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
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
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.
On November 13, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 100th anniversary of the Saint Martin church in Monaco. The Pontifical Mass, led by Archbishop Bernard Barsi, was also attended by H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover and her daughter, Princess Alexandra.
To view photos please click the links below:
At the Villa Paloma: Nouveau Musée National de Monaco there is a new exhibition entitled, 3 Expositions + 1 Film: Heritage in Monaco, which tells the story of the history of the principality through rare photographs as well as documents. Princess Caroline is a highlight of the exhibition in which several portraits are on display of the princess by famed artists such as the late Helmut Newton, designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld, Francesco Vezzoli, and many more.
3 Expositions + 1 Film: Heritage in Monaco runs through January 8, 2012 at the Villa Paloma. To view photos please click here. To learn more about the exhibition please click here.
This is old news, but better late then never, right? 🙂
On October 6, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the Gemluc (Groupement des Entreprises Monegasques dans la Lutte contre el Cancer) Evening of Hope at the Monaco Automobile Club.
Gemluc is a “…charitable association founded in 1973 to fight against this plague which is cancer. Since its establishment it has raised 1.580.000 € which have been used for all kinds of aspects in the fight against cancer in areas such as research, aid for patients as well as buying materials for hospitals.” source
According to a Palais Princier de Monaco statement, the money raised will be used to purchase a new “record and verify” system for the dosimeters used in anti-cancer radiotherapy at the Princess Grace Hospital, thus greatly improving their safety. During the evening, a painting by Sandro Brand, an artist taking part in the GemlucART exhibition-competition, was presented to H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover.
The GemlucART exhibition, held at the Auditorium Rainier III, ends on October 14, 2011.
Courtesy of Palais Princier de Monaco.
On October 3, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Théâtre Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo. Unfortunately, H.S.H. Princess Charlene did not attend. Why? I have no idea.
To learn more about the Théâtre Princesse Grace as well as to view photos click the links below:
Recently, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the official opening of “Italian Language and Culture Month” in Monaco. This celebration, organized by the Italian embassy in Monaco, promotes all things Italian including art, literature, gastronomy, and theatre.
During the opening event Princess Caroline, along with the Italian ambassador to Monaco, Antonio Morabito, watched flag throwers do their thing (sorry I couldn’t think of a better description of what they were doing). From there the princess, Ambassador Morabito, and hundreds of guests viewed an art exhibit along the Esplanade at the Grimaldi Forum.
On October 2, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Caroline along with H.S.H. Prince Albert II attended the Tribute to Master Yakov Krazberg held at l’Auditorium Rainier III. During the event the Great Hall of l’Auditorium Rainier III was renamed, Salle Yakov Kreizberg, and a plaque was unveiled in honor of the late conductor who was the musical director of l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. To view photos please here and here.
And, finally H.S.H. Princess Stephanie and H.S.H. Prince Albert II presented a check to the foundation, Fight AIDS Monaco.
Courtesy of Palais Princier de Monaco. 🙂
On September 29, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover was in Berlin, Germany to attend the 2nd Annual German Watermill Center benefit, Voluptuous Panic. “The Berlin Benefit will be the German celebration of Bob Wilson’s 70th birthday…”
The event was hosted by Montblanc and held at the Studio Elmgreen & Dragset. To view photos please click here.
Photo courtesy of: Zimbio/A. Rentz
On September 21, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover as well as hundreds of guests attended the highly anticipated Arternative Light art exhibition held at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille. This exhibit:
… aims to discover the “secret gardens” of artists from all backgrounds, according to its organizers. Thirty-six artists (painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, actors, writers, etc.). Reveal their hidden talents and new facets of their work have not yet been exposed, like Robert Redford and his wife, painter Sibylle Szaggars Redford, who was present at the opening[Mr. Redford did not attend. He’s filming a new movie.]
Five of the Mr. Redford’s art work along with pieces by other artists showcasing their works at the exhibition will be for sale, according to AFP news. The proceeds will be donated to various charity organizations in Monaco. If you are interested in viewing the exhibition, Arternative Light, it runs through September 25. Admission is free.
To view photos please click here and here.
Source: AFP news Photo courtesy of: E.Dulière
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, H.R.H. Caroline of Hanover, and her son, Pierre Casiraghi, attended the opening of the 10th Monaco La Belle Classe held at Le Yacht Club de Monaco at Port Hercule recently. According to the French online magazine, Pure People, Prince Albert received a nice watch from the members of Le Yacht Club de Monaco then posed for photographers. In case you were wondering Princess Charlene did not attend. To view photos please click here and here. To learn more about Le Yacht Club de Monaco please click here.
Earlier in the week H.S.H. Prince Albert II had a meeting with former World Bank president, James Wolfensohn. The day before, Mr. Wolfensohn participated in the Monaco Méditerranée Foundation Conference (MMFC) entitled, The World 2050 held at the Le Meridien Beach Plaza in Monaco. The purpose of the prince’s meeting with Mr. Wolfensohn: To discuss what happened at the MMFC. To view a photo please click here.
Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Pure People
On September 10, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, a bald Andrea Casiraghi, and members of the De Massey family attended the 2011 Pique-nique Monegasque in Monaco.
I have no idea what the purpose of this event is all about nor I am sure the princely couple brought macaroni salad or not to the pique-nique (picnic); nevertheless, everyone in attendance seemed to have a jolly old good time. To view photos please click here.
Photo courtesy of: Daylife/V.Hache/AFP/Getty Images
On September 8, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the Mont Blanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco gala at the Salle Garnier Monte-Carlo. Prior to viewing the collection the princely family along with 350 guests:
…enjoyed a one night only event production, ‘Grace for Grace’, at the Salle Garnier by Robert Wilson, one of the 21st century’s great theatre visionaries.
‘Grace for Grace’ is a tribute in three acts – a fascinating musical and visual journey through Princess Grace’s life from Philadelphia girl, to Hollywood star and finally to Princess. The performance featured singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, opera stars Bryn Terfel, Diana Damrau, Shenyang, prima ballerina Gillian Murphy and singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright. The intricate costumes were specially designed by Viktor&Rolf.
The Mont Blanc gala event attracted many international celebrities including Naomi Watts, Elsa Pataky, Eva Herzigova, Viktor&Rolf, Natalie Imbruglia as well as VIPs from Monaco.
To view photos please click the links below:
Photos and video sent to TRC from J.M. at Mont Blanc International (Thank you!) by Pascal Le Segretain/Gettyimages for Mont Blanc. PLEASE DO NOT COPY! 🙂