King Felipe and Queen Letizia arrived in Malaga on Tuesday morning to preside over the presentation of Gold Medals for Achievements in Fine Art, which recognised the work of a score of creators and cultural institutions.
The event began at 11.30am with the arrival of the king and queen, who were accompanied by the city mayor, Francisco de la Torre, the minister for Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, and the president of the Andalusian government, Susana Díaz.
The prizes for 2016 were awarded at the ceremony. The list includes the fashion designer Lorenzo Caprile, the actors José Coronado and Ricardo Darín, the singer Gloria Estefan, the guitarist José Fernández 'Tomatito', the Fundación Duques de Soria de Ciencia y Cultura Hispánica, the dancer Rafael Amargo, the chef Pedro Subijana, the singer José Iranzo Bielsa 'Pastor de Andorra' (posthumous), the matador Julián López 'El Juli', the actress Magüi Mira, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello, the Orfeón Pamplonés Choir, the director of the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico Helena Pimenta, the pianist María Martha Argerich, the editor Manuel Borrás, the harpist María Rosa Calvo, the director of the San Sebastián Jazz Festival Miguel Martín, the industrial designer Miquel Milà i Sagnier, the poet Julia Uceda and the editor and cultural promoter Leopoldo Mugaza.
José Coronado spoke on behalf of the award winners. Gloria Estefan, Ricardo Darín and Philippe de Montebello were unable to attend the ceremony.
The Centre Pompidou was closed on Monday as preparations were made for the ceremony. As an introduction the night before, the award winners attended a special dinner at the Aduana palace hosted by the minister for Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo.