The annual prize is awarded by the Asociación de Periodistas Europeos 'APE' (Association of European Journalists). The APE was founded in 1962, with the aim of bringing together journalists who are committed to promoting European integration, and determined to defend the freedom of information of the press in Europe. This year's recipient was writer Javier Cercas.
Letizia coordinated the dress with new black and gold accessories by Magrit. The custom pieces are based on the brand's 'Marina' and 'Alice' models respectfully, and feature a mix of black reptile skin and shiny gold leather.