Princess Leonor gave a short speech at the Royal Palace, after her father imposed the Charles III necklace, the highest distinction of the Kingdom as a commemoration of his coming of age and the swearing of the Constitution. In her speech, the Princess of Asturias reaffirmed her full commitment to “our democratic principles and our constitutional values”, and thanked her for the necklace her father gave her, as well as the medals from Congress and the Senate, awarded. and committed to observe “behavior worthy of the recognition and praise of the citizens.” Finally, he asked: “I ask you to trust me.” This is the full text of Leonor de Borbón’s speech, given at the King’s House:
“I want to thank the President of the Government and the Ladies and gentlemen, ministers who offered me the Collar of the Order of Charles III, a distinction that is very closely linked to the service of the State and our parliamentary monarchy. From today I will attach its precious motto—virtud and merit—to my status as Princess of Asturias and heir to the Crown.
Thank you, Madam President of the Congress of Deputies and Mr. President of the Senate, to give me the medals of the rooms that unite me, since this extraordinary day, to the institutions that represent the Spanish, hold the national sovereignty. .
Majesties, authorities. When I turned 18 today, and reached the age of majority, I took the oath stipulated in our Constitution. I swear to faithfully fulfill my duties, to support and ensure that the Constitution and the laws are upheld, to respect the rights of citizens and the autonomous communities, as well as loyalty to the King.
I solemnly, formally and publicly commit myself to our democratic principles and our constitutional values, which I fully believe. And I admit a great responsibility to Spain before the Cortes Generales, which I hope to repay with the greatest dignity and with the best example.
I also swore allegiance to the King. Not only in his person, but in what the Crown symbolizes and represents: the unity and permanence of Spain. I remember very well what my father, the King, told me when he gave me the Golden Fleece: “You are permanently guided by the Constitution, following it and observing it, you will serve Spain with humility and know your institutional position. .” They are words that I will keep in my mind at all times.
In that spirit and with a great sense of duty:
– I will carry out my actions in all areas of my life, always taking care of the general interest of our Country;
– I will observe behavior worthy of the recognition and praise of citizens;
– And I will fulfill my obligations with full dedication and unconditional dedication, always trying to grow as a person with the love and support of my family.
From now on I owe myself to all Spaniards, whom I will serve at all times with respect and loyalty.
There is no greater pride. On this very important day – which I always remember with emotion – I ask you to trust me, because I have all my confidence in the future of our country, in the future of Spain.
Thank you very much”.