On 24 March, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene will host Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan on a state visit in Monaco. This will be the first state visit by a Chinese President to Monaco. It will only last a day, and all the events will take place at the Palace. The tour aims to celebrate the close relationship between Monaco and China since the start of their diplomatic relationship in 1995.
After the official welcome ceremony at the Palace, which will include a review of the troops by the President, the Princely Couple and the Presidential Couple will have a private meeting in the Salon de Famille. The Chinese President will sign the Head of State guestbook and an official photo will be taken.
Afterwards, Prince Albert and President Xi Jinping will attend a bilateral meeting about economic and environmental issues with Monégasque and Chinese delegations. Meanwhile, Princess Charlene and the First Lady will attend a short performance in the Salle des Gardes by the Canadian violinist Zhang Zhang, who is of Chinese origin.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene will then host an official lunch in the Salle du Trône for the Presidential Couple and the Monégasque and Chinese delegations. The Princess of Hanover and Princess Stéphanie will also attend the lunch. To conclude this state visit, the two couples will watch students from the Albert Ier High School perform a play in Mandarin. They will be welcomed into the room by a folk dance group “La Palladienne”.
This visit is part of a broader European trip by the Chinese President Xi Jinping. He will also visit Italy and France.
It only makes sense for the President to visit Monaco during his trip as the two countries have grown closer in the past couple of years. Last year, Prince Albert made a state visit to China during which he officially opened the big exhibition “Princes and Princesses of Monaco: a European Dynasty (13th–21st century)”.