Hours after Russia named Spain"s King Juan Carlos as the recipient of the 2011 State Prize of the Russian Federation – Hours after Russia named Spain"s King Juan Carlos as the recipient of the 2011 State Prize of the Russian Federation, the Spanish royal household said the monarch will donate the 125,000 euros ($181,250) award money to rebuilding the earthquake-stricken city of Lorca.
Nine people were killed and 300 injured by the May 11 temblor in the southern Spanish city of 95,000.
Several of Lorca"s historic buildings were badly damaged in the quake and thousands of residents were forced from their homes.
The Spanish monarch is being honored for "outstanding humanitarian achievements" in 2010, Russian authorities said Thursday in the announcement of the prize.
"Juan Carlos is the symbol of reconciliation in a country torn by the (1936-1939) civil war," the director of St. Petersburg"s Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky, said in a statement.
Previous recipients of the Russia State Prize include France"s Jacques Chirac, Soviet-era dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn and first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova.