Prince Albert II launches TV Monaco with a Live Broadcast
Monaco’s new national public TV channel was officially launched by Prince Albert II on Friday 1 September. A launch party was held in the Salon d’Honneur du Stade Louis-II where guests were able to witness the channel’s first broadcast.
At 7:22 p.m. (seven minutes behind schedule) TV Monaco became the first Monegasque national public channel and joined the TV5 Monde network. From the network’s control room, accompanied by Princess Charlene who wished TV Monaco “good luck”, the Sovereign kicked things off with a brief speech.
“The launch of a channel is always a very important moment. My father had launched TV Monte-Carlo in 1954, so it is for me a great pride, a great joy and emotion to be here to launch this beautiful adventure that will make the Principality shine throughout the world,” said Prince Albert II.
Two years of hard work led to the new 1,300m2 headquarters in Fontvieille, which shone with its beautifully sculpted set reminiscent of the sea’s waves. On TV Monaco’s agenda is 1,800 hours of purchased programs and about 100 hours of programs that have been recently produced in-house. The channel will be covering a wide range of topics including the environment, national and international news, sports events and cultural highlights in Monaco and across the Riviera.
The Princely Family’s Holiday in Corsica
The summer holidays are over and the Princely family is returning from a relaxing vacation in Corsica. Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques ventured to the south of France for a sun-drenched vacation on the water.
The happy family was spotted paddle boarding together and enjoying a trip on a yacht. The next big excursion on the agenda for Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene is a trip to South Africa on 15 September for the first Water Bike Challenge on African soil. Sports stars and celebrities will come together at the boma braai, to have fun and help raise funds for ‘Life Saving South Africa’.
Princess Gabriella attends Pétanque Tournament with her Dad
Princess Gabriella attended an international pétanque tournament, which bears her name, with Prince Albert II on Sunday 3 September. The pair looked dashing in white outfits during the 2nd International Women’s Pétanque Tournament in the Boulodrome Rainier III. 76 teams (including 9 Monegasque teams) competed for a chance to win the cup. Prince Albert II is a skilled pétanque player and won the Masters de pétanque trophy in 2013. The 5th International Hereditary Prince Jacques Tournament of Pétanque will be taking on 7 and 8 October.
Picasso at the Prince’s Palace
The “Pablo Picasso & l’Antiquité” exhibition will be held at the Princely Palace from 16 September to 15 October. The exhibition explores how Picasso reinvented the legacy of classical antiquity by depicting some of the greatest classical themes in his work.
In 1917, Picasso was inspired when he visited the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the ancient cities of Naples and Rome. This exhibition demonstrates how Picasso’s privileged encounter with Greco-Roman archaeological sites enabled him to make references to ancient Greece and Rome by adopting classically inspired styles and depicting mythological scenes. The exhibition explores the themes of ruin, decline, resilience and renewal and is part of the worldwide “Picasso Celebration 1973-2023” marking the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death.
Organized alongside recently restored 16th century frescoes, the exhibition focuses on selections from the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (FABA) collection, as well as a painting from the Nahmad collection.