Patrons and Members of the Juries,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Prize Winners,
Today is a very important day in my life that I have looked forward to. From a very young age I have seen the love and emotion with which my parents,Their Majesties the King and Queen, come every year to the Principality to preside over this ceremony and live everything that happens on this land during the days of our awards. This is already reason enough for me to feel very happy today.
My parents have always spoken to my sister, Infanta Sofía, and me, of Asturias, about its culture, history and traditions. Also of its nature. But, above all, they have taught us to love and admire Asturians. I was thinking now about everything we lived during our visit to Covadonga last year.
Asturias is also the land of my mother, the Queen. I carry Asturian blood.
It is also the land that gives its name to the title that I hold as Crown Heiress, as my father, the King, did for so many years. And I do it responsibly; I feel very honored with it. It is a title that commits me to the delivery and effort of serving Spain and all Spaniards. In my house, the words Spain and Asturias are always united with the same force with which history has united them. That's how I feel it in my heart.
I want to thank in particular those who created this Foundation almost 40 years ago, and to all who dedicate their work, intelligence and generosity every day.
And, of course, I want to congratulate the winners, the protagonists of this act. Thank you very much for coming, it's an honour to have you here. Thank you for promoting culture and science, for boosting solidarity, for improving education. Thank you for working to preserve nature and reduce injustices, discrimination, poverty and disease. We are here to pay tribute. Your works remind us that there are millions of people who think and act to make the world better.
I would also like to thank my grandmother, Queen Sofia. She knows how important her presence in this ceremony is for me, which means both for Asturias and for all of Spain. Thanks also to all who have wanted to accompany us and to those who always support and help the Foundation. This moment will be unforgettable for me. As my father said at my age and right here, it will be a day that "I will always carry deep in my heart."
Thank you very much.