MIAMI (CBSMiami) –During their trip to South Florida, Spain’s Prince and Princess of Asturias commemorated the 500th Anniversary of Florida Monday night.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia presided over a dinner commemorating the anniversary at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami.

During the event, the prince and princess presented the  Juan Ponce De Leon 500th Anniversary Award at the dinner. The award was instituted by the Spain-Florida Foundation and is given to an outstanding individual  for his or her special contributions to the preservation of the Hispanic heritage in Florida and the United States.

Earlier on Monday, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez presented the key to the City of Miami to the prince and princess.

At the event held at the Mandarin Oriental, the royals also received a proclamation from Miami-Dade County.

On Sunday, the prince inaugurated the 30th edition of MDC’s Miami Book Fair International and addressed the audience. Spain is the featured country at this year’s Fair.

The Prince of Asturias is the historical and official title given to the heir to the Spanish throne. Prince Felipe is the only son of King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofía.


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