State ceremony in memory of victims of COVID-19

Photo: Casa Real.

Updated 16 July: The memorial service has taken place this morning to honour Spain’s 28,400 victims of coronavirus, as well as all those who continue the fight against the pandemic. Heads of State from several EU countries and European Union chiefs attended the sombre ceremony with King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and their daughters Leonor, who is the Princess of Asturias and heir to the Spanish throne, and Sofía. 

Original post 18 June: Spain has held its ten day period of official mourning, the longest in the history of its democracy, and Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez has now announced a memorial service on 16 July for all the victims of the covid19 outbreak in Spain, and to honour all those who have been affected in any way by the outbreak, and particularly those who have struggled with it on the front line, whether in the health or security services, the labs and control rooms, and behind the scenes in myriad offices.

We’re not all still here, Sánchez said, but we can look forward with unity, a key word he has used repeatedly as a social and political maxim to underscore his commitment to social justice through sustainability and technological advance supported by the twin pillars of science and education.

The memorial will be ceremonially headed by King Felipe VI, and will be attended by senior Spanish and EU officials including Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission; David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament; and Josep Borrell, former Spanish Foreign Minister and now the EU’s chief diplomat – High Representative of the EU. Dr Tedros, Director-General of the WHO, will also be present.

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