Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are currently on a low-key holiday to Ireland. It is not Prince Albert’s first visit to Ireland, as he visited the country in 1961 as a three-year-old with his parents Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace for a week long holiday. Back then, crowds gathered around the Gresham Hotel in Dublin to see the glamorous couple. Tragically, several people were crushed in the crowds, and it was reported that one person had even had a heart attack. The second visit to Ireland took place in 2011, and now he is visiting for a third time with his wife.
They enjoyed a morning of sightseeing before joining their friends at The Monasterboice Inn for lunch. The Inn manager, Roseanna Donegan, was quite surprised and delighted to receive the royal couple.
“We had no idea that they were coming. We got a phone call in advance to ask us to keep a seat for 12 celebrity guests, as well as a table for six for their entourage. We prepared the tables as we would for any other visitor, but we weren’t too excited because we really had no idea who or what to expect.”
The staff members were said to be charmed by the party’s down-to-earth manner. “They were such a lovely family. They were just so down-to-earth. It was just like serving any other family in the restaurant. Prince Albert requested to sit in the bar, but unfortunately, we didn’t have seats available, so they sat in the restaurant. He ordered a seafood chowder and a pint of Hophouse 13.”
They were able to enjoy their meal without any intrusion.
“They were wonderful guests. Princess Charlene is stunning, a really attractive woman. She was just delightful. They all were. They’d such an interest in the area. He [Prince Albert] knew all about Monasterboice. I gave them a gift when they were leaving, two books on local history from Professor Haberson. They seemed really happy with it.”