On Thursday 19 July, the Prince attended the first events of the Herculis EBS International Athletics competition, held every year in the Principality. The men’s and women’s shot put events took place on the Port of Monaco. HSH Prince Albert personally congratulated the two winners: Lijiao Gong from China, with a throw of 20.31 metres (4kg of weight) and Ryan Crouser from the USA with a throw of 22.05 metres (7.26 kg of weight).
Prince Albert participates in Graffiti Festival
Prince Albert attended the 2nd ‘Urban Painting Around The World’ graffiti festival, which took place between 18 to 20 July. Ten international artists had the opportunity to express themselves freely with graffiti on the port Hercule. ‘Planète à croquer’ or ‘Taking a bite out of the Planet’, was this year’s environmental theme. Prince Albert participated in the event by spray-painting a stencil of a baby turtle in blue on Thursday afternoon.
Prince Albert presides over Preliminary Budget 2019 Meeting
On Tuesday 17 July, Prince Albert presided over a meeting concerning the 2019 Preliminary Budget of the Monegasque State in the presence of members of His Government and Cabinet. At this meeting, which took place at the palace, major budget balances for 2019 were presented to the Sovereign Prince. Budgetary agreements to be the subject of future decisions were also submitted to the Prince during the meeting.
Princess Charlene visited the Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo
Princess Charlene of Monaco visited The Rhino Orphanage in the Limpopo, South Africa. The Rhino Orphanage is a registered non-profit company based in the Limpopo Province and was founded by Arrie van Deventer in 2012. The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre that cares for orphaned and injured baby rhinos with the only aim of releasing them back into the wild. (Source: www.newmyroyals.com )
Princess Charlene visits South Africa
On Tuesday 17 July, Princess Charlene attended the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, which was held at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. This year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation chose former President of the United States, Barack Obama, to give a speech for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (born on 18 July 1918, passed away on 5 December 2013). In front of more than 10,000 people, President Obama delivered a message of tolerance and democracy. On this occasion, Princess Charlene met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, President Obama, The King of the Zulu as well as many personalities who came in large numbers to celebrate this event. The Nelson Mandela Foundation continues the legacy of its founder and works to improve the lives of the poorest people in South Africa and around the world.
On Wednesday 18 July, Princess Charlene continued her visit to South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Foundation headquarters to attend a presentation of the Foundation’s programs and new projects. She was accompanied by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a great defender of human rights. Richard Branson Desmond Tutu is the Chairman of the Council of Global Elders, created in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, which brings together well-known public figures. The goal of the group is to use collective experiences to work on solutions to problems such as climate change, AIDS and poverty all over the world.