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Albert II, Prince of Monaco and Charlene, Princess of Monaco visit Automobile Club de Monaco

On 13th June 2020 Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with their twins, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, visited Automobile Club de Monaco. At the Automobile Club, the family cheered on the competitors at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, a first in the world of endurance e-sports. The Royal Family are supporting the #54 Strong Together Ferrari, which bears the colours of the Principality and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

The 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans was to take place on 13th – 14th June 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the race was postponed until 19th – 20th September. However, the organization decided to keep 13th – 14th June as a red-letter day and to organize the first 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, inviting virtual racers and professional racing drivers to compete online. Strong Together’ s message to the race’s worldwide audience is to pool resources in the fight against Covid-19.

All donations received from viewers of the virtual race will be sent to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for medical research for a Covid-19 vaccine and equal access to vaccines for all. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, works with core partners including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The alliance aims to help vaccinate almost half the world’s children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases.

On the visit, Princess Charlene wore a sleeveless blouse by Louis Vuitton.

Lady Kitty Spencer takes part in Save the Children fundraising campaign

On 9th June, after two months of confinement in South Africa Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana, Princess of Wales’ niece, returned to present a Bulgari jewels collection sold for the benefit of “Save the Children”, an organization chaired by The Princess Royal.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden celebrate their 5th Wedding Anniversary

On 13th June 2020, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary. The couple are the Duke and Duchess of Varmland. They married on 13th June 2015 in Stockholm’s Royal Palace Chapel. A year later they welcomed their first child, Prince Alexander, and in 2017 their second son, Prince Gabriel, was born.

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On the occasion of the anniversary, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia shared a series of photos taken during their wedding ceremony. Marking their special anniversary, the couple wrote on their Instagram page:

“Sometimes every person comes to a decisive choice; a choice that determines one’s future and is about who is above all and who one wants to be. And often, making that decision asks for courage. Courage is not to choose the easy path just because it is easy. It is to stay on the hard road because it’s right.”

Beatrice Borromeo takes part in Buccellati ‘s advertisement campaign photoshoot

Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi is the Brand Ambassador of Italian jewellery brand Buccellati. Beatrice took part in the photoshoot of the new advertisement campaign of Buccellati, which took place in Rome. The photos were taken by British photographer Josh Olins at famous squares like Piazza di Spagna, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza di Pietra and at Villa Lante al Gianicolo on Janiculum Hill in Rome.

The Milan based brand, founded in 1919 by Mario Buccellati, still carries on the ancient jewellery tradition. This year, Buccellati, a high-end jewellery house, celebrates its 101st anniversary. The global brand has stores in the US, Asia and across Europe.

Beatrice Borromeo was born in a distinguished Italian aristocratic family. She is the daughter of Count Carlo Ferdinando Borromeo and Paola Marzotto. The family plays an important role in Italy.  

In 2015, she married Pierre Casiraghi, son of Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco (and now Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover) and the late Stefano Casiraghi and has become a global star. Beatrice Borromeo and Pierre Casiraghi have a sweet and happy marriage with two cute and adorable sons. Every time there is an event which The Royal Family attends, the beautiful picture of four people in the same frame is often a major focus captured by many worldwide media outlets.

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Beatrice’s elegance not only comes from her nobility, but also due to her personality and independent spirit. Although she continues to work after marrying into royalty, whether she is a reporter or a documentary director, she has always been highly appreciated by the world for her high personal accomplishment and strong sense of social responsibility.

Beatrice came to Rome about ten years ago to start an authoritative newspaper and lived there for a while. This time Beatrice stepped into the city again and her familiar feeling made her behave very calmly in the shooting of the advertisement. The memories that filled her heart made her instantly establish an intimate connection with the city. With the professionalism and enthusiasm of photographer Josh Olins and the entire production team, the production of the entire commercial was successfully completed.

The film shot using a black and white style, but shows the detailed interpretation of Beatrice Buccellati jewellery aesthetics. The Rigato hand-carving process that gives the gold surface a satin-like texture and the pearl yarn process that can sculpt the lace pattern also capture the wonderful inspiration from nature and the Renaissance in the brand design.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako receive update on COVID-19’s impact on Childcare. 

On 12th June 2020, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako received information from Yumiko Watanabe (Director of Children & Family Division of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) and Yasuo Otani (President of Japan Child Care Association) on COVID-19’s impact on childcare at Akasaka Imperial Residence.

At the meeting, single-parent challenges, child abuse, and infection risk at schools and childcare centres were spoken about. The Emperor and Empress expressed their concerns about child abuse, effects of stay-home request on families, and closures of schools and childcare facilities due to COVID-19.

Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy passes away.

Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, first cousin of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and daughter of the late Princess Antoinette of Monaco passed away in the Principality on Wednesday evening, 10th June, at the age of 73 at Princess Grace Hospital Centre.

Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, was born in Monaco in 1947 to HSH Princess Antoinette of Monaco (sister of HSH Prince Rainier III) and her ‘flavour of the month’ Alexandre-Athenase Noghes. As such she is a first cousin to HSH Prince Albert II and Princesses Caroline and Stephanie and was the niece of HSH Prince Rainier III. There had been family problems between Rainier III and his sister but things had warmed enough by 1965 that she was chosen to stand as godmother for HSH Princess Stephanie. Despite being born out of wedlock her parents did marry in 1951, legitimizing her and allowing her to have a place in the order of succession to the Monegasque throne.

At the time, as Rainier III had no offspring eyes were on Princess Antoinette as the potential source of future security. This was increased when she later had a son, Christian Louis and then another daughter, the tragic Christine Alix. Efforts, real or overblown, by Princess Antoinette to take the throne for herself and her children prompted her brother to expel her from Monaco at one point, but happily her children were not forced to share her temporary shunning and over time the family has evidently patched things up quite well. Elisabeth-Anne married Bernard Alexandre Baron Taubert-Natta from Switzerland in 1974 and the couple had one son; Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta for whom Prince Albert II stood as godfather. However, the couple later divorced and in 1984 Elisabeth-Anne married again, this time in London, to Nicolai Vladimir Costello de Lusignan by whom she had her daughter Melanie-Antoinette de Lusignan (who was born in Monaco).

Very attached to the traditions of the Principality, she regularly took part in demonstrations bringing together all generations. In addition, she chaired the Monegasque Tennis Federation, the Monte-Carlo Country Club and was very involved in animal protection in her capacity as President of the Société Protectrice des Animaux et Abri de Monaco as well as the Société Canine de Monaco.

Like her Mother, she was attentive to the status of women in the Principality through the Union of Monegasque Women. After the death of Rainier III and the accession of Albert II she lost her place on the list of succession which was fairly far down the list behind her mother, elder brother and his family.

Elisabeth de Massy left two children and a grandson. Information about the funeral in Monaco Cathedral (St. Nicholas) set to be next week will be released in due course. The Chapel of the Prince’s Palace will be open to the public on Saturday’s, 2pm to 5pm and every other day from 9 am to Noon and then from 2pm to 5pm.

Grand Ducal Family share new photos on Mothers Day

On June 14, Luxembourg celebrated Mother’s Day (Mammendag). On the occasion of Mother’s Day, The Grand Ducal Court shared a series of new photos from the private photo album of the Grand Ducal Family.

Mother’s Day in Luxembourg (Mammendag) is celebrated on the second Sunday in June. Although it is not a public holiday, it is widely celebrated across the country. In Luxembourg, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1927 after an initiation by the ‘Ligue Luxembourgeoise du Coin de Terre et du Foyer’.

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