Prince Albert attends Monte-Carlo Women of the Year Awards and other princely news
Monte-Carlo Women of the Year Awards
One hundred and fifty guests gathered at the Oceanographic Museum on Saturday night to pay tribute to the work of three women who dedicate their lives to ‘Art and Science’. This year’s theme was a tribute to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Prince Albert II met with the laureates and spoke to them about their careers.
The three women who were awarded this year have all accomplished impressive and innovative projects in their respective careers. Sougwen Chung, an internationally renowned multimedia artist, was the first winner of this year’s award. She has been working with robots since 2015 and is an artist-in-residence at Google and the cultural incubator at New Museum, New Inc. Elena Rossoni-Notter, Director of the Museum of Prehistoric Archeology of Monaco, received the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award for her commitment to archaeological research in Monaco. Orlan received the third and final award for her avant-garde work in art, science and technology. The artist used her body as an inspiration to create a robot in her image, called Orlanoïde.
Princess Caroline and Prince Albert attend 51st International Bouquet Competition
Princess Caroline and Prince Albert attended the 51st International Bouquet Competition, focussed around a new theme: ‘Climate’. After taking a break last year, the competition was in full bloom once again on the 4th and 5th of May along the terraces of the Casino de Monte-Carlo.
Organized by The Garden Club of Monaco, the competition’s theme on climate is very important to Monegasques and to Prince Albert II, who joined Princess Caroline (juror and head of the Garden Club) at this year’s event. Princess Caroline wore a floral-print silk-chiffon midi dress by Giambattista Valli to this year’s competition.
The Monaco Garden Club has been holding international bouquet contests since 1968. Enrico Barla won the Princess Grace Award and the gold medal winner was young Monegasque Appoline Marzi.
Prince Albert makes Grimaldi Historic visit to San Demetrio Corone
On Thursday 9 May, Prince Albert traveled to the village of San Demetrio Corone, Italy for a friendly and historic visit. The Prince was welcomed to the village by Mayor Salvatore Lamirata before he unveiled new ‘Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco’ sign. The Sovereign Prince then attended a musical performance by a local folklore group before visiting the 11th century Church of Sant’Andrea. He later unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit before receiving honorary citizenship to the commune. In the small town of 3,500 inhabitants, over 500 people were present for the Prince’s visit.
First packages delivered by Drone in the Principality
At the Ever Monaco show, HSH Prince Albert II, HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II Foundation and Jean-Luc Delcroix, Director of La Poste Monaco, attended the first delivery of a package by drone. The small aircraft took off from the post office at Place du Campanin in Fontvieille and travelled to the Grimaldi Forum, commissioned by an operator of the company Mc Clic.
After a few minutes of flight, the Sovereign Prince was able to attend the landing and the delivery of this symbolic package, containing barbajuan. Drone deliveries are something that La Poste Monaco’s services would like to develop in the Principality.
Princess Charlene will signal start of 24 Hours of Le Mans
Princess Charlene will be signalling that start for 62 prototypes and GT cars participating in the most prestigious endurance race, 24 Hours of Le Mans, on Saturday 15 June 15 at 3 pm. Who better to kick-off the 87th edition than a top-level sportswoman and swimming champion who is involved in the Monaco Grand Prix and enjoys competition and motor racing? Pierre Fillon, president of the ACO, said he was delighted and proud to announce that Princess Charlene of Monaco has agreed to be the ‘starter’ for the 24 Hours Le Mans 2019. Last year, star tennis player Rafael Nadal signalled the start of the competition.
Princess Charlene gives Swimming Workshop to Saint Devote Rugby Players
On the sidelines of the Saint Devote Rugby Tournament, Princess Charlene offered swimming workshops to teams before the tournament. Young players from South Africa, Mauritius and the USA were united at the Stade Louis II swimming pool at on Friday 10 May. The workshops, organized by the Princess Charlene Foundation of Monaco with the support of Pierre Frolla (four-time free diving world record holder and Ambassador of the Princess Charlene Foundation) taught the children how to become familiar with water rescue and first aid.