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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Winter Youth Olympic Games Athletes Presentation

On January 9, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte-Carlo to attend the presentation of athletes who will participate in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

This event begins on January 13 – 22, 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria with athletes from around the world participating.  In a statement, Prince Albert II noted how incredibly proud he is that several athletes from Monaco will participate in the 2012 YOG’s:

In line with the first Summer Youth Olympic Games, I am pleased and proud that the Principality of Monaco can once again take part in this important event.

Beyond the sporting aspect with high-level competitions, the Winter Youth Olympics will teach young people the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, respect for others and social values such as the environment.

A rich cultural and educational program, innovative feature will allow these young people also addressed a number of important issues such as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the dangers of doping and their roles as ambassadors of sport in their respective communities.

This is one of the major strengths of this exciting project YOG, where it is mostly about learning and sharing.

I would hope that Bryan Pelassy, Alpine Skiing, Rudy Rinaldi and Jeremy Torre, Bobsleigh, can enjoy this unforgettable experience full and exciting. I wish them to build fully on what they learn in the YOG, to continue to develop this spirit of joy and self-transcendence, to continue their training and competition in the future.

For more information about the Winter Youth Olympic Games please visit their official website here.
Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Delivers His New Year Speech (VIDEOS)

On December 31, 2011, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco delivered his New Year speech from the Palais Princier de Monaco.  The Sovereign Prince spoke about tolerance, the world economic crisis, and Princess Charlene.  Here is what he had to say:

This past year has certainly been exceptional for Princess Charlene and myself. On the occasion of our marriage, we witnessed the strong union between the community and our family of Monaco.

Tonight I am here to express, on behalf of us both, our hope that each of you, I remember this shared joy.

While around us, several countries are or are marked by a financial crisis, severe economic and social, the dynamism of the Principality allows us to resist.In this delicate situation, particularly wise management of public finances is necessary to integrate the constraints on us, while preserving our social model and our growth prospects. That is why we must make balanced choices, reasonable and fair.

Do not lose sight of that in situations of economic crisis that the urgency of solidarity is strongest to protect against stress. The holiday season is a special time of reunion for families and between generations.

These periods also sensitizes us to the values of tolerance, respect for others and cultural diversity. It is my wish that Monaco remains a model of “living together” based on a common set of values.

Tonight, my thoughts especially go to our community experienced the death, illness or loneliness. I also want to provide my warm encouragement to our young people who embody the future. We believe in their imagination, their ideals, their will, their capacity for hard work and generosity.

Women and men who work, invest or choose to live among us, I hope that their contribution to our country brings them, in turn, an authentic personal development.

To one and all, in the Principality or who are away but remaining near in heart, I say again with confidence: “Happy New Year!”

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Photo courtesy of Monaco Matin

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: A New Interview

Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco spoke with Rob and Pete from Riviera Radio regarding the events from this past year, and much more.  Click the link below and push play to listen to the interview.

An Interview with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates in the Traditional Christmas Bath (VIDEO)

On Larvotto Beach this cold Sunday morning, December 18, 2011, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, along with 200 brave men and women, participated in the traditional Christmas Bath.  Before jumping into the freezing Mediterranean sea the  gutsy participates pumped themselves up by listening to traditional Tahitian Pahus (drums) and chanting.  Soon, the Sovereign Prince joined the excited participants on the beach where he mingled with them as well as posed for photos.  Then they were off… throwing themselves into the 14* water and had one hellva time!

Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos:

Photo courtesy of Premiere France

Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco Forms Partnership with the American Museum of Natural History

The Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco and its US chapter have teamed up with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History to support the Museum’s conservation efforts in the biologically rich and diverse Solomon Islands. To mark this collaborative partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them has been signed.

The MoU underscores the mutual missions and goals of the two organizations and agreement to the co-ordination of future projects, knowledge-sharing, and fund-raising activities and events. Under this two year, renewable agreement, the Foundation and the Museum will each appoint a representative to a coordination committee to oversee joint activities.To kick-off the alliance, the Foundation’s US chapter will grant funding for the implementation of the Museum’s project for integrating community-driven protected areas and biodiversity research to strengthen conservation gains across the Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands lie at a crossroads, separating the rich continents of Australasia and the isolated islands of a sprawling Pacific.  Few oceanic archipelagos support a greater proportion of the Earth’s living diversity, or a richer array of human ways of life and languages. The Solomons’ biological and cultural wealth is imminently threatened by poorly regulated large-scale resource extraction. The Museum partners directly with customary landholding communities to counteract these threats through protected area initiatives based upon Community Conservation Agreements (CCAs) that stipulate partnerships providing educational and livelihood benefits for landholding groups in return for community-driven biodiversity conservation.

In this project, with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, CCA initiatives will be strengthened at two focal sites that provide a model for conserving biodiversity and essential connectivity to customary land within the largely subsistence-based economies of the Solomons. These CCA partnerships also provide opportunity for ongoing Museum research programs to function as broader community outreach mechanisms. In the latter stages of this project, the Museum will leverage collaborative research within areas of key biodiversity significance to expose people across the Solomons to community governance and conservation gains at the project’s two most well-established sites. Ultimately, the project’s goals are to: 1) strengthen existing protected areas initiatives, and 2) increase indigenous capacity to achieve meaningful community-driven biodiversity conservation at priority sites across the Solomons.

“The American Museum of Natural History is proud to partner with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its US chapter in supporting conservation efforts in the Solomon Islands, where the Museum has worked for many years,” said Ellen V. Futter, President of the Museum. “This agreement will further the mission of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation to mitigate critical threats to global biological and cultural diversity, while bringing scientific research to bear on policy and community-building efforts around the world.”

