Spanish Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares and Adrienne Arsht at the Spanish embassy in Washington Monday night. (Tony Powell)

More diplomatic bling! On Monday, Spanish ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares presented the Order of the Cross of Isabel La Catolica to philanthropist Adrienne Arsht for her work on behalf of Latin America. It’s a big deal: The fancy gold decoration with the white and gold ribbon was personally approved by King Juan Carlos and the foreign minister, then presented by the ambassador and followed by a celebration dinner.

“You almost rendered me speechless, but we know that’s not possible,” Arsht told him in her brief remarks. She said she planned to consult her jeweler so she could wear the honor every day — but we think that’s against the rules. (But go crazy with the lapel pin!) Tricky business, these diplomatic medals.


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