His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will be travelling to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA next month to unveil a family plaque.
The plaque will honour his paternal family and the first American woman to marry into the Monégasque Princely Family, Her Serene Highness Princess Alice of Monaco (born in New Orleans as Marie Alice Heine in 1858). She married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889. Albert I is the great-great-grandfather of Prince Albert II.
The plaque honouring Princess Alice will be unveiled on the street of her birth, Rue Royale in the French Quarter section of the city.
Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States, Maguy Maccario Doyle made the announcement regarding His Serene Highness’s attendance last week saying, “To celebrate our historic and cultural bonds on this momentous anniversary, I am delighted to announce that our Sovereign, His Serene Highness Prince Albert ll of Monaco, will be coming next month to New Orleans to unveil a plaque commemorating the birthplace of Alice, Princess of Monaco, who was the wife his great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I.
“In preparation for this official visit, we will showcase (through February 25) the artistic and cultural heritage of Monaco as well as its culinary flavours, and I’m delighted to welcome back, for the first time in a decade, the talented troupe of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. It’s an extra special honour for Monaco to be one of the first countries to pay tribute to the enduring appeal of the Crescent City on its 300th birthday.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu also remarked, “We are thrilled to have the Principality of Monaco participating in the New Orleans Tricentennial. As we celebrate 300 years of New Orleans, we will be remembering the cultural ties between our City and Monaco. I would especially like to thank Ambassador Maccario Doyle and the New Orleans Ballet Association for organising this week of activities, and I encourage everyone to experience these outstanding events.”
Prince Albert II is no stranger to the United States as he is half American and was born with American citizenship through his mother, the former American actress Princess Grace (née Kelly). Albert and his two sisters (Caroline and Stéphanie) spent a significant amount of time in the States growing up to visit with their maternal family. Albert attended university in Massachusetts. He renounced his United States citizenship in his twenties. Albert purchased his late mother’s childhood Philadelphia home last year.