Spain's Crown Prince Felipe was present Thursday as Agencia EFE inaugurated its new headquarters in Madrid with a mission to be the "house of journalism in the Spanish language."
The transfer to the new offices coincides with the 75th anniversary of EFE: the world's largest Spanish-language news agency and the fourth-biggest overall.
Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, toured parts of the new headquarters accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria and EFE President Jose Antonio Vera.
Along the way, the royal couple stopped to chat with journalists about their work and current events.
The prince and princess then unveiled a plaque commemorating the event, which was celebrated by invited guests from the worlds of business, politics, culture and sport, along with diplomats from Latin American countries - a reflection of EFE's commitment to that region.
Agencia EFE, Vera said, is an organization with a rich past that now defines itself by "its future potential, in tandem with innovation and the growing global expansion of the Spanish language."
With the opening of a new headquarters "adapted to the needs of a news agency that operates in 180 cities across 120 countries," EFE is ready "to write a new page of its history," Vera said.
"In the collective imagination, the three letters of EFE are linked to information and news," Vera said, stressing that the agency "is, and wants to be, the house of journalism in the Spanish language."
Prince Felipe congratulated EFE's professionals on the job they do and highlighted the agency's role as a witness to decades of history.
The heir to the Spanish throne wished EFE many more years of "shining and contributing to the care of the language, our treasure."
Thursday's ceremony included the screening of a video chronicling EFE's 75 years through a collection of the agency's photographs.
Also featured were images from a commemorative volume, "Efemerides," with an introduction from King Juan Carlos and contributions from more than 80 prominent figures such as U.S. President Barack Obama, former Brazilian head of state Ignacio Lula da Silva and Bolivia's Evo Morales.
The video concluded with congratulatory messages from European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, former Judge Baltasar Garzon and singers Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan and Carlos Baute, among other notables.
Besides its Spanish news wire, anchored by editing desks in Madrid and Bogota, EFE provides services in Portuguese, Arabic and English from Rio de Janeiro, Cairo and Miami, respectively. EFE