The Instituto Cervantes of Madrid pays tribute to its second director from 1996 to 1999, Santiago de Mora-Figueroa and Williams, Marquis of Tamarón, in whose mandate important advances were made in the consolidation of the institution, the Cervantes Virtual Centre was set up, a headquarters was created in Madrid, and the yearbooks El español en el mundo began to be published. In addition, it continued with the opening of Cervantes centres abroad.
During his professional career, the Marquis of Tamarón served as a diplomat and held positions of responsibility in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. In his last post, he held the post of Spanish Ambassador for Cultural Diplomacy. The Instituto Cervantes pays him this tribute which will be attended by Miguel Albero, writer, diplomat and head of the Marquis’ Cabinet during his mandate; Ricardo Martí Fluxá, diplomat; Miguel Herrero de Miñón, politician and jurist; and José Manuel Blecua, philologist and Academic Director of the Institute from 1996 to 1999.