King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain attend a state event “A round of applause for the memory”, in the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Madrid, paying tributes to the victims of Covid-19 and recognizing health personnel who sacrificed their lives during the pandemic.
The act once again recognized the work of health workers and highlighted the importance of science and research to eradicate the Covid-19 pandemic. This was the third tribute event since the worldwide breakout of COVID-19 in March 2020 and The Royal Couple has attended all three.
Felipe and Letizia joined the Prime Minister, the Government officials, Presidents of the Autonomous Communities, opposition leader, Mayor of Madrid, in addition to parliamentary representatives and a representation of the families of the victims, the health and scientific sectors, and civil society.
The Tribute began with the interpretation of the National Anthem.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to the family members of 4 Health Care personnel who died during the service. The families represented all front-line workers who were honored on the occasion.
Then the Royal couple laid a wreath at the memorial that was followed by a minute-long silence to remember the victims and the frontline heroes.
King Felipe addressed the gathering and said, “For the third time we meet in this Plaza de la Armería of the Royal Palace of Madrid to remember all the people who lost their lives due to COVID-19. A little over two years ago, the deepest and most unpredictable uncertainty crossed everyone’s lives. The entire world stopped its pace to attend to something that was expanding very rapidly and that, despite all efforts, left behind illness, loneliness, and pain.
Health personnel went to the front line without hesitation and faced this new disease with courage and extraordinary effort, which has claimed the lives of more than six million people around the world. So, we felt together the fear, the frustration, and the sadness…, but also, and from the first moment, the solidarity, admiration, and gratitude for all the people who took care of the basic and urgent needs of the others. Nothing can repair the pain of the absence of all these people in their families, their loved ones, their friends, in their environment. And we will always be aware that the pandemic wrote a sad point and aside for many Spanish citizens.
More than two years have passed since those difficult times. On December 27, 2020, the 1st vaccine against the disease was given in Spain. And, since then, and although unfortunately, the virus is still among us, most people have been able to continue with their lives. We Spaniards have assumed the responsibility of vaccination with solidarity and that is why today more than 90% of the population is vaccinated.”
That she paired with Carolina Herrera suede slingback pumps
and a matching Doma Insignia bag from the same label.
and her Karen Hallam ring.