On Wednesday 29 September, HSH Prince Albert II attended the preview of James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ at the Opéra Garnier. The Prince left the Place du Palais at the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5 in the company of the director, Cary Joji Fukunaga. His guests included Louis and Marie Ducruet, Camille Gottlieb and American actress Sharon Stone and Christian Moore (son of the late Roger Moore) accompanied by his wife and children.
Funds raised during the charity evening will be going to the Princess Grace Foundation USA, organizer of the event. Cary Fukunaga is a former laureate of the foundation, having received a grant in 2005. In 2015, on the occasion of the Princess Grace Foundation Gala, Prince Albert II presented him with the Princess Grace Statue Award.
The preview paid tribute to Roger Moore who had played the famous British secret agent seven times from 1973 to 1985. The English actor, who passed away in 2017, had been a resident of Monaco for several years. Beginning in 2022, the PGF-USA will award a Roger Moore Prize in his honour to emerging filmmakers.
The screening was followed by a cocktail dinner at the Casino de Monte-Carlo.
Prince Albert II speaks at World Sea Forum Tunisia
On 24 September, Prince Albert spoke at the World Sea Forum in Bizerte, Tunisia. In front of numerous political and economic leaders, he pleaded for the full involvement of the countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean in decisions and initiatives for a more sustainable Mediterranean Sea. Combining actions with words, he then inaugurated the SELT Marine Colloids plant for processing red algae from the Bizerte lagoon.
“We were very honoured to receive HSH Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco on our site in Bizerte for the inauguration of the first private algal biotechnology laboratory in Tunisia and to exchange about the bright future of seaweed farming,” the SELT group wrote on social media.
Three Legendary Women Commemorated in Larvotto by Prince Albert and Princess Caroline
On Saturday 25 September, the Princesse Louise-Hippolyte promenade and the Anne-Marie Campora and Josephine Baker squares were inaugurated by Prince Albert and Princess Caroline in the Larvotto district.
The Prince and Princess joined representatives of various Monegasque institutions and members of the Campora and Baker families to attend this event paying tribute to three legendary women who have marked the history of the Principality. The first plaque was unveiled at the Rose des Vents esplanade, site of the new Anne-Marie Campora square, the first woman elected Mayor of Monaco. During her three terms (from 1991 to 2003), she worked to improve the daily life of the Monegasque population. The Sovereign Prince and the Princess of Hanover then unveiled the plaque for the promenade Princess Louise-Hippolyte, daughter of Prince Antoine I and mother of Honoré III, who was the first and only reigning Princess in the history of the Principality. A brief reign (10 months) due to her death at the young age of 34.
Their Highnesses finally unveiled the plaque for Place Josephine Baker, located at the end of the Larvotto promenade. This American artist with multiple talents had a deep attachment for Monaco and was friends with Princess Grace. She was a civil rights activist in the US and joined the resistance in France during World War II. Josephine Baker’s name will be joining the Pantheon monument in Paris, making her the first black woman to get the country’s highest honour.
Prince Albert II visits “La Louise” before it leaves for Antarctic Expedition
On the closing day of the Yacht Show, La Louise, a rather unusual ship, was visited by Prince Albert II before it embarked on the Antarctic expedition “2.0°C”.
The expedition, carried by the Just 2.0°C Association, will take place on the La Louise 19-metre schooner fitted out as a floating laboratory, designed and built by skipper Thierry Dubois, a former Vendée Globe competitor. The vessel will set sail in early October for the Antarctic Peninsula for six months of scientific exploration.
Prince Albert II made a point of visiting the ship to learn about the research mission led by six students from the Ecoles Normales Supérieures (ENS) of Paris, Paris-Saclay and Lyon, in collaboration with fifteen international research laboratories. The expedition will assess the current and future impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the penguin breeding habitat.
Prince Albert II attends Art-Bre in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Prince Albert II attended the opening event for the Journées de l’Art-Bre, which were held in the Cap Martin park until 30 September. For this 10th edition, the organizers called on the imagination and artistic capacities of the teams who have participated over theist decade. Teams who have intervened in the shadows to transport, install, secure and showcase the work of artists from all over the world during all these exhibitions.
The theme of the exhibition was ‘Land Art and Recovery’. A theme which raises awareness of the environment and recycling among the public, especially children. A goal which Prince Albert II, a faithful supporter of the event, is passionate about.
Cardinal Fernando Filoni received by Prince Albert II
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre was received by Prince Albert of Monaco at the palace. After a long conversation, Cardinal Fernando Filoni bestowed the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem upon Prince Albert II, a Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Holy See. Fernando Filoni is known as an expert in Chinese affairs and on the Middle East.