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The Princely Couple of Monaco Attend the 73rd Edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco.

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by Mr. Andrea Casiraghi, Mr. Pierre Casiraghi, and members of the Monégasque government attended the 73rd Edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco.

The princely couple along with thousands of Formula One fans cheered as German-born, Monégasque resident, Mr. Nico Rosberg, won the Grand Prix de Monaco for the second time. Coming in second place was Mr. Sebastian Vettel with Mr. Lewis Hamilton coming in at a disappointing third place.

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On Saturday evening, May 23, 2015, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene hosted a reception at the Palais Princier for VIPS attending the famous Grand Prix de Monaco as well as Formula One drivers participating in the legendary race.

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Photos courtesy of Getty Images/B. Horvart and the Palais Princier

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Meets with Mr. Nico Rosberg.

Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco sat down for an informal meeting with Formula One race car driver, Mr. Nico Rosberg, at the  Palais Princier gardens ahead of the 73rd Edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco.

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Charity Football Match.

On Tuesday, may 19, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 22nd World Stars Charity Football Match between A.S. Star Team MC and Formula One Drivers held at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.

The Star Team for Children raises money for Monaco charities that helps disadvantaged children around the world.

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The Film, Royal Ice, Finally Has a Director… and He’s a Good One!

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Legendary writer, producer, and director, Mr. Garry Marshall, is set to direct the upcoming film about Monaco’s first ever Olympic bobslegih team entitled, Royal Ice.  Mr. Marshall’s credits include Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries (including the sequel), BeachesHappy Days, and of course the mega-hit television show, Joanie Loves Chachi.

Anyway, Royal Ice, originally written in collaboration with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Mr. Marc Thomas, will have rewrites by Mr. Marshall.  Production is expected to begin sometime in November 2015.

In an interview with trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Sergei Bespalov, Co-CEO of Aldamisa Entertainment which will produce the film, Royal Ice, notes that the story is an:

“…entertaining adventure about teamwork, big dreams and courage, featuring thrilling footage of the sport of bobsledding, as well as a great love story with some close-up looks at the world of Monaco’s royal princely family. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Prince of Monaco and Garry Marshall on the same project…”

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives an Award in Washington, D.C.

On the evening of Thursday, May 14, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 8th Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.

Named after the late Mr. Peter Benchley, author of the book Jaws and ocean activist, the awards are:

“…are unique in acknowledging outstanding achievement across many sectors of society leading to the protection of our ocean, coasts and the communities that depend on them. 

The awards also celebrates the life and legacy of a man (the late Mr. Peter Benchley) who spent more than 40 years educating the public and expanding awareness of the importance of protecting sharks and ocean ecosystems.

At the heart of every great non-profit, every policy initiative, and every activist success story, are the tireless efforts of extraordinary individuals —marine scientists, policy makers, photo journalists, explorers and activists— who have committed their lives to working on important ocean issues. To date fifty-five Benchley Ocean Award honorees have been recognized for excellence and achievement across many ocean conservation disciplines.

We are deeply grateful that the larger marine community sees the awards as an important factor in bringing world leaders, scientists, and policy makers together to elevate marine conservation on the global agenda and move it forward. It is a humbling testament that they refer to the Benchley Awards as the ‘Academy Awards for the Ocean’.”

During last evening’s ceremony Prince Albert II received the Award for Excellence in National Stewardship for his role in supporting scientific research expeditions and high level collaborations around the important issues of overfishing and climate change.

Earlier in the day, the sovereign prince participated in the panel discussion entitled, The Ocean in 2050, held at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Inauguration of a New Exhibit.

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Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the inauguration of Cartier’s Prince Rainier III exhibition at Cartier Monaco.  The exhibition showcases the special longtime relationship between the famous jewelry house and the Princely family.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier

Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Participates in a Meeting in Paris.

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On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover participated in a meeting with members of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco at the Grand Véfour in Paris.  The purpose of yesterday’s meeting was to establish the list of nominees for the 2015 Prix Littéraire (Literary Prize).  The prestigious prize honors “…renowned French writers…”  

The nominees are:  Mr. Henri Lopes, Ms. Amélie Nothomb,Ms. Chantal Thomas, Mr. Fred Vargas, and Ms. Anne Wiazemsky.

