T.S.H.s Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene and Princess Stephanie of Monaco Attend an Auction

On December 1, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene along with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco participated in an auction, held at the Méridien Beach Plaza, to raise money for Fight AIDS Monaco.

During this year’s auction raised over 462,000 Euros from the sale of  50 art pieces sold including photographs, paintings and sculptures.  To learn more about Princess Stephanie’s personal charity, Fight AIDS Monaco, please click here.

To view photos please click here. 

Sources and photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco and Nice Matin.

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene along with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco Attend the ‘Nuit des Associations’

On November 30, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene along with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco attended the Nuit des Associations (Night of Associations) event held at the Salle des Etoiles du Sporting Club in Monaco.

The purpose of the gathering is to “…highlight the exceptional involvement of volunteers of different associations represented at the event.”  

To learn more about Nuit des Associations as well as H.S.H. Prince Albert II’s patronage, Jackpot du Coeur (a charity launched last year during the Nuit des Associations) please click the links below:

To view photos please click here. 

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates Attends the ‘Sustainable Use of Oceans’ Workshop in Monaco. Plus, Other News.

On November 28, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the Sustainable Use of Oceans forum/workshop addressing the issue of “…sustainable use of oceans in the context of the green economy and poverty eradication…” held at the Musée Océanographique.

The purpose of this important event is to prepare for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka Rio+20) and to “…ensure [that] the seas and oceans are at the top of the political agenda…” during the UNCSD event.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Prince Albert II will receive the ASCAT Award on December 2, 2011.  To read more about this upcoming event please click here. 

Source: Bemonaco2011

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Visit Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

On November 29, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco visited Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.  Upon their arrival the princely couple were greeted by Mayor Patrick Cesari and local dignitaries.  During their visit the prince and princess planted an Olive tree and unveiled a commemorative plaque with the inscription stating, “In recognition of the common history and relations of friendship between Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the Principality of Monaco.”

Source and photo courtesy of Monaco-Matin

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco News

H.S.H. Prince Albert II held a meeting with Mr. Luiz Figueiredo, under-Secretary for the environment, energy, Science and technology of Brazil, to the Palais Princier on November 28, 2011. During their meeting they discussed bilateral issues and the upcoming Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

To learn more about the upcoming conference please click here.

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits the Aquarium de San Sebastián (VIDEOS)

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Aquarium de San Sebastián in Spain on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Upon his arrival the prince was greeted by the president of the aquarium, the deputy of the Government in Gipuzkoa, Pedro Luis Rio, the Basque Minister of Culture, Blanca Urgell, and the speaker of the City of San Sebastian, Joshua Ruiz.

Following the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the lobby, the prince placed a wreath below a portrait of his grandfather, Albert I of Monaco.  Then he signed the book of honor and toured the aquarium.  Afterward,  Prince Albert II visited the Balenciaga Museum which displays four gowns designed by Balenciaga for his mother, Princess Grace.  The designs were given to the museum in 2003.  After viewing the exhibit Prince Albert told reporters that his visit to the museum was “…very emotional…”  

To watch two video reports from today’s event please click the links below:

Source: Diario Vasco

Photo courtesy of: Noticias de Gipuzkoa

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H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco II Attends the Unveiling of a New Book

On November 23, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the Musée Océanographique to attend the unveiling of well-known free diver, Mr.Pierre Frolla, new book entitled, Pirate des Abysses (Pirates of the Abyss).

To learn more about Mr. Frolla’s book click here. 

Source and photo courtesy of: Monaco Matin

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend a Gala Concert in Celebration of Fête Nationale Monaco 2011

On November 19, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended a gala concert held at the Grimaldi Forum.  Also in attendance were H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover and her family, the de Massy family, and Mr. Chris Le Vine.

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

As I previously mentioned, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco recently received various questions from the newspaper, Monaco Matin, regarding the economic situation in Monaco, his recent marriage to H.S.H. Princess Charlene, and much more.  Well, here is the interview (it’s a rough translation so freak out on me if I made a mistake or two):

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What image, only one, do you remember your wedding?

Let me remember, not an image, but the memory of the clamor rising from the Place du Palais echoing the exchange of our consent in our civil marriage in the Throne Room.

The Princess and I were deeply moved by the spontaneous expression of happiness and joy of Monaco at this time. It showed the deep communion between the people of Monaco and its Princes. I also keep in mind the smiles and warm congratulations, sometimes affectionate, we have received from Monaco and residents.

Your agenda as the Head of State allows you to spare the beaches of privacy and relaxation with Princess Charlene?

Great moments are rare, but they exist, fortunately.

Monégasque hoped for your marriage and now hopefully an heir to the Principality. Should we wait for good news in the coming months?

You will be the first to know.

You were seen, along with your wife, visiting children in schools and nurseries in Monaco on Friday.  How does Princess Charlene want to get involved in the lives of the people within the Principality in the years to come?

Princess Charlene is involved in the life of the Principality with her personality,  style,  sensitivity and  heart. She deeply appreciates the true events, with ease: the Monégasque can discover the richness of its qualities.

The Principality is it enough “army” to withstand the blows of the global economic crisis?

