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Top 10 stories of the week about Monaco

It’s Summer time on Cote-d’Azur, and life here is as always rich in events. So here are 10 most interesting stories to keep you updated.

1. Uncovering the Royal Guards Story

An exposition located in the library recounts, through a collection of archives, two centuries of history of the Prince’s guards, how they evolved and changed throughout the years.

In 2004, the guards celebrated the 100th anniversary of the start of their story as guards to the royal family. In 2017, the guard ‘company’ celebrates its bicentenary – no mistakes have been made in the calculations.

2. Vladimir Putin’s $1 Million Watch Coming to Auction

Putin’s Watch Patek Philippe

Vladimir Putin is something of a horological connoisseur. His collection includes everything from a Blancpain Aqualung that he wore while signing the treaty to annex Crimea to a range of other watches. Today, however, we are going to tell you about the most impressive and expensive timepiece from the Putin’s collection, and it’s coming up for sale.

3. Monaco agree deal for Soualiho Meite

Soualiho Meite

Ligue 1 champions Monaco are set to wrap up the deal for Zulte-Waregem midfielder Soualiho Meite, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

Expecting the departure of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Fabinho, the Principality club have already reinforced their midfield department with Youri Tielemans, and they will again be shopping in Belgium.

4. Winners of the 9th FxPRO Monte-Carlo beach volleyball competition


Monaco’s glamorous Larvotto beach saw the captivating 9th edition of the FxPRO Monte-Carlo beach volleyball women’s competition from 17th to 18th June.

The competition, presided by Prince Albert II of Monaco, is the only Monegasque and French event to be a part of the World Tour 2017 of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball.

5. Mr Goodfish: quality food and protected environment


Bernard Fautrier, vice-president of the Foundation of Prince Albert II, and Frédéric Darnet, director of the Monte-Carlo Bay, recently launched the programme Mr Goodfish.

To propose a quality cuisine while respecting the ecosystem: this is what brought together the management of Monte Carlo and the programme Mr Goodfish. Launched initially by three aquariums in France, Italy and Spain, this project aims to raise awareness of restaurants serving fish, crustaceans and molluscs.

6. La Turbie swimming pool was named in an honour of Princess Charlene

La Turbie swimming pool

There was a feeling of summer at the town council which took place recently. Of the fifteen deliberations presented, all were adopted unanimously, seven concerning the municipal swimming pool. The pool will now be called “Princess Charlene of Monaco Municipal swimming pool”. The best way to pay tribute to the tremendous work accomplished at the initiative – and with the financial support – of the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco. Thanks to an agreement between the Foundation, the French Swimming Federation (FFN) and the municipality of La Turbie, every year since 2014, the municipal swimming pool opens in June and some 350 schoolchildren from La Turbie and surrounding communities come to learn to swim and how to avoid drowning.

7. Top 9 Princely Monaco News: water safety and 57th TV Festival with Princely Couple

Princess Charlene

Water Safety with Princess Charlene

Princess Charlene invited a group of 50 middle schoolers to take part in the Water Safety Day on Larvotto Beach. When your sea rescue class is taught by Alain Bernard, the class immediately becomes a lot more interesting. The Olympic champion was one of the sportsmen present for the Water Safety Day for the Princess Charlene Foundation, where children learnt the steps they should take to save somebody’s life at sea when someone is struggling in the water. From learning how to use a rescue tube to bring the victim to shore, to learning the proper way to use a nipper-board (a rescue plank).

8. Growing Monegasque families


The mayor of Monaco Georges Marsan accompanied by a number of elects, met recently with the Monegasque families who welcomed their first child this past year at a warm reception in the town hall’s courtyard of honour.

9. Sculptures of Monaco: a walk at the Place of Casino

Sky Mirror

HelloMonaco continues its series on the hidden treasures dotted around the Principality of Monaco, artistic gems that embellish the streets and gardens. Many that you might not take a notice of but which we bring to light in this unique series. We’ve strolled with you already in Fontvieille, along the Larvotto and in the Condamine district to discover different wonderful sculptures. Now let’s have a walk at the Place du Casino and its neighbouring roads which hide some of Monaco’s most renowned sculptures; some masterpieces permanent adorn the Principality, while others are short-term additions that give even more splendour to the area – we will explore these sublime sculptures and the history that they hold.

10. Fabrizio Moretti’s new Art Gallery in Monaco

Fabrizio Moretti
Established in Florence and London, Fabrizio Moretti is now opening his third art gallery at the Park Palace. Source:

Not to be confused with the musician with the same name from the New York band The Strokes. The Fabrizio Moretti who is settling in Monaco is a star in the art world. A prominent specialist in Tuscan art and ancient painting from the 14th to the 18th centuries, the 40-year-old collector, son of an antique dealer, grew up in a Florentine world. A gallery in Florence and another in London have given him international influence. He chose to complete his triptych by occupying 200 square meters at the Park Palace, overlooking the Place du Casino.

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