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DID YOU KNOW THAT…? Celebrities and famous Monaco guests

1911 - The Russian Ballet| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM

The Principality of Monaco has always represented elegance and luxury dating back hundreds of years. At the beginning of the 20th century, Monaco was an attraction for Russian nobility. The Principality’s prosperity, and particularly that of the casinos, was in large due to the Russian community. Since 1909 the Principality of Monaco has hosted its world famous “Russian Ballet”. Since …

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Did you know that…? Aviation pioneers of Monaco

Aviation in Monaco

People often visit Monaco to realize their dreams, even just for a day. For hundreds of years, this exceptional place has attracted not just tourists but the most colorful personalities. Many of the residents of thePrincipality of Monaco work with each other in the community where they make positive global change. Monaco does not just merge cultural diversity, it also …

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Over more than seven centuries, Monaco created its own traditions carefully observed by the Monegasque families. Most of them are related to religious holidays, including the celebration of Christmas. A Christmas Eve in Monaco brings all the family together. It’s a perfect family time, an opportunity to share warm moments with your loved ones. Among others, Monaco has a Christmas …

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The Story of Winston Churchill’s Gambling Debt in Monaco

Сэр Уинстон Черчилль

“I will pay my debts tomorrow” – Winston Churchill said to the Director of the Hotel de Paris Casino. The Monte Carlo Casino room is lavish and vast. Its woodwork, hangings, chandeliers and tapestries come together to create a rare and rich decor. Game tables stand in the middle of the room. “Nothing is going right!” he says. The exclamation …

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Princely digest: World AIDS Day and Highlights from the National Day of Monaco


The past week was not very intensive in terms of events in the princely family. Nevertheless, we have something to tell you about the ruling family. Princess Stéphanie Presents Eight Quilts for World AIDS Day S.A.S. Princess Stéphanie, Founding President of Fight Aids Monaco (FAM), presented eight memorial quilts in the Conference Hall of the Oceanographic Museum on Monday, the …

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History of Monaco: Prince Charles III and the birth of Monte-Carlo

Charles III of Monaco

Daily life in Monaco is stable, reassured and dependable. But in 1856, the Principality was in a state of crisis. Prince Honoré V had died unexpectedly, leaving the throne to his brother, Florestan I, who had never been prepared for the role of ruler. Instead of studying power and governance, Prince Florestan studied theatre and was considered quite the performer. …

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Monaco’s State structure

The building of the National council of Monaco

The Principality of Monaco is an independent and sovereign state under international law, governed by the Prince. According to the Constitution of 17th December 1962, Monaco’s government structure is a hereditary constitutional monarchy. It means that the ruler of the Principality does not have absolute power, but is restricted by the Constitution. According to the heredity principle, the throne is …

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Welcome to Monaco, or general information about Monaco

Monaco motto - Deo Juvante- the sculpture

The Principality of Monaco is a small independent state situated on the French Riviera and historically linked to France. The Constitution of December 1962 defines Monaco as a state with a constitutional monarchy, governed by the Prince. According to the heredity principle, the throne is reserved for the direct and legitimate descendent of the reigning Prince. H.S.H Prince Albert II …

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History of Monaco: from the ancient times to Prince Albert II

Prince Albert II and Princesse Charlene of Monaco

The earliest references to Monaco appeared in early Ancient times, when ‘the Rock’ and its natural harbour served as a refuge for local tribes and sailors coming from the East. In the 6th century BC, a Ligurian tribe named Monoikos occupied ‘the Rock,’ which is probably the origin of the name “Monaco”. During its history, the place saw Roman and …

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