Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco 2012
The principality of Monaco was buzzing Sunday as the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix took place. The major race car event attracted both the princely family, sports figures and celebrities to the tiny country along the French Riviera.
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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene watched as the major race car drivers zipped along Monaco’s winding roads. The winner for this year was Australian driver Mark Webber, who was on the Red Bull team. He was awarded the trophy with the Monegasque couple watching, as well as Andrea and Pierre Casiraghi, Albert’s nephews.
Monaco prepped up for the championship starting on Friday, with the Amber Lounge Fashion Show and a charity event on Saturday. Celebrities such as actor Will Smith, pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, and actress Jennifer Lawrence were present for the events on all three days.
Princess Charlene’s outfit for Sunday seemed fitting for the racing championship – her dress featured turquoise cars speeding around her dress.
There was some controversy when the commentator for the British SKY channel made a tasteless joke about Monaco’s twisting roads: “Some twisty and dangerous roads above us here in Monaco, Princess Grace knows all about them,” said Simon Lazenby, who immediately apologized but angered a lot of viewers.
Princess Grace, the Hollywood actress turned Monegasque Princess, was the mother of Prince Albert II. She did in 1982 after driving off a cliff just outside of Monaco.
Sources: Daily Mail, ¡Hola!
Albert & Charlene Join the Port Wine Brotherhood
On Friday, Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene flew to Porto, Portugal to be inducted into The Confraria do Vinho do Porto – Port Wine Brotherhood – a knighthood set up in 1982.
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Along with Albert’s nephew, Pierre Casiraghi, the couple arrived at 11am local time at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. After having lunch, they took part in the enthronement ceremony.
At the Palácio da Bolsa, Albert and Charlene were given the rank of Cancelário and the degree of Infanção, respectively. The Cancelário title is given to heads of state, while the rank of Infanção is given to those of “merit distinction with this rank due to their personal prestige or high ranking positions” according to the Brotherhood’s official website.
The enthronement ceremony included receiving insignias, signing the Book of Honour, and swearing an oath to “give my support to the confraria and to continue fighting for the honor of port wine.”
Other members of this Brotherhood include King Juan Carlos of Spain and King Albert II of Belgium.
Learn more about the Brotherhood here.
Sources: For The Love of the Port, Caras
Princess Charlene Inaugurates Monaco’s “Turtle Island”
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It was a very windy day for Monaco Tuesday, but that didn’t prevent Princess Charlene from going to the roof of the principality’s Oceanographic Museum to open a sanctuary for turtles.
Her Serene Highness, who displayed a new haircut, took part in opening “Turtle Island”. It is to be a home for seven turtles that were given as gifts to her husband, Prince Albert II, by the former President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure, during Albert’s visit back in February.
Charlene unveiled a stone that commemorated the Island’s opening, interacted with the large turtles and even with the children who came for the event. Visitors to “Turtle Island” can not only see them up close, but also pick them up to play with them.
Source: Monaco Matin
Albert & Charlene Tour Sami Territory
Monaco’s Princely couple are currently on tour of Lapland – the Sami territory in the northernmost corners of Finland and Norway. They arrived in the region within hours of Saturday’s Rose Ball, and traded glamor attire for layers of winter clothing for the cold Arctic weather.
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A far cry indeed, but Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene did it to learn how environmental changes is affecting the Sami people.
Their Serene Highnesses arrived in Enontekiö, Finland Sunday, where they spent a short while watching a reindeer race in the village of Hetta. During their visit, they mingled with the Sami people and even signed autographs. Prince Albert was described as a friendly man while the local men commented on Charlene’s long legs. The Princess even got a traditional Risku-necklace.
After the race, the couple headed for Kautokeino in northern Norway. There, they learned how climate change and industrialization is hurting the Sami people, who by tradition as reindeer herders.
Albert and Charlene also tried on traditional Sami dress and slept in a Lavvu, a traditional Sami temporary dwelling.
“This is a great experience and I’m very pleased that Charlene is getting to experience it too,” the 54-year-old prince told Norway’s TV 2.
All in all, the Sami people are pleased that the Monegasque royals visited them.
“This is a form of recognition for our region and it is also recognition for the Sami culture,” said Klemet Erland Hætta, the mayor of Kautokeino.
The Sami people are indigenous to the northern most areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the northwestern region of Russia.
Sources: IB Times, The Local (Norway), Iltalehti
Monaco’s Rose Ball 2012
The principality of Monaco kicked off its annual social season Saturday with the Rose Ball, or Bal de la Rose, which benefits the Foundation de Princesse Grace. It was a night of glamor and celebrity, something Monaco is known for.
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Prince Albert II, his wife Princess Charlene, and sister Princess Caroline, arrived together for the event. This year’s theme was “Swinging London” – meaning the style and decor would reflect London during the 1960s. It was Caroline’s idea for this theme.
Princess Charlene wore a simple black strapless gown with a gold bow at the top. Her hair was done in pure 60s style. Princess Caroline wore a black outfit typical of the 1960s.
Also in attendance was Caroline’s daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, who wore an aqua gown with plenty of ruffles.
The decor inside the Salle des Etoiles (Star Room) of the Monaco Sporting Club had the Union Jack, red phone booths, and other designs to give the “Swinging London” look. As it was described in the press release, this evening was not “about nostalgia… it will be an explosion of colour and jollity with a new London generation on stage.”
Celebrities in attendance included English musician Miles Kane, Irish singer Imelda May, Charles and Camilla Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, and Victoria Silvstedt.
Source: Visit Monaco
Princess Charlene Opens Grace Kelly Exhibit in Australia
Princess Charlene of Monaco was greeted by large crowds in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia Saturday when she arrived at the Bendigo Art Gallery to open the exhibit, Grace Kelly: Style Icon. The late Grace Kelly was the mother of Charlene’s husband, Prince Albert II.
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Swarms of children waving Australian and Monegasque flags welcomed the Princess as she stepped out of a car and walked up the stairs to the museum. She paid attention to nearly each child she passed, and even gave a high five to some.
Inside, Her Serene Highness gave a speech in which she began by saying, “G’day”.
Charlene called Princess Grace, “one of the most captivating personalities of all time” and highlighted her “beautiful style”, patronage of the arts and being a devoted mother.
After her speech, and others including Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu, Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan, and Honorary Consul for Monaco Andrew Cannon, there was a tour of the exhibition.
The Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibit is highly anticipated. It is expected to bring 10 million into Bendigo, and thousands are expected to see it.
Sources: Bendigo Advertiser