While they are waiting for their mum’s return, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella were treated by their father to an afternoon in a German amusement park.
Europa Park is an amusement park located in the town of Rust and consists of 15 different areas, each themed around one European country.
Prince Albert was there with his children for a three days visit between Friday, 29 October and Sunday, 31 October. The visit was made upon the invitation of the owner of Europa Park, Roland Mack, who is a personal acquaintance of the Sovereign, having been a part of the jury for the Monte Carlo Circus festival for years.
The royals were there to enjoy the park’s Halloween attraction, but they also visited the Swiss area, where Prince Albert raced down the bobsleigh slide (His Serene Highness was a professional bobsleigh athlete and competed in four Olympics), and the Scandinavian area, where the family got to enjoy some water slides. The Scandinavian site was opened only two years ago.
At the end of the visit, Prince Albert praised Roland Mack and his brother Jürgen for the “amazing work” they did in transmitting the European spirit in the park and vowed to be back soon.
Prince Albert is expected to participate in the COP26 Climate Conference currently underway in Glasgow, Scotland; His Serene Highness has long been involved in environmental protection discussions, especially the rising sea levels and ocean water quality. After all, the Principality of Monaco is only four square kilometres and could very easily be one of the first nations to disappear entirely as a consequence of climate change.
The Sovereign Prince has stated that he will take his children with him in Glasgow, where they will have their own agenda, as he remembers fondly when his parents would bring him and his sisters on tours with them.
This will not be the first time Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella have been a part of an official visit, as their first trip abroad was earlier this year in Dublin, Ireland.
They will undoubtedly be pleased to take this trip, especially because it means that their mum’s expected return from South Africa is getting closer. Prince Albert has assured that his wife, who has been stuck in South Africa fighting an ENT infection, will be back in the principality in time for their National Day celebrations, which fall on 19 November.