The Principality is not immune to the difficulties faced by most states in light of the economic and financial system today.

It should indeed be careful because there is a risk of slower economic growth in many areas of the world, with the possible implications of that for our economy.

Monaco is however in a situation that many countries envy us because we have the basic budget needed to withstand the attacks of recent years. The lack of debt and our Constitutional Reserve Fund guarantee the stability of our economic and social model.

That’s why I set the Minister of State several objectives, including greater control over spending and a rapid return to balanced budgets in the perspective of a future surplus.

I hope that expenditure control is accompanied by a maintenance level of our investments and policy interventions to support the activity of a highly diversified economy in sectors such as tourism, finance, trade, the real estate and industry. I also asked the Government to increase trade with the business of Monaco, to provide solutions and support recovery in case of difficulties. Modernization of the legislative provisions will continue in dialogue. We have the assets to reassure entities based in Monaco and investors seeking new opportunities in a stable and efficient.

I want to stress that foreign residents, contributing to the economic prosperity of Monaco, is also a human wealth to which we are very attached.

On the sidelines of the G20 in Cannes, Eva Joly, candidate of Europe Ecology-Greens in French presidential, “Monaco is 35 000 inhabitants and 340 000 bank accounts.”

 What can you tell him?

Specialized organizations on these issues themselves believe that the Principality of Monaco meets international standards issued in the fight against money laundering and financial transparency. There is no ambiguity on this point.

Our country is becoming a significant source of employment which contributes to the prosperity of our entire region. Health care provision, education, cultural programming are also available, as in our own abilities, to all municipalities that are close to us. These objective realities can not be disputed by anyone other than deliberately ignoring reality and ignore the local situation.

What do you expect the new leadership of the Société des Bains de Mer?

I expect the new leadership of the Société des Bains de Mer implementation of the discipline combined with a genuine human resource management.

With regard to games, they know the changes that call for deep reflection to make the necessary adjustments.

As for his hotels, flagship of our tourism, they should always remain at the height of the goodwill earned.

What are your possible options to reform the pension Monaco?

In Monaco, as elsewhere, the pension system is an important issue, which affects close to the employees. It is normal that everyone cares. It is necessary to consider ways to ensure the sustainability of our pension plans. It’s a commitment we owe to those who have, through their work, contributed to the growth of the Principality. It is the solidarity between generations.

I asked my government to support social dialogue between the partners involved, so that this important issue, but it is not the only one, is the subject of joint discussions to provide guidance on which it is desirable that all agree.

Source: Monaco Matin

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Fête Nationale Monaco 2011 (VIDEOS)

On November 19, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco celebrated Thanksgiving Mass and Te Deum at the Cathédrale de Monaco.  Also, in attendance were H.R.H. Princess Caroline’s children, Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre Casiraghi, members of the de Massy family, and Mr. Christopher Le Vine (the prince’s cousin).

After the Mass the members of the princely family returned to the Palais Princier de Monaco to witness the Ceremony of the Guard and the presentation of medals to the Police and Security Officers of the Palais Princier de Monaco in the courtyard of the palais.  Soon thereafter, T.S.H.s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene appeared in on the balcony of the palais where they waved to the hundreds of well-wishers.

In the early afternoon, there was an official luncheon to celebrate Fête Nationale 2011 and this evening there will be a cocktail party for the Diplomatic Corps as well as an invitation only gala concert at the Grimaldi Forum .

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Princely Family of Monaco Present Various Medals. Plus, News Regarding an Upcoming Interview with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

On November 18, 2011, inside the Throne Room and in the Blue Chamber, at the Palais Princier de Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the Mérite National du Sang et de la Reconnaissance de la Croix Rouge Monégasque ( Medals of Merit National Blood and Recognition of the Monaco Red Cross) to many lucky recipients.

Later, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover presented the L’Ordre du Mérite Culturel (Order of Cultural Merit) to a select few.  While H.S.H. Princess Stephanie presented packages to the elderly living in the principality of Monaco.

Later on that evening two lucky recipients received the La Legion d’Honneur which took place in the Hall of Mirrors.  Then there was a lovely reception for the Diplomatic Corps and a gala Ambassadorial dinner.

And, finally, on the occasion of Fête Nationale Monégasque 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II responded to questions given to him by the newspaper, Monaco Matin.  The prince discusses (or rather responds to questions regarding) the economic situation within the principality as well as around the world, current issues concerning his country, memories from the his nuptials to Princess Charlene and much more.  The interview will be out soon so stay tuned.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Participate in the Presentation of the L’Ordre de Saint Charles et Grimaldi

On November 17, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi, and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco participated in the presentation of the L’Ordre de Saint-Charles et Grimaldi (Order of St. Charles and Grimaldi).

Held inside the Throne Room at the Palais Princier over fifty people received this high honor from the prince and in the presence of the rest of the princely family of Monaco.

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco.

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Presents Médaille de l’Education Physique et des Sports

On the occasion of National Day in Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II presented the Médaille de l’Education Physique et des Sports (Medals for Physical Education and Medals of the Ministry of Sport) to seventy-nine amazing people.

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

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