Prince Albert II traveled to the Azores archipelago on Thursday 13 October and to Lisbon on 14 October as part of a four-day trip to Portugal and Spain to commemorate the centenary of the death of Prince Albert I.
Prince Albert II was welcomed to Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, by the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Dr. José Manuel Bolieiro and by HE Henrique de Polignac Mascarenhas de Barros, Ambassador of Monaco to Portugal. After a journey through the city via the avenue Prince Albert Ier, inaugurated in 1904, the Monegasque Sovereign laid a wreath of flowers at the foot of the bust of his great-grandfather, on the main quay of Ponta Delgada. The Azores archipelago was vital for the scholarly career of Prince Albert. Between 1885 and 1914, half of his twenty-eight scientific campaigns took place there.
Prince Albert II was then received at the town hall, where he inaugurated an exhibition about the friendship and collaboration of his great-grandfather with scientist and photographer Francisco Afonso Chaves (1857 -1926) at the Carlos Machado Museum. The day ended with an official dinner at the Palace of Sant’Anna.
In Lisbon, Prince Albert II of Monaco and the President of the Portuguese Republic, HE Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, inaugurated an exhibition which pays tribute to the friendship between the two sovereign oceanographers, Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922) and King Carlos I of Portugal (1863-1908), with an emphasis on Prince Albert I’s scientific travels and campaigns in Madeira, the Azores and Lisbon. Entitled “The oceanographer friend: Prince Albert I of Monaco and Portugal (1875–1920)” and organized by the Albert I – 2022 Committee, this exhibition is taking place at the Lisbon Navy Museum until 18 December.
In the evening, Prince Albert II was received at Belem Palace where he was decorated by the Portuguese President with the Grand Collar of the Order of Dom Henrique.
Unusual Albert I exhibition inaugurated by Prince Albert II
HSH Prince Albert II inaugurated the second series of the “Unusual Albert I” exhibition at the Galerie des Pêcheurs on 11 October. The twenty-eight photographs on display aim to explore familiar themes of Prince Albert’s life as a scholar, sovereign, humanist, while at the same time exploring lesser known themes by showing unique, unusual and intimate moments. The exhibition was organized by the Albert I committee, in collaboration with the Palace Archives and the Audiovisual Institute; and runs until 29 November.
Princess Caroline attends International Flower Arranging Competition
Princess Caroline attended the 53rd Monaco International Flower Arranging Competition, which was organized by the Garden Club at the Tunnel Riva on 15 and 16 October. Created in 1968 by Princess Grace, the Garden Club is now presided over by Princess Caroline, who also acted as a jury member for this year’s contest. Winners of this year’s theme “Colour in Fashion” were presented with a Chanel bag, haute couture by Jean-Paul Gaultier, or a dinner at Christian Lacroix, among other prizes.
Princess Caroline presents Prince Pierre Foundation Awards
Princess Caroline of Hanover presented the prizes for the 2022 Prince Pierre Foundation Awards at the Opera Garnier on 11 October. The host for the ceremony was Arnaud Merlin, journalist for France Musique. Charlotte Casiraghi also attended the award ceremony and helped present ‘The Principality Prize’ awarded jointly by Philosophical Encounters of Monaco and the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation, which was awarded to Philippe Descola for his entire body of philosophical work. A total of eight prizes were presented for outstanding works in the fields of literature, music and contemporary art.
Princess Caroline attends 17RGP Military Ceremony in Montauban
Princess Caroline of Hanover joined the paratroopers of the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment (17RGP) as they celebrated Saint Michael’s day, patron saint of paratroopers, during a military ceremony on the national square of the Ville de Montauban. Princess Caroline is the godmother of the regiment. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the sponsorship between the Princess and the 17RGP.
Saint Michael was officially made the Patron Saint of paratroopers during the Second World War. The regiment’s mascot is a real bald eagle named Malizia, who was given to the regiment by Princess Caroline.