Prince Albert visits French regions and other princely news
Prince Albert visits Aisne and Ardennes
Prince Albert II visited the French regions of Aisne and Ardennes on the 2nd and 3rd of April. Because of an alliance between the future Prince Honoré IV of Monaco and Louise d’Aumont-Mazarin in 1777, The Sovereign inherited the titles Duke of Rethel-Mazarin and Prince of Castle-Porcien. On Easter Monday, the Sovereign was received at Rozoy-sur-Serre for the millennium of the Saint-Laurent collegiate church, where his ancestor Hortense Mancini, Duchess of Mazarin, is buried. On Tuesday the 3rd, Pascal Joly, the Prefect of Ardennes, Noël Bourgeois, President of the County Council and Mayor Guy Camus welcomed the Prince to Chaumont-Porcien. The Prince climbed the mountain where a chapel dedicated to Saint Berthauld is located, on the 1,500th anniversary of the Saint’s death, before receiving a very warm welcome from the public in front of the town hall.
Prince Albert visits Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste
On Friday the 6th of April, HSH Prince Albert II was a guest at Prats-de-Mollo, where Marie-Charles-Auguste Grimaldi, Count of Matignon, younger brother of the Prince Honoré III of Monaco is buried. Nearly 270 years after he passed away, a mass was concelebrated by Bernard Barsi, archbishop of Monaco, and Bishop Norbert Turini, bishop of Perpignan and Elne, in the church of Sainte-Juste-et-Sainte-Ruffine.
The Sovereign then had warm interactions with the people who were gathered on the fair, where He responded to a speech by Mayor Claude Ferrer. The visit was also an opportunity to sign a partnership agreement between the Prince Albert II Foundation and the commune, which is very committed to the energy transition, and plans on using only renewable energies by 2021.
Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline attend 5 hour Concert!
Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline attended a ‘Printemps des arts’ concert at the Oceanographic Museum. The program featured the longest quartet piece in the world, by American composer Morton Feldman, performed by the Bela Quartet. The Prince, Princess and the entire audience sat in comfortable chairs for the marathon performance.
After the first hour of music, several people discreetly headed for the exit, but Prince Albert II was still captivated. After hundreds of pages of sheet music were turned and the musicians had played for almost five hours, there were only about fifty people left in the room, including Princess Caroline. When the music stopped, the audience sprung up from their seats for a standing ovation for the musicians who accomplished an incredible feat of endurance and skill.
Prince Albert II meets Nikos Aliagas at PhotoMonaco
Prince Albert II attended a photo exhibition by Nikos Aliagas at PhotoMonaco, the 1st International Exhibition of Art Photography and Collectibles to be organized in the Principality. Under the honorary presidency of Prince Albert II, PhotoMonaco opened its doors to visitors on 5 April 2018. The International Exhibition brings together four galleries over four days.
A star guest was invited to the Quai Antoine-I exhibition hall: photographer Nikos Aliagas. He guided Prince Albert II through a tour of the black and white photographs of his exhibition entitled ‘The test of time’.
Charlotte Casiraghi attends Star-Studded Montblanc Event in New York
As an International Ambassador for Montblanc, Charlotte Casiraghi attended an event on Wednesday evening in New York City with Hugh Jackman, Chloë Sevigny and Montblanc CEO Nicolas Baretzki. Charlotte Casiraghi looked chic in an all-black outfit at the One World Observatory, where the event was held.
The evening celebrated the 26th Montblanc Writers Edition, which paid tribute to the great aviator and French author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Princess Stephanie supports Women Leaders of Monaco
HSH Princess Stephanie supported an event held by the Women leaders of Monaco association and their fight against cardiovascular disease on Thursday evening at the Yacht Club of Monaco. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, affecting one in three women. Women today are even more affected by the disease than men. In solidarity with the association, the Palace was lit up with red lights on Thursday night.