King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are in Seville for a day. In the morning, The King and Queen attended an event at the Palace of San Telmo where King Felipe was presented with the first Medal of Honor of Andalusia.
The first Medal of Honor of Andalusia was awarded by the Andalusian Government to King Felipe VI for constituting a solid bond between Andalusia and the State. This is the first time that this distinction has been granted, of an extraordinary nature and created by decree of the President of the Junta de Andalucía on December 21, 2020.
Felipe and Letizia discovered a plaque commemorating the delivery of the Medal and their visit to the headquarters of the Autonomous Presidency.
The event began with a piano performance of the hymns of Spain and Andalusia, carried out by Enrique Álvarez del Moral. Almeria artist Laura Diepstraten, 14, recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for Blind Artists, sang the Andalusian anthem. The Decree of the Medal reflects,
It faithfully represents the values and principles of harmony that sustain our identity as a Spanish Nation, reflected in the Magna Carta, and that must continue to be, irrefutably, the foundations on which our coexistence as a people is based. His reign has come to underline the role that the Constitution gives to the Crown as a benchmark for the unity of Spain and solidarity among Spaniards, and his work has been an example of dedication to improving living conditions in our country.
Being as he is the historical heir to a centuries-old tradition, Don Felipe, together with Queen Letizia, has managed to infuse the monarchical institution with a spirit of modernity in keeping with the times and with the needs of the Spanish, he has connected with simplicity with the new demands that emerge in society and have given the Crown a close and sober identity, a faithful mirror of today’s Spain.
Today, the Crown represents better than ever the aspirations and desires for progress, coexistence and peace of the Spanish people and has become a reference for those who work to achieve higher levels of collective development. With the same determination that his father had when he tried to face moments of anxiety for democracy and the rule of law in Spain, His Majesty King Felipe VI has defended with temperance, but with courage and firmness, the principles of democracy and equality. that represent the base of Spanish society.
His moderation and exemplary nature have made him worthy heir to the trust that the Spanish placed in the monarchical institution in the Spanish Constitution of 1978, and that for Andalusia was the birth of a time of hope until then only dreamed of. His arrival to the throne represented a reinforcement of the personal and institutional relations with Andalusia already established in his time as Prince of Asturias, while at the same time he has consolidated the affective and respectful ties that unite Andalusians with the Crown.
The presence of Don Felipe in many and very diverse events in the autonomous community over recent years have meant, not only the endorsement of the highest institution of the State but also a reliable testimony of affection, sympathy and encouragement. in line with the historical bond of affection between the Royal Family and Andalusia, which he had in his grandmother, Doña María de las Mercedes, the best of the examples and that the Andalusian Government wishes to have continuity in his daughters, Princess Leonor and the Infanta Sofia. The spirit of regeneration that permeates Andalusia today and with which it is driven towards the future takes its inspiration, to a large extent, from the inclusive, thoughtful and committed character that is a hallmark of the reign of Don Felipe.
In recent years, Andalusia and its King have deepened their relationship of mutual support and underlined shared values, such as inter-territorial solidarity, the enriching nature of diversity, the need to build on generosity, the importance of achieving sustainable prosperity. and the role of education and culture in the happiness of peoples. Today, when Andalusia and Spain are going through times of serious difficulty as a result of a global pandemic that has generated immense pain throughout the world, Andalusians feel Don Felipe as a King close to their concerns, determined before the vicissitudes of the present and enthusiastic in the difficult but possible task of recovery. A King, in short, who can be trusted in the face of the vicissitudes of destiny.
It is clear, therefore, that His Majesty King Felipe VI has, in a degree of excellence, sufficient merits to be awarded the first Medal of Honor of Andalusia, as agreed by the Andalusian Government at the proposal of the President, Juanma Moreno, and prior deliberation of the Governing Council.
Before leaving, Felipe and Letizia visited the Governing Council room on the upper floor of San Telmo, where they signed the Book of Honor of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía.
After the event, King Felipe and Queen Letizia did a short walkabout in front of the Palace of San Telmo. They received a very warm welcome from the public.
For the day, Queen Letizia brought back the baby blue sleeveless dress that she first wore in June 2019 at the act of awarding decorations of the Order of Civil Merit.
The dress featured cap-sleeves, two jewelled buttons on the front of the tabbed waistline.
Once again, she paired the dress with her Prada Saffino Leather pumps and carried Mascaro Ceremony Clutch in baby blue.
Spanish Reporter Nuria Tiburcio on Twitter made an interesting observation. It seems, Letizia has added some sort of platform support to her pumps. The modifications were also seen on her Magrit pumps last week. While the modifications do make look the pumps bit odd, it seems Letizia chose comfort over fashion or style.
A la reina Letizia le ha dado por tunear sus zapatos. Les añade una suela más gruesa para hacerlos más cómodos, primero fueron los Magrit y ahora los Prada. Vistos por detrás queda muy feo. pic.twitter.com/CAuJLes5gD
— Núria Tiburcio (@nuriatiburcio) June 14, 2021
Letizia finished her look with Bvlgari aquamarine teardrop earrings
And her Karen Hallam ring.