On their second day of their state visit to Ireland, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock attend a reception at CIty Hall in Dublin. The couple were greeted by the Lord Mayor, Gerry Breen, and his wife, whereupon the Prince and future Princess of Monaco received lovely gifts:
…designed by Irish artists. The Prince will be presented with a Bog Oak Bird sculpture by Irish designer Tony Downey. A teardrop ceramic dish by Dublin designer Michele Hannon will be presented to Charlene Wittstock. (DCC Press Release)
Prior to the reception at City Hall the prince visited Trinity College where he announced that a post-doctoral research post will begin later this year to “… commemorate his late Hollywood actress mother, Grace Kelly.” (Click to read more) and (here)
Later in the afternoon, Prince Albert met with various government officials including the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan “… at the Custom City House for a presentation on the IBM ‘Smarter Cities’ program.”
Tonight, around 7 pm, Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock will attend a reception at Farmleigh. Then the couple will leave Dublin and head to Galway and finally they will visit his late mother’s ancestral home in Newport, County Mayo.
To watch a video from today’s events please click the link: Video To view photos please click the link: Photos
Sources: Press Association, Independent.ie, and Dublin City Council Press Release
Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe