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Olympic Torch Relay in Monaco: From F1 to Bobsleigh, The Flame Gets Star Treatment

The Principality of Monaco is preparing to welcome the Olympic Flame, which will be carried by six Monegasque torchbearers on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

At 2:15 PM, in front of the statue of Juan Manuel Fangio located at Port Hercule, Formula 1 champion Charles Leclerc will be the first torchbearer. The Flame will then be carried successively by skier Alexandra Coletti, table tennis player Xiaoxin Yang, and bobsledder Rudy Rinaldi, who will hand it over to H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in front of the statue of Malizia at the Palace Square.

The Olympic Flame will follow the route outlined here.

It will be visible to the public at the start of the Relay, along Avenue du Port, at the corner of Place du Marché and Palace Square.

While waiting to welcome the torchbearers at the Palace Square, spectators can view a montage of archive images, designed and produced by the Audiovisual Institute and the Palace Archives of Monaco. This montage will evoke Monaco’s participation in the Paris Olympics 100 years ago, the bronze medal awarded to Monegasque architect Julien Médecin (1894-1986) for his urban planning drawings (a discipline then included in the program), the Olympic Champion title of John B. Kelly in rowing, as well as the first passage of the Olympic Flame in Monaco 56 years ago, on the way to the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968.

On the occasion of this event and throughout the Olympic period, the upper gate (dated 1533) of the Rampe Major, on the route of the Olympic Flame, will be adorned on both sides with a large visual reminder that John B. Kelly (1889-1960), father of Princess Grace and grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, won a gold medal in rowing (double sculls) at the Paris Olympics 100 years ago, in 1924.

Recommendations for Spectators

People wishing to watch the passage of the Olympic Flame are advised to take into account road closures in the area between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Pedestrians will not be able to access the Rampe Major between 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM, walk within the zones of the route delimited by barriers, and use the pedestrian crossings located along this route, especially at the bottom of Avenue de la Porte Neuve between 2:00 PM and 2:45 PM.

To ensure the safety of the event, filtering points will be set up along the entire route, as well as at the entrances to the Palace Square.

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Download link for photos of the torchbearers: [https://we.tl/t-HnYlr8zYKt](https://we.tl/t-HnYlr8zYKt)

Prior to Monaco, it is reported that the flame will be making a stop in the mountain village resort of Valberg. The next destination after the Principality will be Antibes-Juan-les-Pins.

A Royal History

Monaco’s Prince Albert II is the president of the Monegasque Olympic Committee and has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1985.

Prince Albert has participated in five Winter Olympics as part of Monaco’s bobsleigh team. He himself first carried the Olympic flame in 1996, ahead of the Atlanta Summer Olympics. The Prince has repeatedly been a torchbearer nine more times for both Summer and Winter Games.
Princess Charlene, herself a former Olympian swam for South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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