Photo courtesy of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco

(VIDEO) News Regarding His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

On May 9, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 1st Annual Monaco ePrix in Monte-Carlo.  The Monaco ePrix is a:

“…new FIA Championship, which showcases electrical-energy innovations in a racing environment and designed to appeal to a new generation of Motorsport fans. It aims to accelerate the electric vehicle market and to promote sustainability.

Commencing in Beijing in September 2014, the Championship will compete in the heart of ten of the world’s leading cities, racing around their iconic landmarks. Ten Teams, each with two Drivers, will go head-to-head in electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. to challenge for the Drivers and Team Championships.”

 

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Inaugurates the New IAAF Headquarters.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco inaugurated the new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) along the Quai Antoine 1er on Port Hercule.

In a press release IAAF President, Mr. Lamine Diack, noted that the new headquarters is an:

“…especially proud moment for the IAAF to move into a specifically designed office space on the quay of Monaco’s world famous port.  On behalf of the IAAF Council and all the staff, I would like to thank Prince Albert and the Principality of Monaco for providing us with this stunning location. Ever since our association’s move to Monaco in 1994 we have greatly appreciated the warmth of your welcome and hospitality.  The IAAF feels very much at home in Monaco and looks forward to enjoying many more productive years in residence in the heart of the capital of world athletics.”

Meanwhile, the sovereign prince was also proud of the IAAF and their new building noting:

“…Monaco has been the home of world athletics ever since my father Prince Rainier III warmly welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to the Principality in 1994.  Since the beginning, Monaco has embraced athletics with our annual meeting Herculis evolving in the IAAF’s competition calendar from Grand Prix to Super Grand Prix status – in 2004 and 2005 hosting the World Athletics Final – to being a member of the IAAF Diamond League series, today’s premier invitational circuit of athletics.

As Honorary President of the International Athletics Foundation, President of the Monegasque Athletics Federation and as an IOC member, I am especially pleased that the Olympics’ number one sport has flourished during its time in Monaco. I fervently hope that newly housed in these impressive offices the long standing relationship between Monaco and the IAAF will continue to prosper.”

(VIDEOS) HSH Hereditary Prince Jacques and HSH Princess Gabriella of Monaco Have Been Baptized.

On the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier of Monaco, Marquis of Baux and Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, Countess of Carladès, were baptized (in the Roman Catholic faith) during obligatory Sunday Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco. The baptism was presided over by Archbishop Bernard Barsi.  The godparents for HSH Hereditary Prince Jacques are:  Mr. Christopher LeVine, Jr. and Mrs. Diane de Polignac Nigra.  For HSH Princess Gabriella the godparents are: Mr. Gareth Wittstock and Mrs. Nerine Pienaar.

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Guests in attendance included Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Mr. Andrea Casiraghi, Mr. Pierre Casiraghi and his beautiful fiancée, Miss Beatrice Borromeo, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Mr. Louis Ducruet, Miss Pauline Ducruet, Miss Camille Gottlieb, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter, Miss Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, Mrs. Donatella Knecht de Massy (Princess Charlene’s Maid of Honor), Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wittstock, Mr. Sean Wittstock and his lovely wife, Chantel, Ms. Roisin Galvin (fiancée of Mr. Gareth Wittstock), Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher LeVine, TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Castro, Danish designer Ms. Isabella Christensen, Monégasque free-diver Mr. Pierre Frolla, numerous Monégasque government officials, and friends of Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

11219156_1030207540325118_3071571249429816677_nAfter the Mass and baptism, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene met with well-wishers along the Rue Bellando de Castro on the way to the Palais.  Once inside the Palais Princier the princely couple along with their precious little ones — Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella — their godparents made their way into the Salon des Glaces, where Hereditary Prince Jacques received the Grand-Croix dans l’Ordre de Grimaldi and Princess Gabriella received the Grand Officier dans l’Ordre de Grimaldi.  While the godparents of Prince Jacques were named the Officers of the Ordre de Saint-Charles and the godparents of Princess Gabriella were named Officers of the Ordre de Grimaldi.

