The great and good from various realms from science to the arts have been honoured at Spain’s Prince of Asturias awards.
The ceremony in the north-eastern region of Oviedo celebrates figures who promote the best cultural, scientific and humanistic values. The handing out of Spain’s equivalent to the Nobel prizes is an event followed avidly across the country. This year it drew more attention than ever as Letizia, the Princess of Asturias was making her first appearance. The world famous flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia walked away with the Arts award, while Morocco’s double Olympic champion, Hicham el-Guerrouj, picked up the award for Sport. Jean Daniel, one of France’s leading editorialists, took the Communications and Humanities honour and Italian writer Claudio Magris won the award for Letters. There was even a special mention for this news channel from the President of the Foundation, Jose Ramon Alvarez Rendueles. He said: Our relations with the media continue to go from strength to strength, both in Spain and abroad and I would like to highlight the agreements we’ve signed with Television Espanola and EuroNews, which we view as being of extraordinary importance.” You can hear from some of the prize-winners in interviews broadcast on EuroNews this weekend.