Princess Leonor visits Girona for the first time in a very tense atmosphere

Princess Leonor visits Girona for the first time in a very tense atmosphere

Princess Leonor arrived in the province of Girona this Sunday afternoon. The young heiress to the throne of Spain ensured a visit to this region of Catalonia which she was visiting for the first time. His sister, as a faithful companion, was at his side to meet a group of young beneficiaries of a program of the Princess of Girona Foundation. The event took place at the Dalí Museum in Figueres, not far from the city of Girona, being unable to travel to the city itself for political reasons.

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The Princess of Girona is not welcome in Girona

As heir to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor bears many titles. The best known is that of Princess of Asturias. She also bears the titles of Princess of Viane, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cerbère or even that of Princess of Girona. The princess is also the president of the Princess of Asturias Foundation and the Princess of Girona Foundation, named after her two main titles.

Unfortunately for the Princess of Girona, she is not welcome in this city of Catalonia. In 2018, King Felipe had difficulties organizing the events related to the foundation of his eldest daughter in this city. The town hall had done everything possible to ensure that the foundation had no place to organize its award ceremony in the city. Since then, the annual ceremony takes place in a hall in Barcelona. The mayor of Girona is Marta Madrénas, one of the relatives of the former independence president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont.

Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Girona, and Infanta Sofia arrive in Figueres, in the province of Girona. They are surrounded by several security guards for this tense visit (Photo: Clares Chema/GTres/ABACAPRESS.COM)

It was therefore to be expected that the mayor of Girona would not welcome Princess Leonor, 16, and her sister, the Infanta Sofia, 15, this Sunday, July 3, 2022. Girona is a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants in Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain. The Princess of Girona therefore had to content herself with making her visit organized by the Princess of Girona Foundation to Figueras in the province of Girona and not in the city. “The fact that Princess Leonor is going to Girona is already a step towards institutional normality, which still has a long way to go as the boycott of the royal family by the separatist authorities continues”writes ABC.

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Princess Leonor and the Infanta Sofia at the Dalí Museum in Figueres

This Sunday, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia attended a working session on the new programs of the Princess of Girona Foundation. When they arrived there, a crowd had gathered to cheer the king’s daughters. Vanitatis reports that a group of separatists approached and booed Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia, whose path was diverted by security guards. The two teenagers had been warned that such incidents could happen. They contented themselves with greeting those present ignoring the boos they could hear.

Princess Leonor and the Infanta Sofia pose in front of the entrance to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, during their first visit to Girona. They are surrounded by the spokesperson for the municipality of Figueres, the president of the Princess of Girona Foundation, the Minister of Education, the president of the Gala Dalí Foundation and the delegate of the Government of Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Gay ( Photo: Glòria Sánchez / Europa Press/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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During this event, the two teenagers met eight young people who have benefited from the foundation’s program. In a small ceremony, past recipients of the award gave speeches and shared their stories. Several explanatory videos were also screened. The event took place in a hall of the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueras. Figueres is located in the province of Girona and about thirty kilometers from the city of Girona.

The visit ended with a tour of the museum dedicated to Salvator Dali. This Monday, visits continue for the two daughters of King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía will attend a workshop at Albéniz Palace, given by Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org, which will be attended by other young people linked to the foundation. At the same time, King Felipe will be in charge of chairing a meeting of the advisory board of his daughter’s foundation.

In the afternoon of this Monday, July 5, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Infanta Sofia will travel to support Princess Leonor, who will preside over the award ceremony for her foundation. Unable to take place in Girona for political reasons, it is in Barcelona, ​​in the agora of the Museu de les Aigües, in Cornellá de Llobregat, that the ceremony will take place. This year, five women aged 31 to 35 will be awarded.

Nicholas Fontaine

Chief Editor

Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. nicolas@historiesroyales.fr


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