Prince Albert of Monaco has addressed the Monaco people on New Year’s Eve without Princess Charlene by his side as she continues to recover from an undisclosed illness.
The Sovereign Prince of Monaco’s speech was streamed on the Princely Palace’s Facebook page, and the Prince spoke of how the planet was struck by health and environmental crises for another year.
He stressed that the holidays are important and how vital it is “for each of us to be able to pause and take time to recharge our batteries, so that we may, both individually and collectively, confront the challenges that lie ahead.”
When discussing the global health crisis, he said the situation is fragile, and the progress made is questioned. The Prince emphasised that getting vaccinated is the only way to end the crisis.
“We must act responsibly in the face of this epidemic, not only by observing barrier gestures but by also keeping in mind that, at present, vaccination remains our only truly effective weapon,” he said.
Prince Albert remarked on the duty we have to future generations and the “economic, social and environmental situations” left to them “depends on the actions we take today.”
Solidarity, he said, will lead us to a 2022 that is fairer and closer to the pre-pandemic world.
He went on to thank first responders and workers who comfort and help others across the globe. He also shared his gratitude to those who “work for our institutions, ensuring that our social model is preserved.” He said that strength and determination would lead us to defeat the virus and obstacles in our way since COVID began to spread.
Albert praised Monaco for being a “place of peace and prosperity where solidarity … is expressed emphatically for its people are aware of the privileges they enjoy.”
He then concluded, saying, “I am fully determined and committed to ensuring that my country assumes its responsibilities and obligations to its people and to future generations.”
Prince Albert made no comments directed toward Princess Charlene’s health but did tell the Monaco people that “my family and I offer you our warmest wishes for 2022.”