After a virtual edition last year, the 52nd International Flower Arranging competition took place during the autumn dates of mid-October for the first time. The competition brought together about fifty competitors on the Casino Terraces to create floral arrangements for the expert eyes of international judges around the theme: “Culinary art in the world”. A parallel competition was dedicated to children from 7 to 16 years old.
Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline, who has chaired the Garden Club since 1982, discovered the participants’ creations, guided by members of the jury and the team. Tiziana Vincentini, in the category “Gourmet composition of flowers, fruits, vegetables and plants” won First prize as well as the Princess Grace Prize with an astonishing three-tiered bouquet featuring flowers, fruits and vegetables.
‘Alick and Albert’ Documentary Film Preview at St Tropez Festival
‘Alick and Albert’ a 90-minute documentary film by Douglas Watkin, was screened on Wednesday 13 October at the opening of the 23rd St Tropez Antipodes Festival, dedicated to Australian and New Zealand cinema.
In 2016, during the ‘Taba Naba, Australia, Oceania, arts of the peoples of the sea’ exhibition at the Oceanographic Museum, Prince Albert II met Australian artist and indigenous languages activist Alick Tipoti and began an extraordinary friendship. Two years later, 14,000 km away on Badu Island, the story continued with a Monaco Explorations mission when Alick Tipoti welcomed Prince Albert to the island, located in northern Australia.
During the documentary, the artist and the Prince show how they are both driven by the heritage of their ancestors and by their personal commitment to nature, especially the ocean. Alick and the people of Badu share their way of life, which is threatened by ocean pollution and climate change, with Prince Albert II.
During the preview screening, HSH the Sovereign Prince said that despite the differences between Monaco’s and Badu’s cultures and environments, the two communities share the same universal values: a love for nature and natural ecosystems, and the importance of reconciling humans and nature.
Prince Albert and Princess Caroline host University reception at Princely Palace
On 13 October, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline hosted a reception at the Princely Palace for the attendees of a symposium organized by Villanova University at the Princess Grace Irish Library. One of the guests was the Prince and Princess’ cousin, Susan Kelly Von Medicus. The Irish Library regularly organizes cultural events with Irish writers, academics, personalities and musicians who are invited to give speeches and perform their work.
Art from Monegasque Red Cross Galas exhibited in Geneva
Around twenty works of art, donated by renowned artists during various Monaco Red Cross galas, are currently on display at the International Red Cross headquarters in Geneva. The Prince and a delegation from the Monegasque Red Cross travelled to Geneva to inaugurate the collaborative exhibition, which symbolizes the bonds of friendship and mutual aid that exist between Monaco and Switzerland.
During the trip to Switzerland, the Sovereign and the Monegasque Red Cross team were able to meet with Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Secretary General, Jagan Chapagain. Many subjects were discussed during the meeting, particularly local and global actions in the face of climate change and the pandemic.
Princess Charlene Foundation Logo featured on Activ5 Special Edition Fitness System
On Thursday 7 October 2021, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and Monegasque company Shibuya Productions signed a partnership agreement. Shibuya Productions, a multimedia content production and publishing company, markets the Activ5 device, invented in Monaco, designed for sports activity and personal development. Connected to an app, the fitness system uses weight sensors to measure muscle strength and adapt exercise difficulty according to real-time progress.
With this partnership, a limited edition of the Activ5, featuring the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation logo, will be made available. Part of the profits will be donated to the Foundation for the financing of projects highlighting the positive values of sport.
A unique experience will also be made available by the Foundation at the Monaco Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020: the ActiVSeven Heptathlon video game (iOS + Android) produced and developed by Shibuya Productions to combine gaming and physical activity.
Charlotte Casiraghi attends Chanel 2022 Fashion Show
On 5 October 2021, Charlotte Casiraghi attended the Chanel Spring/Summer 2022 show, which took place in connection with Paris Fashion Week. Inspired by the magic of fashion seen through a photographer’s lens, the Chanel show evoked the heightened emotions and memories of runways of the 1980s surrounded by photographers and flashbulbs. Charlotte Casiraghi wore a new embroidered dress from the Chanel Resort 2022 collection to the event. Chanel’s new collection balances the graphic contrasts of black and white, playful summer stripes and the dark whimsy of butterfly wings on black chiffon.
Christian Dior appoints Pierre Casiraghi as Menswear Ambassador
In the Royal Grimaldi family of Monaco, a second Casiraghi has emerged as a new fashion star: Pierre Casiraghi. The younger brother of Charlotte Casiraghi, who is Chanel’s ambassador, has been named the Dior menswear ambassador.
The 34-year-old businessman and seasoned sailor joins his beautiful wife, Italian journalist Beatrice Borromeo, as a spokesman for the French fashion house. In February, Beatrice Borromeo was named Dior ambassador and in June the couple attended the Dior cruise show for women in Athens.