Leonor and Sofia take art to heart when they single-handedly kick-start major awards

The Spanish royal family has arrived in Catalonia, which this week will host the Princess of Girona Awards.

Now in its 15th edition, the program was created in 2009 to celebrate the young talents of Spain.

Kicking off the two days of events on Tuesday 9 July, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia made a rare solo visit to sculptor Jaume Plensa’s studio, located in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona.

On arrival, they were welcomed by local authorities, as well as senior officials from the Princess of Girona Foundation.

Once inside the building, the royal sisters met a group of young people who have received a Princess of Girona award in previous editions of the programme, before starting their tour of the atelier.

Mr Plensa then guided the tour and offered a short lecture entitled “The Importance of Art in Public Spaces”, before guiding the Princess and the Infanta through a selection of his artwork.

The pieces on display were mainly reproductions, as the original sculptures are located all over the world – such as his piece titled “Isabella”, the original of which is located at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, USA.

Before leaving for their next scheduled engagements, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia got a chance to also visit the part of the building where Mr. Plensa actually works on his works; there the artist showed the two royals the materials he uses to create both his works and the reproductions they saw.

On Tuesday evening, the Princess and Infanta were joined by the King and Queen in Lloret de Mar for a dinner hosted by the Royal Family in honor of past recipients of the Princess of Girona Awards.

Prince or Princess of Girona is the second title given to the heir to the Spanish throne, along with Prince or Princess of Asturias, Prince or Princess of Viana, Duke or Duchess of Montblanc, Count or Countess of Cervera and Lord or Lady of Balaguer.

Curiously, most of these titles (Prince of Girona, Duke of Montblanc, Earl of Cervera and Lord of Balaguer) relate to the succession to the crown of the Kingdom of Aragon, while the title Prince of Viana refers to the succession to the crown of the Kingdom of Navarre.

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