The King, to the Princess: “You will not be alone on your way”
The King, after greeting the guests and before the start of lunch in the great dining room of the Royal Palace, gave a speech commemorating the oath of the Constitution taken by the Princess of Asturias this morning. “Dear Leonor, you will not be alone on your path. In your family you will find the necessary more personal support; and the Spaniards in general—to whom you owe it to yourself—will know how to recognize your dedication and dedication with their encouragement and affection. You are part of and represent a generation that, like those before us, has its own values, way of seeing and understanding life, its vision of the world. And it also has its own challenges, which should always be the best preparation. Knowing more about our history every day, and valuing the diversity and cultural and natural wealth of our country, will undoubtedly help you in that effort. Our obligation, as elders, is to leave you the best of Spain that we received from previous generations. This is the Spain of freedom, partnership and progress, despite the many difficulties we have gone through in 45 years. You must know that democracy and freedom are not built overnight, but day by day, and require continuous care and permanent improvement. You will have the responsibility, that responsibility, to continue to build Spain, to adapt it to a world that is completely changing,” continued Felipe VI.
The King concluded his speech by addressing his eldest daughter, the heir to the throne: “Your mother and I, your family and all of us congratulate you on your oath to the Constitution; also for receiving the Medals of Congress and the Senate, and finally the necklace of the Royal and Distinguished Order of Carlos III, the highest civil decoration of the State. And don’t forget, with all the love, we wish you a happy birthday. We want to toast him, I invite you to toast him. Long live the Princess of Asturias. Cheers, “said Felipe VI, toasting all the guests at the luncheon in the great dining room of the Royal Palace. Then there was applause.