Their Serene Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the 69th edition of the annual Monaco Red Cross Gala at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club on Friday evening. It is held each year during the summer in the small principality.
Famous faces were in the crowd including the recent Tour de France winner Christopher Froome, Monica Bellucci, Billy Zane and Isabell Kristensen.
A dinner and raffle took place during the evening with performances by groups which included Christine and The Queens; the group was specially invited by Princess Charlene. The evening wrapped up with a fireworks show where the one thousand attendees watched from the terrace of the Monte Carlo Sporting Club.
Prince Albert took over the presidency of the Monaco Red Cross, founded in 1948, after the death of his mother, Princess Grace in 1982. In the past, well-known names like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. have performed during the event.
It was just the evening before when Their Serene Highnesses, along with their children Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, attended the departure ceremony for M/V Yersin at the Yacht Club of Monaco at Port Hercules. The environmentally friendly M/V Yersin, which took ten years to build, set sail on a three-year scientific exploration voyage across the globe. It will reach the Archipels Islands (Madeira and Cape Verde) in September.
The campaign was initiated by Prince Albert with the full support of the government of Monaco. During the ceremony, His Serene Highness spoke saying, “The M/V Yersin is a unique ship. It’s designed and operated to minimise its impact on seas and marine ecosystems. The scientific programs selected for this campaign will have several objectives, notably a better knowledge of the oceans and the threats they face, in order to contribute to the search for local and international solutions, both from practical and political points of view. We are witnessing a moment that will remain in our memories, in those of the Principality of Monaco, and in those of all the defenders of the seas.”
It is due to return to Monaco in June 2020.