January 16, 2021

The powers of the State clothe the King in Oviedo

The powers of the State clothe the King in Oviedo


The Government, the Parliament and the judicial power have today wrapped up Felipe VI in the ceremony of delivery of the Princess of Asturias Awards held at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo.

The act took place after the Parliament of Catalonia approved last week an initiative to reject the King, that the Government will appeal to the Constitutional Court, once the State Council issued an opinion, considering it "politically unacceptable" .

The Vice President of the Government, Carmen Calvo, has headed the Government's representation, together with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell; Health, María Luisa Carcedo; Science and Universities, Pedro Duque, and Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera.

Together with them, the President of the Congress, Ana Pastor, the General Council of Judicial Power and the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, and the Principality of Asturias, Javier Fernández, have received the Kings in the lobby of the Campoamor Theater.

Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, accompanied by Reina Sofía, have shaken hands with the authorities, located in front of the flags of Spain, the European Union, Asturias and Oviedo.

There has been no group photo and at the end of the greetings, the members of the Government and the other institutional representatives have accessed the interior of the theater, while Don Felipe and Mrs. Letizia have waited a few moments before doing the same.

Hours before the ceremony, Pastor has highlighted the large official representation in Oviedo, which has been interpreted as a strong support to the King.

"The institutions of the State are where always and as always, defending the Constitution and the best that this country has," said Pastor, who recalled that this year's ceremony coincides with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

The ceremony was also attended by the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, the Citizens, Albert Rivera, and the president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who has been at the summit in Brussels today, has not attended the ceremony.

It is usual that the head of government does not travel to Oviedo, since in the 38 editions of the awards held since 1981, only Mariano Rajoy did it last year, when the European Union was awarded, and Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, who was in the inaugural session.

The presence of the president of the Senate, Pío García-Escudero, was foreseen, but finally he could not be at the Teatro Campoamor,

The public has cheered the Kings when they go to the presidential table located on the stage of the theater.

He has also done so when Queen Sofia has taken a seat in the box from which the ceremony follows.

Then and before the winners took their seats, among them, the American film director, Martin Scorsese, the band of pipers has played the national anthem.

The one of today is the fifth edition in which Felipe VI presides like king the prizes that happened to take the name of the princess Leonor, whose opening in the ceremony in the Campoamor Theater is still an incognito.

Outside the theater and as usual, there have been protests by several groups that have made themselves noticed when the authorities arrive.

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