The ninth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour took place at the Port Hercules, under the ramparts of the Princely Palace, from 29 June until 1 July. The most sought-after prize, the Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco, was won by Julien Epaillard (France) and his homebred steed Donatello d’Auge. Prince Albert II presented the winners with their prizes. Princess Caroline and Charlotte Casiraghi also attended the awards ceremony. In Monaco, winners split the 1.5 million euro prize money (including 495,000 euros for the winner) one of the biggest prizes in the world.
Ten pairs of competitors participated in this year’s Longines Pro Am Cup, sponsored by Charlotte Casiraghi. The relay race pairs pros in the equestrian world with talented amateurs. CTM with Milena-Maria Pappa on Fantasie VHW Z and Emanuele Gaudiano on Stalensky PS won the competition.
A donation of €25,000 was presented to Jérôme Froissard, secretary general of AMADE, by Diane Fissore, President of the Jumping International de Monte-Carlo and of the Equestrian Federation of Monaco. This year’s Pro Am Cup celebrated the 60th anniversary of Amade, the World Association of Children’s Friends, which is chaired by HRH the Princess of Hanover and founded in 1963 by Princess Grace.
Princess Charlene presents Monaco’s Athletes with Medals
A festive atmosphere took over the cour d’honneur at the Town Hall during Monaco’s traditional Sports Festival on Wednesday 28 June. The event awards amateur athletes who have done well during the 2022-2023 season. In the first part of the ceremony, 378 medals of distinction were awarded to athletes who obtained a significant result at regional and departmental levels.
Later in the day, the Mayor and the members of the Municipal Council welcomed HSH Princess Charlene, as well as high-level government ministers and representatives from the Monegasque Olympic Committee and AS Monaco to award athletes who have obtained a significant result at the national level. 46 gold medals were awarded by HSH Princess Charlene. 95 Silver medals and 139 Bronze medals were also awarded. A total of 36 disciplines were represented and 658 medals were awarded during the ceremony.
Princess Caroline presents Art School Prizes for Pavillon Bosio
HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, representing HSH Prince Albert II, presented art school students with prizes during the Award Ceremony for the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques Pavillon Bosio on Tuesday 27 June on the cour d’honneur of the Town Hall. Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, the Mayor, representatives of the Principality’s highest authorities, cultural entities and associations were also in attendance.
Jean-Marc Deoriti-Castellini, Deputy Mayor, Delegate at the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques Pavillon Bosio, thanked HRH the Princess of Hanover for her presence and the interest she shows in the art school. Projects that have been developed by the Bosio Pavilion this year include collaborations with the Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Geneva, Nice, Sorbonne and the Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
Princess Caroline launches Educational Book about Red Coral
HRH the Princess of Hanover took part in a book launch for “Les Mystères du Corail Rouge” (‘Mysteries of the Red Coral’) by Anne Jankeliowitch on Wednesday 28 June at the Rainier III Auditorium. Published by La Martinière Jeunesse editions, the book was launched in the presence of students from the Principality.
Created under the supervision of the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM) as part of its research on the biology of precious corals, the new book will be given to all Monaco pupils in CM2 and 6ème classes at the start of the next school year.
Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline attend International Organ Festival
Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline attended the launch of the 18th Monaco International Organ Festival, which took place at the Cathedral. The Festival is presenting five concerts until 16 July and is also part of the Prince Rainier III centenary celebrations.
After the festival’s first concert, Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, Andrea Casiraghi, Charlotte Casiraghi and Louis Ducruet visited the photographic exhibition entitled “The Prince and his animals” at the Jardin Animalier de Monaco. Located in the heart of Monaco, the Zoological Gardens were founded in 1954 by Prince Rainier III, a strong advocate for animals. They provide a home for animals which have been abandoned or rescued after customs seizures.
Prince Albert II celebrates 70th Anniversary of the Yacht Club
The YCM brought together nearly 1,500 of its members in the presence of the Sovereign for its yearly summer cocktail party on Saturday 24 June. Created in 1953, the Club celebrated its 70th anniversary and officially welcomed thirty new members this year.
According to Prince Albert II, president of the establishment since 1984, the Yacht Club has been able to preserve and pass on maritime traditions, while promoting innovation and the development of yachting. Prince Rainier III, who founded the YCM, dreamed of making it an exclusive place where yachting is enjoyed and celebrated.
Today, the YCM is a beacon for the nautical industry and for the protection of our oceans. The members’ cocktail was also an opportunity to congratulate distinguished athletes like Alexander Ehlen, who is working towards qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Peter Harburg, recent winner of the 70th Rolex Giraglia and the two gold medalists from the Games of the Small States: Noah Garcia and Boris Jeremenko.
Charlotte and Andrea Casiraghi inaugurate Joséphine Baker Mural
The first Joséphine Baker book festival recently took place at the Château des Milandes. During the Festival, Charlotte and Andrea Casiraghi inaugurated a mural dedicated to the Franco-American artist, painted by Jérémie d’Angelo.
“It is an honour to pay tribute to Josephine Baker. She was a great resistance fighter, a great activist, and we, the whole family, are very attached to her fight,” said Charlotte Casiraghi, before she touched upon the deep bond that Princess Grace and Josephine Baker shared.
Olympic Committee pays tribute to Prince Rainier III
The Monegasque Olympic Committee paid tribute to Prince Rainier III and his attachment to sport at One Monte-Carlo, in the presence of Prince Albert II, President of the Committee and Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy. A special video, which paid tribute to Prince Rainier III and the international actions he took in the field of sport, was screened during the event. The Builder Prince’s major contribution to the modernization of Monegasque sport included the creation of emblematic sporting infrastructures.
During the event, Prince Albert II spoke about major development projects for new sports venues (Moneghetti, beach volleyball courts at the Prince Albert II leisure centre, future Charles-III college, renovation of the Louis-II stadium). Prince Albert II also spoke about a book by Bernard Maccario, which is about how the Monte Carlo Women’s Olympiad was born just over a century ago, under the impetus of Prince Albert I. The book describes how the Principality played a pioneering role in women’s access to the Olympic Games.
Prince Rainier III: Princely Family unveils New Name for Monaco’s technical and hotel School
The Principality’s technical and hotel school now bears a new name: Prince Rainier III. A plaque bearing the school’s new name was unveiled by the Prince Albert II, Princesses Caroline and Princess Stephanie. The school, once known by its acronym (LTHM), was founded in 1969 by Prince Rainer III. A bust of Prince Rainier III and a black and white photograph of the Prince inaugurating the family tree in the school have also been added to the building.