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Princely Couple hold the Olympic Torch as it passes through Monaco and other princely news

Pierre Casiraghi defends Monaco at the Béhourd Medieval Tournament!

Pierre Casiraghi dressed in heavy armour and brandished a steel weapon to defend Monaco’s colours during the Béhourd Medieval tournament on 15 June, with Prince Albert II in attendance. Teams from all over France participated in the medieval combat sport, the first stage of the French Championship, which was co-organized by the Monegasque Medieval Combat Association.

Pierre Casiraghi fought with the Grimaldi Milites, who won third place. Comtois won the tournament and the Brotherhood of Wolves won second-place. Contestants wore full body armour, wielded real weapons and were permitted to use full force. Only a few blows are prohibited in the sport because they are considered too dangerous, including hitting behind the knees or using the tip of the weapon.

Prince Albert II holds the 5th Grimaldi Historic Sites event at the Princely Palace

Prince Albert II kicked off the fifth Grimaldi Historic Sites Meeting on the Place du Palais on 15 June. This year’s event included the presence of many Italian municipalities to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the treaty of 1524 and agreements with Charles V which allowed the Principality to extend its influence over several territories in Italy.

5th Grimaldi Historic Sites Gathering
© Direction de la Communication-Frédéric Nebinger
5th Grimaldi Historic Sites Gathering
© Direction de la Communication-Frédéric Nebinger
5th Grimaldi Historic Sites Gathering
© Direction de la Communication-Frédéric Nebinger

Prince Albert II presented the mayors and representatives of the different municipalities with a commemorative two euro coin. A large crowd gathered on the square as Prince Albert II spoke in French and in Italian. The coin was also presented to several Monegasque personalities, including Thomas Brezzo, president of the National Council, Frédéric Platini, secretary general of the Monegasque Red Cross and Christine Lanzerini, general director of the François d’Assise Nicolas Barré institution.

5th Grimaldi Historic Sites Gathering
© Direction de la Communication-Frédéric Nebinger
5th Grimaldi Historic Sites Gathering
© Direction de la Communication-Frédéric Nebinger
5th Grimaldi Historic Sites Gathering
© Direction de la Communication-Frédéric Nebinger

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene shine at the 63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival

The 63rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival closed with the presentation of the Golden Nymph award at the Grimaldi Forum on 18 June. The Gathering, a British series, was a big favourite at the Festival and won three of the six available prizes. During the closing ceremony, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene also presented an honorary nymph to French director Olivier Marchal.

Princess Charlene wore a stunning jumpsuit from Lebanese luxury house Elie Saab for the glamorous event. Camille Gottlieb, Louis Ducruet, and Marie Chevallier Ducruet were also present on the closing night’s blue carpet.

Princely Couple hold the Olympic Torch as it passes through Monaco

Several thousand people watched excitedly as the Olympic torch wound its way from Port Hercule to the Place du Palais. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene held up the Olympic torch last, surrounded by Charles Leclerc, members of Team Monaco and the Princely Twins, Gabriella and Jacques. In a few short weeks, all eyes will be on the Paris Olympics, where Monegasque athletes like table tennis player Xiaoxin Yang will be competing. 

Prince Albert II has carried the Olympic torch a total of eleven times, and, according to the Sovereign, always feels the same emotion and enthusiasm. The first time the Olympic torch passed through the Principality was in 1968, a few weeks before the Grenoble Games.

Marie Ducruet is Pregnant again!

One day before the closing ceremony of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, Marie Ducruet announced that she is pregnant with her second child. Alongside Louis Ducruet, Marie showed off her baby bump on the blue carpet. The couple’s first child, Victoire was born in April 2023. At the festival, Marie looked radiant in a blue satin dress.

The announcement was made on Marie’s instagram, with a photo of baby Victoire and her head of curly hair, wearing a shirt that said, “Big Sis” and the couple’s dog with a handkerchief that said, “Oh no, not again! 2024”. The cute photo was captioned with “Pancake and Goldilocks have an announcement to make… they are expecting a new sibling member, the family is growing.”

Princess Charlene attends Water Safety Days in Corsica and Leon

Princess Charlene and her team from the Princess Charlene Foundation organized Water Safety Days in Leon for CM1 and CM2 students on 11 June, after a similar event in Corsica. The event included an introduction to rescue, first aid and role-play at Lake Leon for 140 young participants from four schools. The workshops, in the presence of Princess Charlene, were led by Stéphanie Barneix, ambassador of the Princess Charlene Foundation and world water rescue champion, as well as by her team of athletes and ambassadors: Pierre Frolla, Kevin Crovetto and Jérôme Fernandez.

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