King Felipe VI presents eight Prince of Asturias international awards, Spain's equivalent of Nobel prizes, at a ceremony in Oveido on 24 Oct 2014.
He was crowned king on 19 Jun 2014 following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos, so he makes the annual awards for the first time as the country's monarch. The ceremony could see more attention on the new king than on the laureates because he faces such testing times. Polls show the monarchy near its lowest standing ever, and political parties and the monarchy are tainted by corruption. Catalonia's separatist aspirations and an anti-monarchist movement represent trouble ahead. The 2014 laureates include American architect Frank O. Gehry, Irish author John Banville, French-Spanish social scientist Joseph Joseph Pérez, the Fulbright Program of the United States and the New York City Marathon. The winners of the awards for the Arts, Literature, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports receive a EUR 50,000 prize and a reproduction of a statuette designed by Joan Miró. Recent laureates include the Chinese archeological team at the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an; three scientists - two Americans and an Israeli - for pioneering pain research; an American sculptor; two noted European thinkers; and an organ transplant specialists
Date written/update: 2014-07-10