Monaco participates in One Planet Summit
At the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, accompanied by a delegation, took part in the One Planet Summit in Paris on 12 December 2017. The Summit’s objective was to consider innovative ways to support and accelerate the fight against climate change. The event featured more than 50 speakers, including NGOs, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, local stakeholders and scientists. Taking part in four round tables, they sought to identify and implement concrete solutions, and to mobilise public and private financial resources, including in the most vulnerable countries.
It was in this context that H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince spoke alongside Allen Michael Chastanet, António Guterres, Richard Branson, Frank Bainimarama and Pravind Kumar Jugnautha on the theme Increasing financing for adaptation and resilience. His speech focused primarily on the oceans, marine protected areas, coastal ecosystems, fisheries and protection of the high seas.
Prince Albert II aboard the Energy Observer Vessel
Prince Albert II and adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who are both committed to the protection of the planet and the oceans, boarded the Energy Observer vessel for a tour. The vessel recently began its innovative journey around the world using only renewable energies. The vessel will make its way through 50 countries, 101 stopovers, over six years.
Before boarding the vessel, Prince Albert suggested a collaboration between the Energy Observer and the Yersin, an environmentally friendly scientific vessel on a mission to reconnect humanity with the sea. It would indeed be a perfect match.
Supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the vessel uses only wind, hydrogen and solar energy. The Energy Observer traveled 4,000 miles before stopping in Monaco. The Principality is the vessel’s twelfth and final stop on its ‘tour de France’ because of Monaco’s commitment to the planet and renewable energy.
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert gave Christmas gifts to the elderly
Tuesday afternoon, Prince Albert and his wife Princess Charlene visited two nursing homes and gave gifts to the elderly. The Prince Couple visited Cap-Fleuri and Cap-d’Ail nursing homes together with volunteers of Monegasque Red Cross to share moments of togetherness and intimacy with the elderly. The photos of the twins and bathrobes were given as gifts to the elderly. Girls of Fémina Sport School who will represent Monaco at World Gymnastics Championship made an artistic gymnastics show.
Christmas at the Prince’s Palace
On Wednesday the 20th of December, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene welcomed young Monegasques for Christmas at the Prince’s Palace. There was a traditional dance performance in the Palace’s court before a photo was taken of the Princely Family with the children and Mickey and Minnie mouse. Even Santa was there to greet the 500 young guests, aged 5 to 12, who then attended a magic show in the Throne Room before afternoon tea was served. They received Christmas gifts from the hands of the Princely Couple and Camille and Louis, Princess Stephanie’s children.
2017 Christmas Greeting Card of Monaco Princely Family
The Monaco Princely palace published 2017 Christmas greeting card showing Prince Albert and Princess Charlene and their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Within the card the Princely Family send their best wishes: “At the dawn of this New Year 2018, we send you and your loved ones our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas filled with joy, health and happiness”. (Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz).
Princess Stephanie visits elderly at Hector Otto Foundation
On December 18, 2017, Princess Stephanie of Monaco visited the Bellando de Castro and Residence Giaume homes, as part of the Christmas programme of the Hector Otto Foundation in Monaco.