The Princess of Asturias Awards are presented in an annual ceremony in the Principality of Asturias. Just as in the UK the Prince or Princess of Wales is the title bestowed on the heir to the British throne, so in Spain, the Prince or Princess of Asturias is the Spanish heir, and presently it is the title of Leonor, elder daughter of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. In a way, I suppose, the awards are similar to the Queen’s New Year or Birthday Honours, but with more of a focus on what is formally described as a contribution to promoting scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity.
There are several awards, in categories similar to the familiar process of the Nobel Prizes, and include Arts, Literature, Science, Social Sciences, Sports, and “Concordia”. This last category is for work in the fields of human rights, peace, poverty, world and human heritage, and in 2020, its recipient is all Spanish health workers on the front line against COVID-19. The award will be made by Princess Leonor herself, probably in September or October, which is when the Concordia Awards are traditionally presented.