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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The Princely Family of Monaco Participate in the Distribution of Packages to the Croix-Rouge Monégasque. Plus, Other News

On November 17, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie presented packages for the elderly within the principality of Monaco who are on the list of the Service for Social Action of the Monégasque.  The event took place at the Red Cross headquarters in Monaco.  To view photos please click here.

In other news, it was announced that Princess Charlene has pledged over one million Rand (the currency of South Africa) to the charity, Giving Trust Organization, in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday.  According to a spokeswoman for the Giving Trust Organization, the princess who is a co-patron of the Trust, hoped her contribution would “…encourage the public and corporate sector to honour the Archbishop by donating to those in need.”

The Giving Trust Organization represents ten charities in South Africa. The donation was to be divided equally among them.

Bravo!

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend a Mass in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Saint Martin Church in 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.

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H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco Visits Several Schools in Monte-Carlo

On November 11, 2011, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco visited the Monte-Carlo nursery and the Saint-Charles school. In accordance to her wishes, and so as not to disrupt lessons, these visits took place informally in direct contact with the children and teachers.

Upon her arrival at the Monte-Carlo nursery, the Princess, accompanied by the Prince, asked the nursery nurses about the proposed daily activities for the thirty-six children under three who attend the nursery. The Director, Mrs Baron, briefly talked about how the establishment is run. This nursery is managed by the Monaco Town Hall, represented this morning by Mrs Vaccarezza, Head of the Municipal Social Services Department.

The princess then visited the Saint-Charles school. The children, clearly delighted by this visit, welcomed the princess in the great hall with their Director Mrs Dupont and Mrs Bonnal, Director of National Education for Youth and Sports.  Princess Charlene witnessed the implementation of educational workshops in an infants’ class, then She wanted to spend some time with the eight children who benefit from specialist A.I.S. (School Adaptation and Integration) supervision within this establishment.

Princess Charlene commented on the quality of the teaching and the school facilities of these establishments and paid tribute to the professionalism of the teaching staff in Monaco who do so much to help new generations to secure the Principality’s future.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco
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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Opening of ‘Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess’ Exhibition (VIDEO)

On November 2, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition, Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Canada.

This special exhibition, based on the Grimaldi Forum’s The Grace Kelly Years, chronicles the late princess’s life:

…told through her personal correspondence, famous fashions, films and a trove of memorabilia. Highlights include letters from “Hitch,” the original Hermès purse that was eventually named for Kelly, her Oscar for The Country Girl and home videos peppered with famous faces. source

After the opening of the exhibition the princely couple along with hundreds of VIPs attended a private reception in honor of the prince and princess of Monaco.

If you happen to live in or around Toronto or may be visiting the area in the future why not visit this special exhibition.  It ends on January 22, 2012.

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

 

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Gives a Speech at the Opening of the Exhibition

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco: The Today Show Interview (VIDEO)

On Wednesday November 2, 2011, the American television morning show, The Today Show, aired an exclusive interview with Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Click here to watch the 6:52 video 

Photo sent to TRC from Montblanc.  PLEASE DO NOT COPY.  Thank you, Max!   🙂

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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.

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

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco MERCI!

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H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco News

It was announced on October 28, 2011, that H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco would participate in the Ein Herz für Kinder (A Heart for Children) television fundraising gala to be broadcast live on ZDF from Berlin, Germany on December 17, 2011.

Per a press release regarding the event:

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco kindly accepted the invitation and agreed to travel to Berlin. It will be her first visit to the German capital since her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco last July.

Even before her wedding, Princess Charlene was committed to helping the disadvantaged through sports and education. As a young athlete, she trained scores of disadvantaged children and helped inspire and comfort them. The former Olympic swimmer from South Africa often volunteered her time and status to raise significant funds in support of several construction and training projects. Princess Charlene is ambassador and member of the International Board of Directors of the Special Olympics, the largest international sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She now is establishing her own Foundation called “Princess Charlene Foundation” to assist children and women in need around the world. Together with her husband, Princess Charlene also supports a wide variety of charitable organizations.

Prominent international guests of the “Ein Herz für Kinder” TV gala in the past years included Jane Fonda, Prince Harry, George Clooney and Salma Hayek. Thomas Gottschalk, Germany’s most famous TV personality, will host the event for the eleventh time.

Press release via Axel Springer AG
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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Visit Nepal

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are currently in the tiny country of Nepal for the next few days.

The princely couple will go to the village of Dhuseni to visit the school built by the Monaco Aide et Présence association, now known as one of the ten best schools in this country. The Prince will then lay the foundation stones for new schools being built with the support of the ‘NAMASTE’ Association (Nepal-Monaco-Cultural-Association) in Salleri and Rigaon.

T.S.H.s will also visit a clinic established by the ‘ACFN’ (Franco-Nepalese Cultural Association) and the craft workshop that provides training for women sponsored by ‘NAMASTE’, located in Gamrang.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco   🙂

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco: A No-Show At the New Zealand Olympic Committee Centenary Dinner

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are currently in New Zealand to attend the 2011 Rugby World Cup as well as to attend other official functions. One of the events the princely couple were to attend was the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s centenary dinner on October 20, 2011. Unfortunately, there were a change of plans.  According to the New Zealand newspaper, Auckland Now, the princely couple instead “… jetted across the Tasman Sea…”

Why?  No idea.

But, don’t fret.  The lovely couple will be back to New Zealand to attend the 2011 Rugby World Cup Finals this weekend.   🙂

Sources: Auckland Now and New Zealand Herald

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco to Visit Toronto, Canada. Plus, Other News

It has been confirmed that T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco will visit Toronto, Canada where they will officially open the exhibition, Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess, on November 2, 2011 (open to the public on November 4).

The exhibition, based on the Grimaldi Forum’s The Grace Kelly Years, will be held at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox.  Director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, noted:

It is an honour to welcome members of The Monegasque Princely family to TIFF Bell Lightbox. Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess is a tribute to the life and style of one of the world’s most beloved stars and to have Prince Albert and Princess Charlène open the exhibition is a great privilege.

After the opening there will be a gala reception in honor of the prince and princess of Monaco. 

Meanwhile, the princely couple are still in Auckland, New Zealand enjoying the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  But, it is not all fun and games for the prince and princess. The Palais Princier de Monaco announced that H.S.H. Prince Albert II will participate in various official functions whilst in lovely New Zealand including an official meeting with the prime minister, Mr. John Key.  Discussions will include the:

…development of economic links between the two countries and the initiative relating to the protection of cetaceans, in areas located beyond the “Permanent Protection of Cetaceans on the High Seas” jurisdiction introduced by the Principality.

Prince Albert II is expected to attend the New Zealand Olympic Committee centenary dinner on October 20.  The princely couple will also visit Christchurch where:

…the prince will visit the engineering firm ‘Scott Industry’ and the Antarctic Research Institute. An in-depth scientific partnership is planned between this agency, which aims to improve multi-disciplinary research into the Antarctic and the Prince’s Foundation.

Come next weekend, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene will attend the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals.

Courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco.   🙂

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the 2011 Rugby World Cup Semi-Final Match

On October 15, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2011 Rugby World Cup semifinal match in Auckland, New Zealand.

The princely couple (who are huge Rugby fans) flew to lovely Auckland via private jet on Friday enjoyed the game between France and Wales alongside France’s sports minister, David Douillet.  It is being reported that Prince Albert II will attend the New Zealand Olympic Committee centenary dinner and will also attend the 2011 Rugby Finals come next weekend.

In case you were wondering who won the match… it was France.

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