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Prince Albert II congratulates Athletes at the Monaco Run Gramaglia

Prince Albert II attended the second day of the Monaco Run Gramaglia on Sunday 11 February.

The Prince was on the starting line and on the finish line of the event of the 5 km Hoka race, which took place on the streets of the Principality. France’s Yann Schrub won the 5 km in 13 minutes and 22 seconds. Ethiopia’s Likina Amebaw won the women’s event in 14 minutes and 35 seconds. Prince Albert II warmly congratulated the winners at the end of the race. Sunday’s events also included the and the 10 km race and Pink Ribbon march. 2,700 runners participated in the two-day race.

Monaco Run Gramaglia 2024
Monaco Run Gramaglia 2024 © Direction de la Communication – Frédéric Nebinger

Prince Albert II attends the 74th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy

Prince Albert II attended the fourth evening of the Sanremo Music Festival on Friday 9 February at the Teatro Ariston. Thirty competitors performed an Italian or international hit as a duet with guest artists. Umberto Tozzi, from the group Eiffel 65 and Richard Cocciante performed with the competitors, including two-time Sanremo winner, Mahmood. The winner of the Sanremo festival is given the right to represent Italy at Eurovision 2024, which will take place in May in Sweden. In 2019, Mahmood finished in 2nd place during the Eurovision Song Contest. Angelina Mango won this year’s Sanremo Festival with her song ‘Noia’ (‘Boredom’).

Prince Albert II attends the funeral service of Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy

Prince Albert II attended Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy’s funeral at the Cathedral of Turin on 10 February. Prince Vittorio Emanuele died at the Geneva Cantonal Hospital on 3 February 2024 at the age of 86. Queen Sofía of Spain and Prince Jean of Luxembourg also attended the service. Prince Vittorio Emanuele was born on 12 February 1937 in Naples as the son of Umberto, Prince of Piedmont (who would later become the last King of Italy, Umberto II) and Princess Marie-José of Belgium. The Italian royal family was exiled from Italy when Prince Vittorio was 9 years old. He lived in Switzerland from then until his death.

Prince Albert II was the reason Emmanuel-Philibert (Prince Vittorio’s son) and his future wife, French actress Clotilde Courau met. Prince Albert II was chosen as the couple’s witness at their wedding in 2003. Prince Emmanuel-Philibert and his wife, Princess Clotilde, were guests at the wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in 2011. Last November, Prince Emmanuel-Philibert presented Prince Albert II with the supreme order of the Most Holy Annunciade in the name of his father, who was unwell. The order was the highest honorary distinction awarded by the sovereigns of Savoy.

Princess Charlene announces a Partnership with Pierre de Coubertin’s Family

Princess Charlene announced a new, charitable partnership with the widow of athlete Al Oerter and Pierre de Coubertin’s family on 13 February. During a meeting in the presence of Princess Charlene, the partnership with the Al Oerter Foundation/Art of the Olympians (AOF/AOTO) and the Pierre de Coubertin Family Association (AFPC) was finalised.

The Princess Charlene foundation announced that the three organisations will be planning various artistic and educational activities focused on sports for children in Europe and in the United States. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the creator of the International Olympic Committee and its president from 1896 to 1925. The Al Oerter Foundation/Art of the Olympians (AOF/AOTO) is directed by Cathy Oerter, widow of the American four-time Olympic Champion in the discus throw. The three foundations aim to present a first plan of activities for the opening of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Princess Caroline attends ‘Arte Povera’ Documentary Screening

Princess Caroline attended the screening of the documentary ‘Arte Povera, Notes for History’ at Riva Tunnel in Monaco. The 90-minute film, directed by Andrea Bettinetti, is about an art movement which is considered the most important contribution to post-war art in Italy. The screening was organised by the New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) for the inauguration of the ‘Pier Paolo Calzolari – Casa ideale’ exhibition.

Princely Palace lights up in Orange for Paediatric Cancer Day

The Prince’s Palace was lit up in orange to support the Flavien Foundation, a new hope, on International Paediatric Cancer Day, 15 February. Denis Maccario created the Flavien Foundation on 15 August 2014 in tribute to his son. It is the first association to fight paediatric cancers and rare diseases in the Principality of Monaco.

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