Princess Caroline and Prince Albert II reward the winners of the Monaco International Dog Show
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Prince Albert II of Monaco took part in the Monaco International Dog Show award ceremony on Sunday 8 May. Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, president of the Société Canine de Monaco, was also present. More than 1,000 dogs of 180 different breeds, representing 23 countries, took part. The prince and his older sister petted the winning dogs and presented them with gold trophies and red and white ribbons. Last year, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella accompanied Princess Caroline and Charlotte Casiraghi to the event.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attend the Sainte-Dévote rugby tournament
Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella attended the Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on 7 May. The 10th Sainte Dévote rugby tournament was organized in partnership with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
In parallel with the competition, the “Rugby for all” association offered courses adapted to children and young adults with disabilities. The Monegasque team received the Sainte Dévote trophy, after winning the match between the Monegasque Rugby Federation and the Lucciana Rugby Club. Princess Charlene congratulated all participants of the international tournament.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad received at the Prince’s Palace
Prince Albert II received Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize at the Prince’s Palace on 9 May. Nadia Murad is a Yazidi human rights activist from Sinjar (Kurdistan) in northern Iraq. In 2014, she was captured by Islamic State fighters and held as a sex slave for several months before she managed to escape. Since then, she tirelessly tells her story around the world to help Yazidi survivors, defend the rights of marginalized ethnic and religious minorities and fight against the use of rape as a weapon of war. She bravely recalled the day when Islamic State fighters rounded up the Yazidi community in her village and killed six hundred people, including her mother and six of her brothers, and took her captive.
The Sovereign Prince spoke of His support for victims of conflict-related sexual violence around the world, as well as the possibility for Monaco to participate in education and health projects. Nadia Murad concluded her moving visit by offering Prince Albert II a piece of pottery made by a Yazidi woman on which is inscribed a poem and a copy of her book “The Last Girl”.
The Flame of the Unknown Soldier lands in Monaco for the first time
The Eternal Flame traveled outside of French territory for the first time in history. On the evening of May 8, to commemorate the French Victory of 1945, Prince Albert II evoked the importance of remembrance by welcoming the Flame of the Unknown Soldier in front of the War Memorial in the cemetery of Monaco.
The flame traveled by car, protected in a storm lamp, from the Arc de Triomphe to the Principality. Journalist and poet Gabriel Boissy originated the idea of the eternal flame, which was first lit on November 11, 1923. Two years earlier, the remains of the unknown soldier were buried under the Arc de Triomphe. The soldier, decorated with the Legion of Honor, the highest medal in France, symbolizes all those who have died in combat fighting for their country.
Alongside the Prince were present Patrice Cellario, representing the Minister of State, Mgr Dominique-Marie David, Yvette Lambin Berti, Secretary of State of the Prince’s Palace, Stéphane Valeri and Brigitte Boccone-Pagès, President and Vice-President of the National Council and its Vice-President, Mayor Georges Marsan and many others. According to Admiral Alain Coldefy, the Flame of the Unknown Soldier has left mainland France for the first and only time.
Bernard Bezzina’s painted Porsche joins the Prince’s Car Collection
Artist Bernard Bezzina used a Porsche as a canvas and presented the artwork to Prince Albert II. The car will enter the Cars of Prince Albert II collection in July 2022. The unique and 100% electric vehicle of the Var artist was unveiled on the Place du Palais to the delight of tourists. The Taycan model also acted as a safety car during the 5th E-Prix. Inspired by aluminum and steel, Bernard Bezzina covered with painted geometric shapes. The artist is currently working on three gigantic sculptures for the future Mareterra district of Monaco.
The Lions Club Gala raises 10,000 euros for the Prince Albert II Foundation
The Lions Club of Monaco celebrated its 60th anniversary at a gala dinner at the Hôtel Hermitage. During the evening, an auction raised 10,000 euros for the benefit of the Prince Albert II Foundation to support the Pelagos Initiative. The large check was presented to Olivier Wenden, President of the Prince’s Foundation, by Isidoro Miele, President of the Lions Club, alongside several members of the association. The Pelagos Initiative is the first cross-border sanctuary in the Mediterranean. The 87,500 km 2 protected area, whose governance is shared between France, Italy and the Principality, is home to a variety of vital marine mammals.