The Palace of Monaco (Palais Princier de Monaco) began as a medieval fortress, undergoing centuries of conflict and attack before becoming a royal palace.
One finds the origins of the Palace of Monaco in the 12th century, not long after the establishment of Monaco, when the Republic of Genoa agreed with German Emperor Henry IV to build a fortress there in return for the harbour. Construction of this stronghold commenced in 1215.
On 8 January 1297, the Palace of Monaco was captured by the House of Grimaldis, an aristocratic Genoese family, starting a period in which the palace would be seized and recaptured on many occasions.
Over time, the Palace of Monaco underwent several changes, being refortified in the 15th century, damaged in the early 16th and finally renovated into a palace not long after. However, having become an impressive royal home, the Palace of Monaco was devastated during the French Revolution, only being returned to the Grimaldi family in 1814.
Today, visitors to the Palace of Monaco can tour the site, including the state apartments and several museums. Particular highlights include its incredible frescos, the royal courtyard and the Mirror Gallery. Much of the Palace of Monaco has echoes of Versailles, making it an especially beautiful palace. There is also a museum of antique cars and a museum of Napoleonic souvenirs.
Museum and visits
The Palace of Monaco was originally the western border fortress of the Republic of Genoa, built from 1215. It became the residence of the Grimaldi family when, between the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century, they established their sovereignty over Monaco. At the beginning of the 16th century, the lords of Monaco definitively detached themselves from their mother country and had their independence recognised by the European powers: in 1512 by the King of France and by the Emperor and the Pope in 1524. Their medieval residence gradually took on the appearance of a palace and was strongly influenced by the Italian Renaissance. The original painted decorations of the Cour d'Honneur and a number of rooms in the wing of the State Apartments bear witness to this and are now being completely updated, preserved and restored. Honoré II (1604-1662), the first Grimaldi to bear the title of prince from 1612, endowed his house with architectural marks that signed the dynasty&rsquos move towards a monarchy. During the reign of his grandson Louis I, the Court of Honour was enhanced by a large horseshoe staircase, reminiscent, but in a mannerist style, of that of Fontainebleau, one of the residences of the King of France, who has been the protector and ally of the Principality since 1641. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the palace housed extensive art collections, particularly paintings, which were scattered when the French Revolution reached Monaco. After lying disused for more than twenty years, the palace was refurbished after the restoration of the Princes in 1814 and most notably at the end of the 19th century. The ceremonial rooms of the State Apartments were then arranged more or less as they are today.
The Archives of the Palace of Monaco hold many documents relating to European history, including the former fiefdoms of the dynasty granted by Charles V in southern Italy in 1532 (such as the Marquisate of Campagna), those granted following the Treaty of Peronne in 1641 (the Duchy of Valentinois in the Rhone Valley, marquisate of Les Baux in Provence, county of Carladès in Auvergne), or inherited by marriage (barony of Saint-Lô and county of Torigni in Normandy, seigneury of Matignon in Brittany, duchy of Mayenne, marquisate of Chilly, county of Longjumeau, duchy of Mazarin, counties of Thann, Ferrette, Rosemont, Altkirch in Alsace, etc.). ). Today, these territories are grouped together in a network based on friendship and cultural promotion: the Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco.
Five years ago, H.S.H. Prince Albert II decided to carry out a major restoration of the palace's exterior and interior painted decorations, as well as to renew the presentation of the public visitor circuit, usually open from April to October. The approach taken by the restoration team is intended to respect both the environment and the integrity of the historical heritage. For the public, a new look inside the palace should be possible from spring 2022 onwards.
Visits of the Prince's Palace/State Apartments are currently closed. It will re-open in 2022.
The State Apartments are not accessible to those in wheelchairs. Access only by stairs.
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Monaco, officially Principality of Monaco, French Principauté de Monaco, sovereign principality located along the Mediterranean Sea in the midst of the resort area of the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). The city of Nice, France, lies 9 miles (15 km) to the west, the Italian border 5 miles (8 km) to the east. Monaco’s tiny territory occupies a set of densely clustered hills and a headland that looks southward over the Mediterranean. Many unusual features, however, have made Monaco among the most luxurious tourist resorts in the world and have given it a fame far exceeding its size.
Many visitors to Monaco alternate their hours between its beaches and boating facilities, its international sports-car races, and its world-famous Place du Casino, the gambling centre in the Monte-Carlo section that made Monte-Carlo an international byword for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth. The country has a mild Mediterranean climate with annual temperatures averaging 61 °F (16 °C) and with only about 60 days of rainfall. Monthly average temperatures range from 50 °F (10 °C) in January to 75 °F (24 °C) in August.
