His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco celebrated his 60th birthday privately yesterday in Monte Carlo. The only glimpse of the celebrations for the public was in the form of two photos released by Princess Charlene on her official Instagram account.
The Prince celebrated his birthday at home with his wife, Charlene and their three-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques with chocolate cake. The two images released by Princess Charlene showed His Serene Highness blowing out the candles on his birthday cake with Gabriella and Jacques at his side.
Charlene captioned the post on her Instagram, “Happy Birthday Daddy.”
There were no large public celebrations. As such, no foreign royals travelled to the tiny principality as they did last year for the festivities in the Netherlands for King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday. The Head of Information and Press Department of the Royal Court of Sweden, Margareta Thorgren, told Svenskdam that Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia had sent a private message of congratulations on His Serene Highness’s 60th birthday.
Although there were no large-scale celebrations, his birthday was marked in a few ways across Monaco. One way was with a multi-sensory musical show at the Cathedral of Monaco. Five tableaux representing the elements; Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and the Celestial were projected on the interior of the Cathedral centred on the magnificent organ, with music provided by a variety of musicians. The half-hour show immersed those present in a series of five different environments, whisking them in their minds-eye from their seats in the cathedral.
A subscription, which will be open through 31 March, was opened to the residents and people of Monaco, along with their spouses and children, by the mayor and members of the Communal Council. According to the wishes of His Serene Highness, the money collected will be donated to one or two charities. As of the beginning of the month, the exact charities had not yet been decided.
Additionally, a book was published yesterday in French about Albert’s life. Princesses Caroline, Stéphanie and Charlene, as well as Prince Albert, all took part. Albert II of Monaco, The Man and The Prince was written by journalists Isabelle Rivère and Peter Mikelbank with the help of interviews with the Princely Family.