Princess Charlene presented awards to RWBC winners
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco were at “Riviera Water Bike Challenge” (RWBC) held at Monaco Yacht Club on June 4, 2017. RWBC is a 21 km relay race between Nice and Monaco and held for the first time this year. Prince Albert joined the race as a contester. Princess Charlene could not join the race because of a light injury in her wrist, she watched the race and presented awards to the winners. Prince Albert joined 10 teams of five people to participate in the competition, including famous athletes such as German Formula One World Champion, Nico Rosberg, and South African former rugby player, Percy Montgomery.
Highly regarded as a world premier sporting event, the challenge was held in support of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation to support the foundation’s work with children. All the money raised for the Foundation is going directly to cover the building costs of an Aquatic Centre in Burkina Faso, the first of its kind in Africa. The new centre has been designed by the Monaco Red Cross and the Burkina Red Cross, and it will aim to save lives in the water through a series of classes on ‘Water Safety’ and ‘Learning to Swim’. Both of these are programs that prevent many deaths from drowning.
There were two sports personalities peddling on each team, plus two places available for amateurs, which were selected by raffle last month. The water bike was developed by American Judah Schiller reportedly as a dare. It uses an optimized propeller, proprietary gear box and Gates Carbon Drive belts and can reach an average speed of 10mph in calm waters.
First to the finish arrived the team of Foundation of Xavier Mora, which consisted of such great sportsmen as rugbyman Percy Montgomery and South African swimmer Ryk Neethling, who at the same time is an ambassador of Princess’s Charlene Foundation.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene open the Grand-Prix in new electric Honda
It’s no secret that Prince Albert II is the most active head of state in terms of environmental protection and sustainability. The Albert II Foundation aims to promote the development of renewable energies. So Prince Albert II naturally took the wheel of the all-new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. The first sedan of its kind, the Japanese vehicle was revealed for the first time in Europe. The Sovereign took a seat at the wheel, with Princess Charlene by his side, to open the race. A drive around the track which couldn’t be cleaner, since, according to the manufacturer, the vehicle gives zero emissions, thus satisfying Monaco’s ecological ambitions. After the Grand Prix, the Prince went to the traditional gala, where he encountered the star of the day: Sebastian Vettel, who won the race in his Ferrari, ahead of his teammate Kimi Räikkönen, also part of the Italian team.
Prince Albert II attends the Games in San Marino
Monday was the first day of competition for Monegasque athletes at the Games of the Small States of Europe, who were able to count on the presence of Prince Albert II to encourage them. The ruler was in the stands alongside Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, who said: “In sport we are all equal, no matter our origins. What really matters is having a big heart and a strong passion for sport!”
After the opening ceremony, Prince Albert II was the closest to the Monegasque athletes, during their first trials.
First Gold Medal for Monaco in San Marino
At the end of the first day of competitions, the Monegasque hymn was heard in San Marino for the first time. Tiffany Pou accomplished a great feat in the final of the 200 m butterfly. For her second participation in the Games, she was only “third place. But during the race, I realized that I could do it.” In the end, an excellent time of 2:20.93 (her best time).
“I could not believe it at all, it took me a while to realize what happened. This gold medal is truly a bonus,” said the 21-year-old swimmer who will be swimming in the weekend’s competitions (100 m butterfly, 200 m and 800 m freestyle, and relays).
It should also be noted that the volleyball players lost a close game against San Marino (3-2), while tennis players Lucas Catarina and Florent Diep are continuing in the singles.
The Monegasque delegation socialized during the Monegasque Olympic Committee dinner. Yvette Lambin-Berti, General Secretary of COM, thanked the Sovereign for his presence and support. Prince Albert II welcomed the first positive results, a source of motivation for the future competitions. He wished to share a message of encouragement from Princess Charlene and their children. “All my family is with you during these Games.”
Prince Albert II attended the Award ceremony of EV Trophy
On the 1st of June the EV Trophy 2017, after starting in Copenhagen on May 24th, reached their last checkpoint in the Principality of Monaco where an official award giving took place by the Prince’s Palace in honor of all the drivers that took part. The EV Trophy is a unique rally of electric vehicles that takes place on the public roads of Europe, stopping in seven countries to promote green mobility and eco-friendly values to support a universal green future.
S.A.S. Prince Albert II attended the award ceremony in order to personally meet the participants and congratulate them on their achievements, stopping for pictures and to hear about their experience. He was also awarded with his own EV Trophy for his extensive efforts in promoting an eco-friendly community and future through his successful foundation. Prince Albert II and Andriy Bilyy presented the first place drivers with their awards; Team electromaps from Spain finished in the lead after completing about 26 hours of driving (and 26 hours of charging!) over the past week, just an hour before the second car.
Stunning video for Monaco’s 75th Grand Prix with Princely couple is online
In honor of Monaco’s 75th Grand Prix, held last weekend, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene took part in a special tribute, a brief 7-minute video, boasting all the romance and glamour of a Bond film.
With Charlene (who stuns in a chic halter top and glamorous shades!) arriving by boat and Albert in a helicopter, the couple joined the past Monaco Grand Prix winners David Coulthard and Mark Weber at the Monaco Yacht Club. There, in a rare and captivating glimpse, the relaxed royal couple shared memories of the world’s most prestigious auto race in a video directed by Richard Gort, courtesy of the Prince’s Palace.
Beatrice Borromeo, Tatiana and Alexandra at MC Fashion Week
Beatrice Borromeo, Andrea Casiraghi, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Princess Alexandra attended the fashion design award ceremony held within the scope of the MC Fashion Week 2017 (MCFW17) at Oceanographic Museum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.