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Princely Family at Monaco’s National Day and Gifts to Retirees at the Monaco Red Cross

The entire Princely family came out to celebrate a very special National Day, which paid homage to the centenary of Prince Rainier’s birth

Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella waved from the Palace’s balcony. Prince Albert II and Hereditary Prince Jacques were dressed in military regalia.

National Day 2023
Prince Albert II
National Day 2023
Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella

Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, Charlotte Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra, Beatrice Borromeo, Pierre Casiraghi, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Andrea Casiraghi, Louis Ducruet and Marie Chevallier also attended a Te Deum service at the Cathedral. Prince Rainier III is buried in Monaco’s Cathedral.

Princess Caroline, Charlotte Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra, Pierrre Casiraghi, Tatiana Santo, Andrea Casiraghi
Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierrre Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi
National Day 2023
Princess Stephanie, Louis Ducruet and Marie Chevallier
National Day 2023
Princess Stephanie, Andrea Casiraghi, Louis Ducruet and Pauline Ducruet
National Day 2023
Princess Caroline, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Andrea Casiraghi
National Day 2023
Beatrice Borromeo and Pierrre Casiraghi


After the service, a military parade on the Place du Palais Princier. featured ‘La Nouba’ group, who performed traditional Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian melodies in honour of Prince Rainier’s time in the French Army with the 7th Algerian Tirailleurs Regiment.

Princely Family pays tribute to author Colette on the 150th anniversary of her Birth

In the presence of the Princely family, French author Colette was celebrated with the opening of an exhibition at the Théâtre des Variétés. Best known in the English-speaking world for her 1944 novella ‘Gigi’, Colette’s 150th birthday was commemorated with a speech by academician Antoine Compagnon.

The author frequently visited Monaco and famously attended the Prix Prince Pierre at the Hotel de Paris in 1954. The Principality’s tribute to the author runs until 25 November in the foyer of the Théâtre des Variétés with an exhibition of photographs from the archives of the Prince’s Palace and the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco illustrating Colette’s friendship with Prince Pierre and Prince Rainier III.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene inaugurate two of the Palace’s Cannons at Fort Antoine

Two 65 mm model 1881 cannons were inaugurated by the Sovereign Prince and Princess Charlene at Fort Antoine on 15 November. The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of the Princess of Hanover, Princess Stephanie and Louis Ducruet.

The two older cannons were replaced when they became obsolete because manufactured ammunition was no longer available. The replacement cannons had been in service within the Prince’s Carabinieri Corps from 1890 to 1926 and were displayed at the Princes’ Museum. After more than three years of technical tests, the two cannons, which date from 1881, were put back into working order with current ammunition.

Prince Albert II inaugurates the British School of Monaco

A private English school based at Le Méridien in Fontvieille was officially inaugurated by the Sovereign and several officials from the Principality. Opened last year, the school currently welcomes 35 students. A commemorative plaque was unveiled during the inauguration. Prince Albert II was presented with caps and watches bearing an image of the establishment, made for the princely twins.

The school offers six level classes, from Year 1 to Year 6, each with a maximum capacity of 16 students. The teaching team is made up of six teachers and assistants. Tuition at the school is 35,000 euros per year. 

Prince Albert II speaks at the One Polar Summit organized by President Macron

During the One Polar Summit, organized by President Macron at the National Museum of Natural History, Prince Albert II passionately asked the world to get behind scientists and act now.

The Prince spoke about how half of the glaciers on this planet will probably no longer exist at the end of this century and how the public can no longer ignore this. He called for an urgent and complete decarbonization of our economies in the hopes of preserving our most threatened ecosystems. At the end of the Summit, the President of France launched the Paris Appeal, with one billion euros invested in polar research, including the renovation of two scientific stations located in Antarctica. 

Princely Couple gives out Gourmet Gifts to Retirees at the Monaco Red Cross

Every National Day, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene give out gourmet packages to retirees at the Monaco Red Cross. This year, the princely couple gave out over one hundred gifts. Camille Gottlieb, member of the institution’s board of directors, was also in attendance. 

The gifts are offered to residents of the Principality with the lowest pensions. Inside each package was Monaco focaccia, chocolate pretzels, aperitif products, a ready-made meal, a bottle of beer, fruit juices and vegetables. Elderly people from neighbouring communities were also given gifts. This year, 390 packages were delivered to Beausoleil, Cap-d’Ail, La Turbie and Peille.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene present Medals to Blood Donors

For Monaco’s National Day, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene presented the National Blood Merit Medal to Monegasque citizens in recognition of their dedication to donating blood, on 18 November on the Palace’s Cour d’Honneur. The medal was created on 30 July 1993 by Prince Rainier III.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene present Sports Medals

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene presented the medals of Physical Education and Sports at Louis II Stadium on 17 November, for Monaco’s National Day. Since 1939, the Medals honour and reward personalities who participate in the development of Sport in the Principality of Monaco.

Over €300,000 raised at the 24th No Finish Line

After 183 hours of racing, the 2023 No Finish Line came to a close in the presence of Government and the National Council representatives on Monaco’s National Day.

10,428 people participated in 8 days (10,000 in 2022); 315,561 km were traveled (+ 63,791km compared to 2022) and 315,561 euros will be donated to finance twenty projects for sick or disadvantaged children. The Prince’s Cup was awarded to Daniele Juan Alimonti with 927 km travelled.

No Finish Line
Prince Albert II – NFL 2023 @ André Faure
No Finish Line
NFL 2023 @ André Faure

Princess Caroline presents the Order of Cultural Merit

The Princess of Hanover presented distinctions for the Order of Cultural Merit in the Blue Room of the Prince’s Palace on 18 November, to celebrate National Day. This distinction rewards people who have participated in the development of the arts, letters and sciences in Monaco or abroad.

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