Premios Príncipe de Asturias: inside the Teatro Campoamor
A brief recap of what’s happened so far today during the awards ceremony, with updates to follow:
The players were the last honorees to arrive at the Teatro Campoamor, just before Queen Sofía and the Princes of Asturias themselves. And of course, they received the most applause. Cars took them from the Hotel Reconquista to the Teatro: Iker rode with VDB, Capdevila/Xavi/Navas took another, Pepe and Sergio were together, as were the two JMs and finally, Marchena rode with Llorente. Iker was the only one not in a dark suit. They all had the insignia of the awards on their lapels.
As the team walked in, they were introduced one by one. Pepe became José Manuel Reina, Javi was Javier Martínez and Carlos was Carlos López Marchena. They all paid tribute to the queen, who was clapping and smiling (probably because she was thinking, the last couple of times I saw them, they were wearing a lot less). The team was the last to receive their award; meanwhile, they listened to other speeches, with the help of headphones which provided instant translations. It appears that everyone else on the stage is at least twice their age, or even three times.
When the team went up to collect the award, they were also called up one by one. They got the most applause of the night. The two captains were last, and then VDB went up to get the scroll corresponding to the award. He then left protocol behind by going to find Luis Aragonés and bringing him to where the players were standing so that he could be honored too.
This episode perfectly sums up what our team is all about.
VDB gave a speech (he paused first to put on his glasses -adorable!), and he ended by thanking the queen and the prince and princess for their support in South Africa (isn’t it great that the three of them were there in Johannesburg and also here today in Oviedo?)
The prince, in his discourse, also praised those values that have come to characterize this team, among them humility and teamwork. He called them “un grupo excepcional” and also took the time to thank all those who contributed to the team, such as Luis Aragonés, including those who weren’t present in Oviedo. He ended by saying that the players are as good at their sport as they are at being good people.
– the ceremony is going on longer than Real Madrid planned, because Iker and Sergio are supposed to already be on their way back to Madrid. –
Felipe’s still wearing his beard but Iker shaved for today.
It’s a few minutes past 20h and the ceremony is over. The players have left the theater accompanied by the gaitas. I guess Iker and Sergio are running back to FP’s private plane (will the team dinner be delayed for them?), while the rest of the players will head to the reception.
More on the awards tomorrow!