Photo: Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia
Crown Prince Felipe, who this month will be crowned king, on Wednesday expressed his “determination and conviction” to devote all his efforts to serving “beloved Spain.”
“In periods of difficulties like those we are going through,” the experience of the past “teaches us that only by uniting our efforts, putting the common good ahead of individual interests ... will we manage to move forward toward better scenarios,” he said during the presentation of the Prince of Viana Prize to historian Tarsicio de Azcone at the San Salvador of Leyre Monastery.
Felipe, accompanied by his wife, Princess Letizia, spoke of King Juan Carlos’ announcement Monday that he would step down in favor of his son and heir.
“Permit me, ladies and gentlemen, with respect to the parliamentary process that has been begun, to express to you my determination and conviction to devote all my efforts, with hope, to the passionate work of continuing to serve the Spaniards, our beloved Spain,” the prince said. “One nation, one social and united and diverse political community that sinks its roots in a thousand-year history.”
Before winding up his speech - after which, visibly moved, he received an ovation of more than a minute from the 220 invited guests - Prince Felipe reaffirmed his full commitment and that of his family to the future of the northern region of Navarre, where the event was held, a future, he emphasized, in which “the next Princess of Viana will also have her place.”
He was referring to his first-born daughter Leonor, who will become first in line for the throne after Felipe is proclaimed king and, at that time, will assume the title of Princess of Asturias, Gerona and Viana.