A choir of children’s voices animated Felipe VI’s wait at the gates of the Yuste monastery, where 236 Infant and Primary children from public schools in Jaraíz de la Vera and Cuacos de Yuste were waiting for the Monarch. “May the King arrive,” they sang animatedly while waving little flags from Spain and the European Union.

Felipe VI appeared twenty minutes before twelve o’clock in the morning at the Monastery where Carlos V died in 1558 and shook the hands of almost all the children who were waiting for him. Once again this year, the delivery of the Carlos V European Award has been organized there at an event presided over by King Felipe VI, who has made a firm plea in defense of Europe and the values ​​that the European Union represents. “We need the best version of Europe”, asked Don Felipe while claiming that Europe “must be protected and strengthened, we must continue building it. This is how we will best be safeguarding freedom, the dignity of people and human rights”.

“Democracy is the best argument against the senselessness of war,” said Don Felipe, who tries to condemn the invasion of Ukraine in every speech he makes. Of this conflict he has affirmed that “it has knocked at the gates of the Union” and that it has left “a terrible trail of death and destruction”.

That is why Felipe VI has recalled that “Europe must remain united” and has called for the need to “recover its position and exercise it on the international scene”.

This edition of the Carlos V Award is special as it is its fifteenth anniversary. For the second time the award has been given to a foundation. Specifically, to the European Disability Forum, because with its work it promotes a more inclusive Europe and a more social, fair and equal Europe, and contributes to the process of European integration, to the values ​​that the European Union defends and to all citizens can live together in this common space in conditions of equality and without suffering discrimination due to their social capacities. The president of the Forum, the Greek Yannis Vardakastanis, has been in charge of collecting the award.

Don Felipe stated that “this award demonstrates the Forum’s commitment to the European integration process based on the premise of an inclusive and accessible Europe for all”.

The King who has been accompanied by the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, the President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes and the President of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara.

This has been the first act of the day of the King in Extremadura, an autonomous community in which he will be until tomorrow, Thursday. After the award ceremony, Don Felipe has chaired the extraordinary meeting of the Board of Trustees of the European and Ibero-American Academy Foundation on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. In the afternoon he will inaugurate the exhibition of The Ages of Man in Plasencia. On the 12th, the Queen will meet with Don Felipe to visit together Pinofranqueado, one of the villages in Las Hurdes through which Alfonso XIII passed on his trip to the region 100 years ago.

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