Five months after the horrific terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Spanish royalty Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI stepped out to honor victims of the heartbreaking incident for their bravery. The prestigious couple attended the Victims of Terrorism Foundation Awards at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid on Monday, January 15. Having aided in the aftermath since the atrocity, the compassionate royals showed up yet again to pay their respects to those involved. The 45-year-old Queen and her 49-year-old King first took to the stage to present special awards to the victims from that day, and then the tables turned!
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia looked elegant as they awarded the terror victims Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
The pair looked delighted to meet the strong honorees, which included a young schoolboy to whom the Queen presented an award for his bravery for having faced the terrorism first hand. As usual, the mother-of-two looked her elegant best. She opted for a herringbone dress that featured floral detailing. Letizia finished off the sophisticated look with a sleek pair of stockings and black pumps.
Queen Letizia looked happy to award a schoolboy for his bravery Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
The former journalist’s ensemble was primarily blanketed by a black wool coat as she entered the venue. She wore her glossy locks straight down for the important event, tucking it back to show off some glittering earrings. Her husband Felipe looked equally elegant in a grey suit and pale blue tie. Both of the leaders greeted the day’s special guests with big smiles.
King Felipe, who was also honored, and his Queen posed with the awards recipients and foundation leaders Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
Following the presentation to the deserving victims, the reigning monarch was honored with his own accolade: the Adolfo Suarez Human Rights Defense Award. The Terrorism Victims Foundation recognized the gracious King for “granting constant support towards all the victims of terrorism in Spain.”
After the August 17 attack, the His Majesty sent a message via the Spanish Royal Court’s Twitter account that stated (in Spanish): “They are murderers, just criminals who will not terrify us. All Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will be back to everyone.” Less than a day after, the King traveled to the site and led the country in a moment of silence for all left dead and wounded by the senseless act. The King and Queen also met with those who were wounded at various hospitals to personally express their “affection and best wishes for recovery.”