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Royal Year in Review: Monaco


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Because of the pandemic, the Princely Family of Monaco was not overly active in 2020. Here we take a look at some of their engagements in 2020:

January:

Prince Albert of Monaco sent a letter to the Australian Prime Minister during the bush fire crisis to express his condolences and support. Princess Charlene also celebrated her 42nd birthday.

March:

The Prince of Monaco announced restrictive measures against coronavirus in an address to the Monégasque people. That same month Prince Albert became the first monarch to be diagnosed with COVID-19. He had attended an event with the Prince of Wales the week prior.

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We also highlighted the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation on our website before the Prince stressed that he was not responsible for giving the Prince of Wales COVID.

April:

Princess Charlene shared new images of her and Prince Albert’s twins ahead of Easter. She and Prince Albert later filmed a video in French and English to wish everyone a happy Easter.

May:

It was announced that Princess Charlene was going to participate in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Princess Stéphanie also visited a COVID-19 screening centre in Espace Léo Ferré.

June:

Prince Albert chaired the first workshop for the 11th Monaco Blue Initiative. Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, a cousin to Prince Albert, died on 10 June, and he led the masked mourners at her funeral. His car collection later re-opened to the public. The royal twins also enjoyed St. John’s celebrations from the palace balcony.

July:

The Prince and Princess of Monaco shared new images to mark their wedding anniversary. Albert also marked 15 years on the throne.

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Prince Albert’s daughter, Jazmin Grimaldi, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Princess Charlene announced she was set to participate in a waterbike challenge across the Mediterranean. The Monaco national football team honoured Princess Grace with their jerseys.

September:

Princess Charlene helped kick off the Tour de France. She later completed “The Crossing” water bike challenge across the Mediterranean.

November:

Prince Albert paid tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack, and Prince Jacques took the salute during Monaco’s National Day celebrations.

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Princess Caroline won new fans by letting her hair go grey, and Charlene shared some behind the scenes snaps from National Day.

December:

Princess Gabriella had a police boat named after her, and the Princely Family distributed Christmas gifts at the Princely Palace.

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Princess Charlene also shared some Christmas images on her Instagram account after the holiday.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.