Prince Albert II visits Marseille
Prince Albert II recently visited Marseille’s industrial port, where the first pieces of the Anse du Portier Seafront Extension Project are being constructed. In total, 18 caissons will be manufactured in Marseille with special tools, unique in France. Prince Albert met with workers on the site and learned how the caissons are manufactured, each of which measure 28 metres long, 27 metres high and weigh an impressive 10,000 tons.
Prince Albert meets with the Strategic Council for Attractiveness
Prince Albert II, the Minister of State and members of the Strategic Council for Attractiveness met at the Oceanographic Museum to discuss the future of the Principality. Since 2004, the Strategic Council for Attractiveness has held meetings to discuss proposals which contribute to the development of the Principality.
At this year’s meeting, Serge Telle insisted on opening Monaco to foreigners because Monaco has always been, and is more than ever, a land of openness.
First residential solar panels installed in Monaco
In the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, the first solar panels were installed on a residential building on boulevard d’Italie. The installation follows the launch of the Energy Transition Mission, in June 2017. Since 2014, the Government of Monaco has implemented a financia lincentive for those wanting to install solar panels. A website allows residents to identify the amount of potential sunshine, surface area needed for the solar panels and amount of potential energy.
Prince Albert II inaugurates Biodiversarium in Banyuls-sur-Mer
Prince Albert II inaugurated the new Louis-Boutan building of the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer, dedicated to marine sciences. The Prince not only unveiled the inaugural plaque, he also signed a memorandum of collaboration concerning marine science, ocean observation and impact of climate change between the University Pierre and Marie Curie and the Oceanographic Institute –Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation.
The history between the Princely Family and Banyuls-sur-Mer dates back to when the Prince’s grandfather, Albert I, formed links with Banyuls last century. Prince Albert II first visited the location with his father Prince Rainier III.
Prince Albert II inaugurates new high voltage power station in Monaco
63,000 volts will travel from France to power half of the Principality’s residents and industries. Because Monaco is densely populated and space is a precious thing, 15 kilometers of electric cables were laid underground, some through old railway tunnels. The cables connect Monaco to Nice.
Prince Albert II inaugurated the station and Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Councillor and Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism was also in attendance. The third power station is finally ready to light up homes and businesses for half of the Principality.
Prince Albert II attends Universal Children’s Day celebrations
Prince Albert II attended also an event organized by Kids United at the Grimaldi forum to celebrate Universal Children’s Day. The sold-out event featured performances by the Carabiners Orchestra and ascreening of a film about children’s rights.€8,000 was raised for the Princess Charlene Foundation’s‘Learn to Swim’ program, as well 11 other Monegasque humanitarian associations working to improve children’s lives around the world.
Princess Charlene and the twins attend their first basketball game
Princess Charlene and her two children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, supported the ASM Basketball team as they played against Chalon-sur-Saône. The Princely presence may have given Monaco’s team the good luck they needed to win the game, with a score of 87-57.
Fight Aids Monaco Quilts displayed at Oceanographic Museum
Every year since 2010, Princess Stephanie along with volunteers and affiliates from Fight Aids Monaco unfold and present quilts made in memory of AIDS victims. This year, the quilts honoured seventy people affected by the virus; seventy souls, seventy stories, seventy members of Fight Aids Monaco who have passed away. Four people passed away from the virus this year alone in Monaco. Princess Stephanie and Fight Aids Monaco will continue creating and presenting these carefully crafted quilts every year, to keep the fight against AIDS strong.
Prince Albert II attends MonacoPhil
HSH Prince Albert II and Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, attended the opening of MonacoPhil 2017. One hundred of the world’s rarest stamps were on display from the collections of HM Queen Elizabeth II, HSH Prince Albert II, as well as national postal museums and members of the prestigious Monte-Carlo Club.
Princely family attend Fight Aids Auction
Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, her daughter Camille, her son Louis and his girlfriend Marie attended an auction to raise funds for Fight Aids Monaco. The piece that raised the most money was a work of art by Bernard Bezzina in white bronze, donated by the artist to support the cause, which was sold for 30,000 euros. The auction raised 188,100 euros in total for Fight Aids Monaco, which helps the one hundred people living with HIV in the Principality.
Civil wedding of Prince Christian and Alessandra de Osma
On November 24, 2017 at the Chelsea and Westminster Register Office, the civil wedding ceremony of Prince Christian of Hanover and his Peruvian fiancee, Alessandra de Osma, took place in front of a small group of close family and friends. Then, the guests headed to the Ritz hotel to continue the festivities. Guests included Pierre Casiraghi and his wife Beatrice Borromeo, Charlotte Casiraghi and her boyfriend Dimitri, Alexandra von Hannover, Andrea Casiraghi and his wife Tatiana.