King Felipe VI of Spain attends the Princess of Asturias Award 2015 ceremony

The 2015 Princess of Asturias awards ceremony, a major cultural event in Spain, was held in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo on Friday.

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain arrive to the Campoamor Theater for the Princess of Asturias Award 2015 ceremony on October 23, 2015 in Oviedo, Spain.

King Felipe  looked exceptionally dapper.

The gala event held in the Campoamor Theater saw eight awards, each carrying a cash prize of 50,000 euros (around 55,000 U.S. dollars), a certificate and a statuette by artist Joan Miro, handed over to the winners in eight different categories: Arts, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Scientific and Technical Investigation, Literature, International Cooperation, Sport and Concord.

King Felipe of Spain welcomed those present with a speech and he highlighted the need for the values which the Award winners represent.

“The vast majority of us want a world with a dignified life for all and where solidarity is the norm. We follow the example of those, such as our awards winners, who raise their voices with courage and responsibility to protect the weakest, the least favored and the most vulnerable,” he said, before highlighting how each of the recognized disciplines could give an example in life.

“Life would be incomplete without art,” said Felipe, while literature “allows us to understand feelings,” and communication and humanities teach us what is “human nature and society.”

Science, he commented, “allows us to understand our world,” and sport shows the values of “effort and discipline,” with concord and cooperation are “a synthesis of the best of disciplines, because they empower those who defend peace and liberty.”

The award for International Cooperation, one of the most notable, went to Jimmy Wales and his Wikipedia team.

The arts award went to film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, won the award for Scientific and Technical Investigation for their work on the human genome and the immune system.

Pau and Marc Gasol, who won the Sports Award, but were unable to attend because of commitments with the NBA.

Economist Esther Duffo won the Social Sciences Award and Cuban writer Leonardo Padura got the Literature prize.

Emilio Lledo Inigo won the Communication and Humanities Award, while the Hospitaller Order of St John of God, an international organization that provides health and social care to the needy, was granted the prize for Concord.

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain attend the deliver of Princess of Asturias awards medals during the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award 2015 day 2 at the Reconquista Hotel on October 23, 2015 in Oviedo, Spain

The Princess of Asturias Awards (Spanish: Premios Princesa de Asturias), previously known as Prince of Asturias Awards from 1981–2014 are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation (previously the Prince of Asturias Foundation) to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.

The prize was established on 24 September 1980 by the then twelve-year-old Felipe, Prince of Asturias, heir to the throne of Spain, 

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the ‘XXIV Musical Week’ closing concert held on the occasion of the Princess of Asturias Awards in Oviedo, Spain.

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain visit 2015 Exemplary Town of Colombres on October 24, 2015 in Colombres, Spain. The village of Colombres was honoured as the 2015 Best Asturian Village.

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