Women’s Day in Monaco: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II unveil Collective Artwork
A highlight of International Women’s Day in Monaco was when Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II unveiled a collective work of art. Spearheaded by street artist Mr One Teas, the piece was produced with contributions from 100 children in the Principality as well as several Monegasque personalities. Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella also contributed to the painting.
The unveiling ceremony took place at the Espace Saint Antoine in the presence of the children who worked on the creation. On the theme “Women and sport seen through the prism of the new generation”, the work portrays the face of Alice Millat, a pioneer of women’s sport, who created and participated in the first women’s Olympics organized in 1921 in Monaco. She lobbied for the inclusion of women’s events in the Olympic Games and believed that sport developed personalities and gave young women confidence. The women’s Olympics in Monaco was supported by Prince Albert I.
Princess Charlene chairs “Women and Sport” Lunch
On International Women’s Day, Princess Charlene chaired the Women and Sport lunch at HE Pierre Dartout’s residence. Young Monegasque sportswomen gathered around the Princess and the Minister of State. During the lunch, Pierre Dartout spoke about the Principality’s defense of women’s rights and paid tribute to women around the world who are fighting for their rights, sometimes at the cost of their lives. He referred in particular to women in Afghanistan, Iran and Ukraine.
Princely Couple awards Women in Monaco for their Commitment to Equality
Three women in Monaco were awarded at the National Council for their commitment to equality: Chantal Ravera, Caroline Rougaignon-Vernin and Valérie Campora-Lucas. The awards ceremony took place on International Women’s Day in the presences of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, who each presented one of the awards.
Chantal Ravera received her award from President Brigitte Boccone-Pages for her work as President of the Femmes Leaders Mondiales Monaco Association and her support in researching Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease. Caroline Rougaignon-Vernin received her award from Princess Charlene for her service as National Counsellor from 2013 to 2018 and as President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. Valérie Campora-Lucas received her award from Prince Albert II for her unwavering commitment to victims of sexual and domestic violence as leader of the Association of Victims of Criminal Offences (AVIP).
“Studio Caroline” inaugurated at Princess Grace Academy
The new “Studio Caroline” in the Princess Grace Academy was officially inaugurated by Prince Albert II and the Princess of Hanover. Dreamed up in 2011 and completed in 2023, the complex project is an ode to Princess Caroline’s deep passion for dance, as acting president of the Academy. The new studio has an area of 185m2 and is complete with bathrooms, changing rooms, technical rooms and storage spaces. The studio also features arches which are reminiscent of the facade of the Academy.
Prince Albert II makes Historical visit to Ollioules
Prince Albert II retraced his family history and visited Ollioules, “the city of flowers and olive trees” on Friday 10 March.
Early in the morning, the Sovereign Prince was welcomed by Mayor Robert Beneventi and the prefect of Var, Evence Richard, before unveiling a “Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco” sign. The Prince and his delegation then walked to Saint-Laurent Church to attend a short ceremony in memory of Charles Grimaldi of Antibes-Cagnes, Bishop of Rodez, who was buried there in 1770. His restored funeral plaque was then unveiled.
The Sovereign continued then visited “Le Château” primary school. Surrounded by the mayor, local authorities, the headmistress of the school and the pupils, the Sovereign unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit. In the 18th century, the school was the residence of a Grimaldi who served as a squadron commander in the Navy at Toulon and was the brother of the Bishop of Rodez. After a meeting in the Town Hall with the city’s elected officials, the Prince received an honorary citizenship to the commune on Place Marius Trotobas in front of a gathered crowd.