King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Oviedo this afternoon with their daughters Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia for the annual Princess of Asturias awards. Leonor, who is a student of IB final year at UWC Atlantic in Wales, arrived home for the fall term break that also coincides with the annual event and her 17th birthday. It was also Sofia’s first public appearance since the National Day parade earlier this month.
The Princess of Asturias awards are one of the most prestigious awards in the country and a staple event of the Royal Family’s fall schedule. Prince/Princess of Asturias is the formal title held by the heir to the Spanish throne. Currently, it is being held by the 16 years old Princess Leonor.
The province of Asturias is also Queen Letizia’s homeland. She was born in Oviedo.
— RegalFille (@RegalFille) October 27, 2022
In 2003, a few days before the engagement announcement, Felipe and Letizia were seen together at the same event where Felipe was presenting the awards and Letizia was covering the event as the journalist. No one knew that they are a couple and on the verge of announcing their engagement.
Princess of Asturias awards are organized by its namesake federation. Aimed at awarding the scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international arena, they are awarded in eight categories: Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Scientific Research and Technical, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports.
The first event of the three days long scheduled in Oviedo is the Princess of Asturias Awards concert at the Conference Center Auditorium in Oviedo. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the concert. This year’s performers include Carmen Linares and María Pagés, Princess of Asturias Award winner of the Arts 2022. The event began with the National Anthem.
The winners shared the stage after twenty-five years of their last performance together, to honour, through a dialogue between cante and baile, some of the most representative voices of Spanish poetry. Carmen Linares and María Pagés performed various flamenco subgenres such as tonás, bulerías, fandangos or tangos, among others. Through this art, they will integrate popular songs and poems by Juan Ramón Jiménez, Miguel Hernández, Federico García Lorca, Rafael Alberti, Jaime Gil de Biedma and El Arbi El Harti.
At the end of the concert, the Anthem of the Principality of Asturias was performed and then The Royal Family headed towards the stage to meet and greet the performers of the night. Before leaving, King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia met with the guests and attendees.
Then King and Queen headed towards the Deloya Latores, where they presided over the dinner that the Princess of Asturias Foundation offered to the members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and to the winners of the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards. Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia retired for the night.
The video of the evening.
Moving towards the style details of the night – It seems Queen Letizia of Spain and her both daughters Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia were keen to dazzle the night and they definitely did.
Heaven on Twitter found that Queen Letizia was wearing a Teresa Helbig Embellished Velvet Dress. Letizia was wearing a black halter neck mid-length black dress that featured a crystal embroidered bodice and zipper closure at the back.
The outfit design was part of Teresa Helbig’s Bookwalk collection. Of course, we can see Letizia’s dress has been customised to her choice.
Another look at Queen Letizia of Spain’s Style of the evening.
Letizia teamed up the outfit with the diamond Venus Coolook Hoops.
The Queen was wearing black Carolina Herrera suede slingback pumps
and carried a black Felipe Varela clutch.
Her Karen Hallam ring was not missing either.
Princess Leonor of Spain chose a gorgeous fuchsia suit with a black top and pink Carolina Herrera suede pumps.
Update: Princess Leonor was wearing a customised suit from the Spanish label, Laura Bernal. The suit was based on the label’s pink suit from Summer/spring collection shown above and was made in fuchsia for Leonor. Fuchsia shade had been dominating Laura Bernal’s spring/summer collection.
She was carrying her mother’s Hugo Boss Flavie Lasered Leather Clutch.
A look back at previous year’s style details
In 2021 Queen Letizia chose an Olive green dress that still remains unidentified. Princess Leonor wore Cayro Gathered Cuffs Wrap Dress and Infanta Sofia chose peacock blue Angel Schlesser ‘Fold’ Dress.
In 2020 the concert was cancelled due to the pandemic. In 2019 Queen debuted a new Spanish label for her wardrobe – The 2nd Skin.
Tomorrow the Spanish Royal Family will first receive an audience from the winners in the morning and then present the awards in the evening.