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(VIDEOS) His Holiness Pope Francis Meets with the Prince and Princess of Monaco.

 

On Monday, January 18, 2016, His Holiness Pope Francis held an audience with Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco inside the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. 

During this morning’s brief meeting discussions focused on bilateral relations, environmental issues, the reception of refugees from the Middle East into Europe, and the historical ties as well as contributions of the Catholic Church in the daily lives within the Principality of Monaco. 

 

(VIDEOS) An Interview with TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, the Palais Princier de Monaco released a video interview with Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by their adorable little ones, HSH Hereditary Prince Jacques and HSH Princess Gabriella.

The interview, filmed on December 10, 2015, inside the Salon de Glaces at the Palais Prinicer, was directed and edited by Mr. Jérôme Revon with assistance from the Archives Audiovisuelles de Monaco.

If your French is a bit rusty, don’t fret, the video interview has subtitles.

And, finally, the Palais Princier de Monaco released Année 2015 reviewing the year 2015 with the Princely family of Monaco.

Enjoy!   :)

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Concert at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Monaco TRCOn the evening of December 17, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 2015 Année de la Russie à Monaco closing concert held inside the stunning Salle Garnier at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

TRC MonacoThe sovereign prince and the princess along with hundreds of attendees were treated to a performance by pianist, Mr. Denis Matsuev, accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Thursday’s performance was also held in celebration the 175th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Below is an video review of the Année de la Russie en Principauté de Monaco.

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives Another Award in NYC.

On the evening of December 14, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 20th Annual United Nations Correspondents Association Awards Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

During last Monday’s gala the sovereign prince received the Defender of the Year award for his lifelong dedication to protecting the marine environment as well as raising awareness about climate change.

TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Distribute Christmas Gifts.

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On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by Mr. Louis Ducruet and Miss Camille Gottlieb (children of HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco) distributed Christmas gifts to Monégasque children at the Palais Princier in Monaco-ville.

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Meets with the United Nations Secretary-General.

On December 14, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco met with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York.

During Monday’s visit the sovereign prince presented Mr. ki-moon with a painting as a gift from the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations.  The beautiful oil on canvas painting was created by Monégasque artist, Mr. Claude Rosticher.  The painting will be on display in the Conference Building at the United Nations headquarters.

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(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Monégasque Company, Ze Sentinel.

On December 9, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Ze Sentinel booth during a side event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Le Bourget, Paris, France.

The Monégasque based company has developed a chip that shows real-time analysis of an individuals vehicle system pollutants.  If that makes any sense.   :)

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 2015 Prix Fondation Prince Louis de Polignac Ceremony.

On Monday, December 7, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 2015 Prix Fondation Prince Louis de Polignac (awards ceremony) held at the Institut de France in Paris, France.

The winner of the Grand Prix de la Fondation went to French mathematician and philosopher, Mr. Olivier Rey.

The two Prix du Conseil d’Administration de la Fondation were presented to musicians and composers, Mr. Serge Kaufmann and Mr. Thomist Society.

And, finally the Médailles d’Honneur were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Freedland for their restoration of Castle Tennessus and Lady Salisbury for her restoration of Castle Saint-Clou.

(VIDEO) TSHs Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco Celebrate Their First Birthday.

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco celebrated their first birthday.

Yesterday, dozens of Monégasque as well as tourists came out to the Place d’Armes in Monte-Carlo to wish the princely twins a very happy birthday.  Besides receiving a delicious cake the princely twins along with their parents, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, were treated to a mini-concert by the Cantin d’A Roca chorale group.

(VIDEOS) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits the Bataclan in Paris, France.

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at the Bataclan Concert Hall in Paris, France, to pay his respects to the victims of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks.

Whilst at the concert hall the sovereign prince placed flowers at the makeshift memorial site as well as had a moment of silent prayer in remembrance of the innocent victims.

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Collaborates with the Famous Glenmorangie Company.

albOn December 3, 2015, the famed Scottish distillery, Glenmorangie, announced that they will collaborate with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to create a special whiskey bearing the sovereign prince’s name.  Proceeds from the sale of the whiskey will be donated to various environmental causes.

Per a press release:

“The rare, single-cask whisky, bottled in his honour, will support environmental conservation, a cause dear to the Prince and echoed by Glenmorangie and La Maison D’Ecosse.

In June, His Serene Highness Prince Albert visited Glenmorangie’s Highland home, to explore the unseen lengths to which Glenmorangie goes in the creation of its unnecessarily well-made whisky. There, on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, the Prince – a renowned connoisseur of single malts – selected a single cask, with the guidance of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation.

Dr Bill said, ‘The beautiful, pale gold whisky we chose was matured in an ex-bourbon cask for 12 years. Reflecting nature’s gifts in its notes of heather, honey, bananas, peaches and lime, the bottling epitomises the Prince and Glenmorangie’s combined passion for single malt and the natural world.’

Adorned with the coat of arms of the Prince’s House of Grimaldi, just 180 bottles will be created. The first two will be auctioned at the Monte Carlo Whisky Society’s annual festival in December, to raise money for the Prince’s environmental charity, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and for Glenmorangie’s partner, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The remaining bottles will be used to support the ongoing work of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco said, ‘I have a deep-rooted connection to Scotland through my Scottish great-great grandmother and during a recent visit to the Glemorangie Distillery, was delighted to select a rare single cask to be bottled in aid of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which promotes sustainable development and protection of the environment. I am delighted that Glenmorangie also shares a similar commitment.’”

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Witnesses the Launch of the Eco Explorers Society.

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On Monday, December 7, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco witnessed the partnership launch between the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the Monaco-based association, Eco Explorers Society (EES).

The purpose of the EES, established by Mr. Gildo Pallanca Pastor, Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Mr. Raphaël Domjanis, is to implement innovative sustainable development projects in exploration of air, land, and water.  The overall goal is to preserve the goods and services produced by the sustainable management of these ecosystems and the creation of economic wealth for the people inhabiting these spaces.

fpatrc2As pioneers in eco-adventure the trio have each launched some of the most innovative and important projects in recent history in regards to clean and sustainable mobility. Mr. Pastor has successfully engineered the world’s fastest fuel cell and electric vehicles with his renowned VBB program, Venturi.  Dr. Piccard is the initiator and Pilot of Solar Impulse aiming at accomplishing the first solar flight around the world to promote the use of clean technologies.  Mr. Domjan is the founder and expedition leader of Planet Solar, the first around the world powered by solar energy, it was with a boat.

These three prototypes made for extreme conditions are helping to develop new technologies in sustainable energy use including capture, transformation, efficient consumption management and storage.

The real world testing of these projects develops the most efficient systems to face the most demanding of applications.  All three eco-adventurers have run a part of their projects in the Principality of Monaco with the support of the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco.

fpatrc3These four major players in the field of sustainable development and mobility join forces to create the Eco Explorers Society in order to continue to discover and develop efficient and multifaceted solutions in engineering systems within the realm of sustainable mobility.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives the Médaille de Commandeur du Mérite Maritime.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 8, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was presented with the Médaille de Commandeur du Mérite Maritime from the President of France, Mr. François Hollande, during a private ceremony held at the Palais de L’Elysée in Paris, France.

The sovereign prince received the award for his passion for and dedication to protecting the marine environment around the world.

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