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King Charles III Coronation attended by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene attended the coronation ceremonies of King Charles III on Friday 5 May and Saturday 6 May. On Friday evening, the princely couple was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in the presence of His Majesty King Charles III. Princess Charlene appeared in a stunning lavender outfit. Prince Albert II was able to discuss with King Charles III during the reception.

After the reception, certain privileged guests were invited to continue the evening at Oswald’s restaurant, the most prestigious private club in London. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were among the guests who dined there. 

The following day, the Sovereign and his wife attended the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey. 2,200 guests were in attendance, including monarchs and heads of state. Prince Albert II wore his ceremonial military costume and Princess Charlene wore a cream outfit. 

Prince Albert II was the first sovereign in the world to announce that he accepted the invitation to the coronation. The news had surprised the media since no monarch had attended previous British coronations. Charles III put an end to this tradition by inviting foreign heads of state and sovereigns for the first time. In 1953, at the coronation of Elizabeth II, Prince Pierre of Monaco, father of Sovereign Prince Rainier III, represented his son.

Pierre Casiraghi, Louis Ducruet and Raphaël Elmaleh watch Monaco’s ePrix

The princely family was well represented at the ePrix Monaco, which took place on the same weekend as the King’s coronation. Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo attended the race with their two children, Stefano and Francesco. They met with Louis Ducruet, who is the proud new father of one-month-old Victoire. Raphaël Elmaleh, Charlotte Casiraghi’s son, attended the race with his father, Gad. The big race was won by Nick Cassidy.

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Prince Albert II takes a tour of Historic Fort du Cap Martin

Prince Albert II visited the historic Fort du Cap Martin, built during the construction of the Maginot Line from 1930 to 1933. The Fort was designed so that the 11 officers and 343 soldiers stationed there could live self-sufficiently for three months. The soldiers belonged to the 96th Alpine Fortress Battalion and the 157th Artillery Regiment and fought bravely against the Italian army from 11 to 25 June 1940 .

The fort has been the property of Roquebrune Cap Martin since 1995 and restoration works on the fort began in 1997. Today, the kitchen, dental office, infirmary and bedrooms have all been restored with the inclusion of many period objects and props that transport any visitor back to 1940. The Prince took a tour of the fort and saw two soldiers in uniform speaking into period radios.

Prince Albert II says “Bon Voyage” to adventurer Mike Horn

On 3 May, famous adventurer Mike Horn cast off his 30-metre Pangea sailboat at the Yacht Club marina for a four-year expedition around the world titled: “What’s Left” . Before leaving, the explorer met the Sovereign and gave a tour of the sailboat to young people from the sports section of the Yacht Club. 14 years ago, he had set off on a different adventure aboard Pangea, also departing from the Yacht Club. 

After more than 30 years of expeditions to the four corners of the world, Mike Horn’s latest expedition will see him returning to emblematic places that have marked his career. All with a clear objective: to take stock of the state of our planet. On the agenda: the Arctic, the Amazon jungle, Antarctica, Patagonia, the Australian desert, New Zealand, northern Canada, Alaska and Asia. In parallel with the launch of this expedition, the second edition of Pangea X was also  launched by Mike Horn and his team. Pangea X is an environmental program to inspire and support young people in carrying out impactful projects.

Prince Albert Il visits Château Smith Haut Lafitte wine estate in Gironde

On 28 April, Prince Albert II attended the Feast of the Commandery of Bontemps, one of the oldest French winery brotherhoods. Also in attendance was journalist Stéphane Bern, journalist Anne-Claire Coudray, basketball player Tony Parker, Nicolas Vix and tennis player Alizé Lim.

Charlotte Casiraghi pays tribute to Karl Lagerfeld at the Met Gala

This year’s Met Gala theme was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” and Charlotte Casiraghi was in attendance, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on 1 May. Princess Caroline was good friends with the late fashion designer. 

Charlotte Casiraghi paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by wearing a sheer lace dress that was part of Chanel’s fall 1996 collection. All black with big bows and a small train, Charlotte Casiraghi looked chic on the steps of the Met. The gala is a charity evening for the Anna Wintour Costume Centre, with tickets costing $30,000. Stars like Rihanna, A$AP, Cardi B, Jenna Ortega, Janelle Monae, Lil Nas X and Pedro Pascal were also in attendance. Jared Leto made headlines when he attended the gala dressed as Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette.

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