Sofia. Felipe and Letizia are making sure the girls know where their future lies.
A video of the day.
Coming to What Letizia Wore – An interesting point of this year’s every Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony was that except the musical concert, Letizia kept her style details low key for every year. And that is understandable as it was Leonore’s first appearance as the Princess of Asturias at the event. She let Felipe and Leonore take the centre stage.
For today’s look, she chose her Hugo Boss ‘Cirala’ navy coat.
Letizia paired the coat with a pair of navy trouser that is unidentified due to the lack of clear pictures.
She was wearing Uterque shiny perforated leather oxford shoes.
And finished her look with diamond stud earrings and
Karen Hallem ring.