Princess Leonor lamented this Monday the “destruction” and the loss of opportunities that young people have faced in the face of events as “terrible” as the ukrainian war, which have put an end to their “projects and illusions”. “The situation is devastating. In times as difficult as these I think of the girls and boys of our age who have been able to lose hope in a better future”, he expressed in a speech at the gala for the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards (FPdGi).
Felipe VI and Princess Leonor, accompanied by Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofía, presided over the ceremony this Monday afternoon of delivery of these prizes that, for the third consecutive edition, is celebrated in Barcelona due to the rejection of the independence movement to carry it out in the capital of Girona.
During his speech, which he delivered in Spanish, Catalan and English, the princess thanked the work of both the FPdGi itself and the winners, whom she said she was “admired” by. “Our five winners represent this objective that the Foundation defends: a model of coexistence in which training, commitment to others and social responsibility enable young people to fully demonstrate their potentialwith a real impact on society”, highlighted the princess, who thanked the winners for their work.
For the first time, the awards granted by the Princess of Girona Foundation have fallen on five women: the actress, María Hervás (Arts and Letters); the engineer Elisenda Bou-Balust (Company); the physicist and researcher Eleonora Viezzer (Scientific Research); the psychologist Claudia Tecglen and the Vietnamese conservationist Trang Nguyen (International).
Felipe VI: “A war that brings with it death, poverty and desolation”
“We are leaving behind the worst of a pandemic that has had a great impact on our lives and the shadow of a war has appeared that brings with it death, poverty and desolation, and that threatens coexistence worldwide and the global economy”, said King Felipe VI.
The monarch has entrusted the youngest, whose talent he has valued, to prepare for the “enormous challenges” that “will happen quickly or simultaneously”: “In this context, young people must take the floor, because the future we are talking about is yours.
It has also emphasized the importance of “work together, collaborate, cooperate, in order to build a better world”. “The current situation requires it: the environmental challenge, artificial intelligence, digital transformation or the jobs of the future are just some of the areas that are going to change our societies”, he added.
A new PFdGi ceremony outside Girona
As in previous years, no representative of the Generalitat has attended for his refusal to participate in events organized by the Royal House. Neither is the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau. On the other hand, the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, and the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, have gone as institutional representatives.
The last time the FPdGi ceremony was held in Girona it was in 2018although not in the capital, but in the event center of the Roca brothers in the town of Vilablareix.
The Girona City Council refused to cede the municipal auditorium after declaring Felipe VI a person non grata in response to his speech in which he condemned the illegal referendum in Catalonia on October 1, 2017.
Regarding the possibility that the gala will be in Girona again, the FPdGi maintains that “his bet at the moment” is to celebrate in Barcelona the gala for its “centrality”. “It is a ceremony that works perfectly in Barcelona, because we have the spaces and the logistics and it allows us to allow more patrons to come,” its general director, Salvador Tasqué, argued on Sunday after the princess’s visit to Figueres.