Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses The Princess of Asturias and Infanta Sofía, presided over the Princess of Asturias Foundation 2023 Awards Ceremony, held at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Sofía.
The ceremony is considered one of the most important cultural events on the international agenda, and it is designed to distinguish the scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian work carried out by individuals, institutions, groups of individuals, or institutions in the international arena.
The awards are given in eight categories: Arts, Literature, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Scientific and Technical Research, International Cooperation, Concord, and Sports.
The Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony is the main activity carried out by the Princess of Asturias Foundation, a private non-profit institution whose objectives are to contribute to the exaltation and promotion of all scientific, cultural, and humanistic values that are universal heritage and to consolidate the links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.
His Majesty the King has been Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980, and following his proclamation as King of Spain on 19 June 2014, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias holds the Honorary Presidency of this institution.
The 2023 edition of the Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony was attended by several distinguished guests, including the President of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet; the President of the Senate, Pedro Rollán; the President of the Constitutional Court, Cándido Conde-Pumpido; the President of the General Council of the Judiciary, Vicente Guilarte; the First Vice-President of the Government and Acting Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño; the Acting Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas; the Acting Minister for Culture and Sport, Miquel Iceta; and the Director of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, Teresa Sanjurjo.
The 2023 Princess of Asturias Awards
The winners of the Princess of Asturias Awards 2023 were announced during the ceremony. The awards went to:
- Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities: Nuccio Ordine.
- Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation: Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.
- Princess of Asturias Award for Sports: Eliud Kipchoge.
- Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific Research: Jeffrey Gordon, E. Peter Greenberg, and Bonnie L. Bassler.
- Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences: Hélène Carrére d’Encausse.
- Princess of Asturias Award for Concord: Mary’s Meals.
- Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts: Meryl Streep.
- Princess of Asturias Award for Literature: Haruki Murakami.
The winners were presented with their awards by His Majesty the King and Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias. The ceremony was concluded with a speech by His Majesty the King, who praised the laureates for their constant and fruitful work to improve the lives of others, to help and protect the weakest, to elevate culture, and to be a guiding light. He stressed the importance of strengthening what unites us and learning from the laureates’ voices.
The Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony is an important cultural event that recognizes the achievements of individuals and institutions in various fields. The winners of the 2023 edition of the awards have made significant contributions to their respective fields, and their work serves as an inspiration to others.