T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Princess Grace Awards Gala in New York City

On November 1, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived at Cipriani 42nd Street to attend the 29th Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala in New York City.

This special event honors twenty-one “… emerging artists in theater, dance and film…” There are also two special awards handed out each year, the Prince Rainier III Award and Princess Grace Statue Award.  Ms. Julie Andrews was presented with the Prince Rainier III Award for her “…outstanding contribution to motion picture, television and theater arts … [as well as for her] significant humanitarian contributions to their fields.”  The recipient of the Princess Grace Statue Award was presented to Jon M. Chu. 

During the awards gala Montblanc premiered the Princesse Grace de Monaco Collection which consists of:

… fine jewelry pieces, timepieces and writing instruments true to Princess Grace’s enduring style and sophistication. Feminine and elegant, the pieces from this collection are some of the most exquisite ever crafted in Montblanc’s Ateliers, rich in details and inspired by this icon’s spirit and attention to style.

The Gala began with cocktails, followed by a spectacular opening act; then a 3-course dinner catered by Cipriani 42nd Street; followed by the Awards presentations and finally, dancing to DJ Clockwork in the Chapel Room. Rufus Wainwright performed two Julie Andrews classics and sang “I Could Have Danced All Night” as a tribute to Julie Andrews. Montblanc Brand Ambassador and international rising opera star Shenyang wowed the crowd with a brilliant performance.

Anne Hathaway gave a moving speech in honor of her idol and The Princess Diaries co-star, Julie Andrews. Andrews got a standing ovation from the VIP crowd as she came onto stage to receive her award from H.S.H Prince Albert II.

To view photos please click the links below:

To learn more about the Princess Grace Awards please click here.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco MERCI!

Photos sent to TRC from Montblanc. PLEASE DO NOT COPY!

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 2011 Arctic Futures Symposium

On October 12, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was in Brussels, Belgium to participate in the 2011 Arctic Futures Symposium.

Once Prince Albert II at the event he was warmly greeted by the president of the International Polar Foundation, Alain Hubert as well as the European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanski.  Other attendees at this conference held at the Royal Library of Belgium and organized by the International Polar Foundation in conjunction with the FP2 (Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco), included the President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greenland Inuutwq Holm Olsen, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Denmark Kim Jorgensen, and many more.  .

So what is the Arctic Futures Symposium and its purpose?  Well, it is a forum to have a well-informed discussion on key issues such as:

… transport and infrastructure, search and rescue, the future of Arctic research and monitoring, ecosystem stewardship, management of natural resource development, and indigenous affairs.

Once again, Arctic stakeholders including EU and foreign policymakers, scientists, representatives of industry, indigenous peoples and academics will be brought together to discuss needs, address challenges, exchange ideas, and network.

To view photos please click here.  To watch an interview with Prince Albert II please click here.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 22nd Annual Sportel Convention

On October 10, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II officially opened the 22nd annual Sportel Convention at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo.

Organized by Mediax Monaco, Sportel — the international sports program market for television and new media — is one of the largest gatherings of “...high level media executives coming together from all over the world to network at the most important sports media market on the sports calendar…”  and this year over 2,000+ participants will attend.

During this year’s convention there will be speaking engagements from Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Sport Interactive, Ellen Rian, Executive Editor, NRK Sport New Media to name a few.  There will also be sporting demonstrations, prizes handed out to the best illustrated sports book, and much more.  On the final day of Sportel the famous Golden Podium Awards will be handed out with H.S.H. Prince Albert II in attendance.

To view photos please click here and here.  To learn more about Sportel Monaco 2011 please click here.

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/ V.Hache/AFP

‘Fastes et Grandeur des Cours en Europe’: A Video of the Exhibition

Here is a video from France 3 about the exhibition, Fastes et Grandeur des cours en Europe, currently on display at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.  Also included in the news report is the exhibit L’histoire du Marriage Princier held at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco through November 2011.

Click here to watch the video.   

Photo courtesy of: Palais.mc

New Information About the Upcoming Princely Wedding in Monaco: UPDATES!!

Several additions as well as new information regarding the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco was released this morning via the Palais Princier de Monaco.

According to the Palais Princier de Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, have decided that the band, The Eagles, will be one of the entertainment groups who will play for the Monegasque people on June 30, 2011.  The concert will be held at the Louis II Stadium and will last for at least two hours.

Second, on July 1, 2011, the people of Monaco are invited to watch the civil wedding live in the Palais Princier de Monaco square.  After the service the new princely couple will join their people at the Place du Palais for “…a buffet prepared by the Fairmont Monte-Carlo, with Mediterranean and South African dishes by Chefs from South Africa and Monaco.”

Third, new partners/sponsors of the wedding were announced.  They are: Perrier-Jouet Champagne and Mont Blanc.  If you are interested in purchasing official wedding souvenirs the Palais Princier de Monaco has a special page just for you.  Items for sale include a keyring, mugs, candles, plates, and much more.  Click here to learn more.  Also, the Palais Princier de Monaco has set up a Twitter and Facebook account for the upcoming marriage.  Click these links to view and/or join: Facebook and Twitter

Fourth, regarding the issue international broadcasting of the princely wedding to those living outside of Monaco and France.  According to the press release:

R&G Productions to host the live broadcast of the wedding of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Wittstock.

Consequently, R&G will air the international signal for the wedding ceremonies for international distribution to all countries having so requested.

As host broadcaster, R&G Productions will also be in charge of supplying any additional technical resources and services requested by international broadcasters present at the event, as well as managing and catering for broadcasters with their own production and transmission resources at the TV compound.

Now, it was nice of the Palais Princier de Monaco press office to finally tell us (those interested in the upcoming wedding) who will host the broadcast; however, it really doesn’t help much to be honest.

Finally, according to the French newspaper, Nice-Matin, Miss Wittstock will have six bridesmaids and two groomsman all of whom are, “…the children of Monaco and the surrounding communities (Cap d’Ail, la Turbie, Menton, Beausoleil, Peille Roquebrune), accompany the couple.”

That’s sweet.  No, really it is.

More information will be released within the next few days, according to sources, so please stay tuned.   🙂

Anyway, we have less than 50 days to go, people… can you feel the excitement?!!  Thought so.   🙂

Source:  Palais Princier de Monaco and Nice-Matin

Photo courtesy of:  Nice-Matin via Palais Princier de Monaco and Zimbio.com by Amedeo M.Turello/Getty Images Europe

A Reception at Farmleigh House With Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

This evening in Dublin, Ireland, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock hosted a reception at Farmleigh House for various Irish dignitaries and politicians including the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and Mr. McAleese.  According to the online news source, RTE.ie, seventy guests attended the event and were treated to a lovely musical performance by, “A group of students and musicians from Monaco…”

All in all this trip, so far, has been a success.   Tomorrow morning the couple will travel to Galway and then on over to Newport, County Mayo to visit his late mother’s ancestral home.

To view many photos from the reception at Farmleigh House please click the links: Photos and more photos.

To watch a video from the reception please click the link: Video

Source: RTE.ie Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe