Hollywood royalty met Spanish royalty today as Meryl Streep was greeted by Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI – and their two daughters – as she received the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award in Oviedo.
The legendary American actress, 74, stepped up to receive one of the highest arts honours in the country, as she was commemorated for 46 years of work in film, and appeared delighted as she was celebrated during the ceremony this afternoon.
The Princess of Asturias Foundation – which works to empower individuals or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs – praised the screen icon’s decades of accomplishments.
‘Few actresses in American film history have the versatility of Meryl Streep,’ a statement on the website from director Pedro Almódovar said.
Mamma Mia! The legendary American actress, 74, stood next to Princess Leonor as she stepped up to receive one of the highest arts honours in Spain
‘She does it all so well and all so naturally and truthfully. Meryl Streep is a truly worthy recipient of this year’s Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts.’
A message from Meryl herself at the time also read: ‘I am very honoured to receive this prestigious prize from one of the most deeply gifted countries and cultures in the world.
‘My sincere thanks to Their Majesties and Her Royal Highness and I very much look forward to meeting them in October, and to spending time in their beautiful country.’
Meryl Streep greeted Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI while receiving the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award in Oviedo on Friday
Today, the actress channelled sleek elegance as she collected her award in a textured black blazer which featured an artful curved design.
The Mamma Mia star teamed it with chic cigarette trousers and a white and blue cheetah-print top.
Meryl was all smiles as she chatted with Queen Letizia and her daughters during the prestigious event.
The royal, 51, sported an elegant pink power suit, worn with a breezy white blouse, for the occasion.
The mother-of-two styled her chestnut tresses in a sleek straight style and pinned her hair back, keeping the make-up simple and warm.
Queen Letizia, left, stands alongside her two daughters, Princess Leonor, centre, and Princess Sofia, during the prestigious event
The Devil Wears Prada actress channelled sleek elegance as she collected her award in a textured black blazer which featured artful curved designs
Her daughter Leonor appeared to take a leaf out of her mother’s book as she too enjoyed a warm, peachy ensemble in a rose-hued dress.
The 17-year-old – whose birthday is later this month – opted for a floral print frock with buttons which cinched at the waist, and teamed it with nude-toned heels.
She swept her blonde tresses back into a collected bun. Meanwhile her 16-year-old sister, Infanta Sofía of Spain, donned a sophisticated cream tweed mini-dress.
It featured buttons and ornate seams, which she paired with black slingbacks. The princess wore her caramel tresses down.
Elsewhere, King Felipe, 55, also cut a dapper figure in a pinstripe suit and purple tie.
It would appear the whole family are fans of Meryl’s work as they grinned in delight while speaking with the star.
The excited royals also posed for photos with the Hollywood icon.
Queen Letizia chats to King Felipe as their daughters and Meryl, far left, look on
The Spanish queen, 51, sported an elegant pink power suit, worn with a breezy white blouse, for the occasion
The Spanish couple’s daughter Leonor appeared to take a leaf out of her mother’s book as she too donned a pink ensemble in a rose-hued dress
The excited royals also posed for photos with the Hollywood icon as they chatted with her today
Best foot forward: Meryl strides into the medal ceremony looking sharp in a smart black trouser suit
Yesterday, ahead of receiving her award, Meryl also appeared touched as she met with acting students of the Superior School of Dramatic Arts (ESAD) in Gijon.
The star looked to have arrived in Spain at the beginning of this week, and has been pictured attending a number of events related to uplifting young people in the arts.
On Wednesday she also attended a ‘Sin Guion’ conference, with fellow Hollywood legend Antonio Banderas in attendance.
The Spanish royal family outing comes as Princess Leonor, who currently holds the title of Princesa de Asturias and is the heir to the Spanish throne, is undergoing three years of training at the General Military Academy in Zaragoza.
Although the Princess appears to be growing up fast, and indeed her life does not mirror that of the average teenager in Spain, royal fans were delighted with some candid, light hearted photos of the royal earlier this week.
Yesterday, ahead of receiving her award, Meryl also appeared touched as she met with acting students of the Superior School of Dramatic Arts (ESAD) in Gijon
On Wednesday she also attended a ‘Sin Guion’ conference, with fellow Hollywood legend Antonio Banderas in attendance
During a royal gala in Madrid, Leonor took selfies with guests at a reception at the palace following her debut at the National Day parade.
The Princess of Asturias chatted about how her training at the General Military Academy of Zaragoza, according to Hola!.
She also snapped a picture with the winners of the Princess of Girona Foundation, as well as Madrid-based model Pamela Montoya Pellicer.
Leonor also grabbed photos with Begoña Arana, director of non-profit organisation Betania, as well as Tomás Alía , a member of the Michelangelo Foundation in Spain and 34-year-old businessman Osuman Umar.
The future queen of Spain, who reaches the milestone on October 31, has been making solo appearances and training at the General Military Academy in Zaragoza to ensure she’s ready for her future in the monarchy.