Quenn Sofia, Crown Prince Felipé and his wife Letizia were in attendance for the 30th Prince of Asturias prizegiving ceremony in Oviedo on Friday night.
The eight winners announced over the course of 2010 came to the Spanish city as honoured guests for a glittering event, and one of them, Letters prizewinner Amin Malouf, gave the keynote speech.
“Today the honour of literature, our own honour, lies in striving to comprehend the complexity of our age and in inventing solutions so that our world can continue to be inhabitable,” he said.
Among the other prizewinners were high-profile international stars like American sculptor Richard Serra, picking up the Arts prize.
But there were also less well-known figures, like Alain Touraine and Zygumunt Bauman taking the Communication and Humanities award, and the President of the Manos Unidas charity and Benin’s Cécile Samagui taking the Concord award for fostering human relations.
One of the night’s biggest cheers came for Vicente del Bosque and his world-cup winning Spanish national football team. They were the shoo-in Sports prizewinners, but del Bosque invited the previous manager, Luis Aragones, to take a bow with him, as he had built the team, and del Bosque only perfected it. It was a kind, and crowd-pleasing gesture.