“The biodiversity and living systems of the Solomons provide cultural and physical sustenance to its people and serve as a critical natural laboratory for global scientific research,” said Dr. Eleanor Sterling, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. “Conserving these systems will take a major step forward as a result of our partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Working together with the Foundation to forge Community Conservation Agreements assists our efforts to partner directly with indigenous people working to implement resource management strategies. The incentive for landholding groups to achieve their development and livelihood goals is provided, and balanced in exchange for the delivery of community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.”

“With similar missions and matching goals, there is a remarkable synergy between the Museum and the Prince’s Foundation and both these distinguished organizations are committed to using our complementary resources and mutual compatibility to benefit the people and the threatened biodiversity on the Solomon Islands,” said Maguy Maccario, consul general of Monaco and vice president of the Foundation’s US chapter, on whose initiative the MoU was signed.

To learn more about Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco as well as the American Museum of Natural History please click the links below:

Source: PR Newswire press release.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Conference at the Musée Océanographique

On December 14, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Antarctica: 1911-2011 environmental conference held at the Musée Océanographique in Monaco.  The purpose of the conference was to discuss various environmental issues and the technological developments; moreover, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, successful trek to the South Pole.

 To learn more about Mr. Amundsen please click here.

Sources and photo courtesy of: FPA2 and Palais Princier de Monaco

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Participate in L’arbre de Noël at the Palais Princier (VIDEO)

On December 14, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco participate in L’arbre de Noël at the Palais Princier de Monaco.

“It is a tradition that the Monégasque children are invited to the Palais…” for a Christmas party where loads of gifts are presents and lots of delicious treats are, well, eaten.    :)

To watch a video as well as to view photos please click the links below:

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Distributes Gifts. Plus, News Regarding H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover.

After a successful trip to South Africa last week, H.S.H. Prince Albert II is back home in Monaco and busy as ever.  On December 12, 2011, the prince made a trip to Residence Cap Fleuri where he distributed a myriad of gifts to the residents for Noel Croix Rouge.  

Meanwhile, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover was in Passau, Germany where she attended the Menschen in Europa Charity Award held at the Media Centre Passau.  During the event the beautiful princess gave a ceremonial address regarding her social commitment to the World Association of Children’s Friends (Amade Mondiale).

To view photos please click here and here.

To learn more about Menschen in Europa please click here.

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Meet with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Attend the Polaris Climate Change Observatory Project Presentation in Cape Town Source

On December 8, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco met with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa.  During their visit the princely couple presented a check for one million Rand to one of Mr. Tutu’s charities, The Giving Organization.   Afterward, the prince and princess attended the Polaris Climate Change Observatory, hosted by Polar International Foundation, held at the Clock Tower in Cape Town.

To learn more about The Giving Organization as well as the Polaris Climate Change Observatory please click the links below:

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Source: Palais Princier de Monaco

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio/M.Rall

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the One Billion Tree Event in Durban, South Africa

On December 7, 2011, T.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene attended the UNEP One Billion Tree Campaign/Climate Action Networking Reception in Durban, South Africa. During the event, Prince Albert II paid a special tribute to 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Professor Wangari Maatai, who passed away this past September 25, 2011.

Professor Wangari Maathai was the founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and patron of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign. Professor Maathai was one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners, internationally recognized for her commitment to democracy, human rights and conservation. source

To learn more about the One Billion Tree Campaign please visit their official website here. 

To view photos from today’s event please click here.  To watch a video please click here.

Tomorrow, the princely couple will met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.

Photo courtesy of: Iol.co.za

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Gives a Speech During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa

On December 6, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was in the presence of several heads of state, heads of government, and ministers during the inauguration of the High Level Segment of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa. The prince gave a speech during today’s event regarding the environment and climate change.

Photo courtesy of Daylife/Reuters

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Visit a Christmas Market in Monaco. Plus, Other News.

On December 5, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the opening of the Monaco Christmas Village located at Port Hercule.  The princely couple along with hundreds of attendees toured the “…19th Century Christmas Village…” whereupon they viewed various Christmas booths, workshops, food stands offering delicious Christmas treats, and much more.

Tomorrow, the royal couple will be in Durban, South Africa where Prince Albert II will participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference.  On December 7, the princely couple will attend the UNEP’s One Billion Tree Campaign event to be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.  Finally, on December 8, the princely couple will arrive in Cape Town, South Africa where they will met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  From there Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene will attend the Polaris Project presentation, again, in Cape Town.

To view photos from today’s event please click here.

Photo courtesy of Daylife/Reuters

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Opening of the 2011 MonacoPhil Stamp Show

On December 2, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the opening of the 2011 MonacoPhil Stamp Show held at three venues in Terrasses de Fontvieille.

According to a press release regarding this three-day event:

The Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies will display a selection of one hundred exceptional philatelic rarities from internationally renowned collections, including those of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, ten national postal museums and members of the Club de Monte-Carlo.

The Monaco Top Cars Collection will show exceptional items, some of them for the very first time, on the theme ‘The United Kingdom and its colonies’. Visitors can admire philatelic gems from the collections of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the Royal Philatelic Society London.

A stamp fair in the Salle du Canton, will feature 80 stands operated by postal administrations and well-known international stamp dealers; giving both collectors and the general public a chance not only to find out about the latest philatelic novelties, but also to enjoy classic stamps from all over the world.

On 2 December, the Office des Emissions de Timbres-Poste will issue a special commemorative sheet featuring a photograph of the marriage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlène Wittstock. As an exclusive offer to MonacoPhil, a limited, numbered edition of this sheet and its non-perforated version will be sold in a presentation pack.

This evening, at a gala dinner, Prince Albert II received the 2011 ASCAT Grand Prix Award, for his avid support of “…philately and stamp collecting…”  

To learn more about the 2011 MonacoPhil  please click here. 

Sources: ASCAT and MonacoPhil