And, with that, warmest congrats as well as many blessings to Their Serene Highnesses and their sweet little ones!

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News Regarding His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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On Friday, May 8, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the first meeting of the year with the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco Board of Directors in Monte-Carlo.

During this afternoon’s meeting members:

“…approved the 2014 financial statements of the Foundation. Since its creation in 2006, the Foundation has supported 341 projects.  10 new projects within the three areas of the Foundation’s priority actions were submitted to the Board of Directors for approval, among them  WCRP Polar Challenge project, Chimpanzees and men: Research and protection of tropical biodiversity, and Seahorses implementation project in the Marine Reserve of Larvotto…”

fpa2The sovereign prince also witnessed the signing of a partnership between the American branch of the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and Amherst College (the sovereign prince is an Alumni of this prestigious university).

And, finally, on May 7, 2015, Prince Albert II lent his support to French yachtsman, Mr. Alain Thébault:

“…a pioneer in boats that fly and alongside Eric Tabarly the instigator of the Hydroptère, who is currently on standby in Los Angeles to attempt a record-breaking Pacific crossing.

A special encounter is set to take place in Hawaii between Mr. Bertrand Piccard and Mr. Alain Thébault, one driven by the wind, the other by the sun, but both promoting the same message: ‘Use Clean Energy’. Support given to Alain and his crew by the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco will enable them to leave for Hawaii as quickly as possible so that they can join forces with Solar Impulse to deliver the same message. One parameter remains uncertain: a debris field resulting from the tsunami, a stretch the size of Texas which the crew need to sail along on the edge of a high-pressure area before reaching their friends from Solar Impulse in Hawaii.

A film will be produced to denounce the pollution of this ocean, sadly strewn with waste and other plastics, in conjunction with the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute that are working in Monaco and France on these issues which will have an impact on future generations.”

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The Princely Twins of Monaco will be Baptized This Sunday.

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This morning the Palais Princier de Monaco released their final information regarding the upcoming baptism of the Princely twins of Monaco.

The baptism will take place on May 10, 2015, at 10:30AM at the beautiful Cathédrale de Monaco during obligatory Sunday Mass with Archbishop Bernard Barsi presiding.

The godparents of the Princely twins will come as no surprise to longtime royal watchers and supporters of the Monégasque Princely family.  So who are the godparents?  For His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier of Monaco the godparents are Mr. Christopher LeVine, Jr. and Ms. Diane de Polignac Nigra.  For Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco the godparents are Mr. Gareth Wittstock (younger brother of Princess Charlene) and Ms. Nerine Pienaar (longtime and close friend of Princess Charlene from lovely South Africa).

After Mass, the Princely family will proceed from the Cathédrale de Monaco, along the Rue Bellando de Castro, to the Palais Princier.  During that time the people of Monaco as well as tourists will be able to catch a glimpse of the family as well as send them their well wishes.

Once the Princely family have arrived at the Palais there will be a “…decoration ceremony held inside the Salon des Glaces…” according to the press release.  His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Jaques and his godparents will receive the Ordre de Saint-Charles while Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella and her godparents will receive the Ordre de Grimaldi.

If you are interested in watching the baptism of the Princely twins live you may do so via the links below.  Don’t forget the Mass begins at 10:30AM Monaco time!   :)

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(VIDEO) News Regarding His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

On April 30, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Cirque Éloize in Montreal, Canada, to view their new show entitled, Monaco ou les amants du Rocher.  The show, directed by Ms. Krista Monson, features “… thirty acrobats and dancers in a magnificent set reflecting the country’s [Monaco] most beautiful symbols…” according to a press release.

During last Thursday’s visit the sovereign prince noted that he was very happy with the show in which he stated:

“…’From the start, I was attracted to the idea of ​​conveying the history and values ​​of the Principality as a modern-day romantic tale. Monaco ou les amants du Rocher is the epic of François who arrives in the country and is transformed after meeting the lovely Agnes. It’s an expansive love story that unfolds with Monaco as its backdrop and its inspiration…”

Monaco ou les amants du Rocher will premiere on October 1, 2015, at the Zénith in Paris, France.