Prince Albert II at Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and other princely news
Prince Albert attends International Dance Competition
Before heading off to the Olympic Games in South Korea, Prince Albert II supported the Monegasque Dance Association at an evening in collaboration with the International Federation of dance. The best dancers in the world competed to win the prestigious title of ‘Latin Dance Champion of Monaco’. International judges and dancers came from Australia, Japan, the United States, Italy, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Moldova and Russia. The Russian dance couple Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno won the grand prize.
Prince Albert II commentates for France Television
On Sunday, the Prince of Monaco commentated for the two-man bobsleigh event at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games for France Television alongside French journalists.
As a five-time Olympian, the bobsleigh is undoubtedly one of the Prince Albert’s favourite sports. The Prince competed in the bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Albertville, Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City.
Olympic Interview with Prince Albert
In a recent interview, Prince Albert spoke about taking part in the 132nd International Olympic Committee session, Monaco’s Olympic athletes and his experiences in PyeongChang so far. Prince Albert took part in the 132nd IOC Session, which allowed the committee to discuss the doping case of Russian athletes. The Prince said it is an extremely complex case and it was necessary to explain the approach adopted by the investigators and the various commissions involved. The Prince went on to discuss sustainability at the Olympics. As Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, implementing the 2020 agenda was important to Prince Albert so future Games can create positive social, economic and environmental change.
The Prince’s first impressions of the PyeongChang Games have been positive from a technical point of view, but for outdoor sports, the weather conditions have been a bit difficult. A highlight for the Prince at this year’s Olympics was during the opening ceremony, when South Korea and North Korea presented themselves under the same flag. The Prince said that it was a wonderful message of hope and peace.
Prince Albert visits the Olympic Village
After being welcomed by the mayor of the village Ryu Seung-Min (olympic table tennis champion) and Yvette Lambin Berti (general secretary of the Monegasque Olympic Committee), Prince Albert II had lunch with the Monegasque delegation at the PyeongChang Olympic Village. He then took the opportunity to visit the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) booth as well a station where athletes can vote to elect members of the IOC. South Korea’s Olympic Village, at the foot of beautiful snow-capped peaks, has a unique multicultural atmosphere where athletes can get to know each other, make friends, compete, celebrate and enjoy the spirit of the Games.
Prince Albert attends Monaco’s Bobsleigh Training
HSH Prince Albert II attended the bobsleigh training to support Monegasque athletes Rudy Rinaldi and Boris Vain, who will compete for the Principality at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. When asked if he would like to try bobsledding again, Prince Albert said that although he would definitely like to try the sport again, one has to be reasonable. The Prince said he is happy to cheer on Monaco’s team from the other side of the barrier and he thinks the Monegasque athletes will achieve a good result in the competition.
Princess Stephanie attends Monegasque Red Cross 70th anniversary Exhibition
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Monegasque Red Cross, a retrospective exhibition is currently on display in the Exhibition Hall of Quai Antoine-I. HSH Princess Stephanie attended the inauguration of the exhibition, with members of both the Red Cross and the Prince’s Government. The exhibition features unpublished photographs, archives, videos, objects and works of art collected over the foundation’s 70 years of existence.
Admission is free and open to all until 3 March, from Tuesday to Sunday, between 1pm and 7pm.
Presentation by Charlotte Casiraghi at ‘Childhood and Violence’ Conference
Charlotte Casiraghi gave an introductory presentation at a conference entitled ‘Childhood and Violence’ at the Princess Grace Theatre on 14 February. During the conference, neuropsychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik discussed the evolution of violence and the dangers of emotional neglect which can damage a child’s relationship with the world. All funds raised during the evening were donated to the Monegasque Association ‘Jeune J’écoute’.