Evidences of Stone Age settlements in Monaco are preserved in the principality’s Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. In ancient times the headland was known to the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. In 1191 the Genoese took possession of it, and in 1297 the long reign of the Grimaldi family began. The Grimaldis allied themselves with France except for the period from 1524 to 1641, when they were under the protection of Spain. In 1793 they were dispossessed by the French Revolutionary regime, and Monaco was annexed to France. With the fall of Napoleon I, however, the Grimaldis returned the Congress of Vienna (1815) put Monaco under the protection of Sardinia. The principality lost the neighbouring towns of Menton and Roquebrune in 1848 and finally ceded them to France under the terms of the Franco-Monegasque treaty of 1861. The treaty did restore Monaco’s independence, however, and in 1865 a customs union was established between the two countries. Another treaty that was made with France, in 1918, contained a clause providing that, in the event that the Grimaldi dynasty should become extinct, Monaco would become an autonomous state under French protection. A revision to the constitution in 2002 added females and their legitimate children to the line of succession. In 1997 the Grimaldi family commemorated 700 years of rule, and in 1999 Prince Rainier III marked 50 years on the throne. Upon his death in April 2005, he was succeeded by his son, Albert Albert formally assumed the throne on July 12, 2005. The principality joined the United Nations in 1993. Though not a member of the European Union (EU), Monaco phased out the French franc for the single European currency of the euro by 2002.
Monaco’s refusal to impose income taxes on its residents and on international businesses that have established headquarters in the principality led to a severe crisis with France in 1962. A compromise was reached by which French citizens with less than five years residence in Monaco were taxed at French rates and taxes were imposed on Monegasque companies doing more than 25 percent of their business outside the principality. In the early 21st century, some European nations criticized Monaco’s loose banking regulations, claiming that the principality sheltered tax evaders and money launderers. In 2002 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) added Monaco to its “blacklist” of uncooperative tax havens. The principality was removed from the blacklist in 2009 after committing to OECD transparency standards.
Monaco’s constitution of 1911 provided for an elected National Council, but in 1959 Prince Rainier III suspended part of the constitution and dissolved the National Council because of a disagreement over the budget. In 1961 he appointed instead a national assembly. The aforementioned crisis of 1962 with France led him to restore the National Council and to grant a new, liberal constitution. The council comprises 18 members, elected by universal suffrage for a term of five years. Government is carried on by a minister of state (who must be a French citizen) and three state councillors acting under the authority of the prince, who is the official chief of state. Legislative power is shared by the prince and the National Council. Since 1819 the judicial system has been based on that of France since 1962 the highest judicial authority has been the Supreme Tribunal.
A substantial portion of the government’s revenues comes from taxes on commercial transactions additional revenue is drawn from franchises on radio, television, and the casino, from state-operated monopolies on tobacco and postage stamps, from sales taxes, and from the taxes imposed since 1962.
Monaco’s chief industry is tourism, and its facilities make it one of Europe’s most luxurious resorts. Once a winter attraction, it now draws summer visitors as well to its beaches and expanded mooring facilities. Business conferences are especially important. The social life of Monte-Carlo revolves around the Place du Casino. The casino was built in 1861, and in 1967 its operations were taken over by the principality. Banking and finance and real estate are other important components of the diverse services sector.
More than one-fourth of Monaco’s population is composed of French citizens, and a smaller but significant number are Italian, Swiss, and Belgian. Only about one-fifth of the population claims Monegasque descent. Most of the people are Roman Catholics. The official language is French.
The four sections, or quartiers, of Monaco are the town of Monaco, or “ the Rock,” a headland jutting into the sea on which the old town is located La Condamine, the business district on the west of the bay, with its natural harbour Monte-Carlo, including the gambling casino and the newer zone of Fontvieille, in which various light industries have developed.
In Monaco are the Roman Catholic cathedral, the prince’s Genoese and Renaissance palace, and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, built in 1910. The casino itself contains a theatre designed by the 19th-century French architect Charles Garnier, which is the home of the Opéra de Monte Carlo. During the 1920s many of the works of the famous Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev were given their premieres there. There is also a Monte-Carlo national orchestra. The best known of the automobile events held in the principality are the Monte-Carlo Rally and the Grand Prix de Monaco.
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- Princess Charlene of Monaco visited South Africa on a conservation trip
- The royal mother-of-two, 43, debuted a striking new shaved hairstyle
- Charlene was learning about the work being done by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa to help save rhinos from extinction
- She was last publicly pictured with her husband Prince Albert in January this year
- He is in Monaco alone with their twins, while an 'infection' has prevented Charlene from returning
Published: 14:20 BST, 3 June 2021 | Updated: 21:26 BST, 3 June 2021
Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a dramatic new shaved hairstyle on her recent conservation trip to South Africa.
The 43-year-old wife of Prince Albert showcased the 'French crop' hairdo - featuring a longer strip on top of the head and dramatically shaved back and sides - in snaps shared on her charity's Instagram page.
She has not been pictured publicly with her husband since late January and she's believed to have travelled to South Africa in mid-March.
However, she did post a snap of the family together at Easter on April 2. It's unknown whether they joined her in South Africa or whether she returned to Monaco and flew back out again in May for her rhino conservation trip.
The royal, who is mother to six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella, first stepped out with a dramatic half-shaved head in December 2020 but has since gone even shorter and bolder with the cut.
It is understood that Charlene remains in South Africa after being struck down with an ENT (Ear, nose and throat) infection 'that does not allow her to travel'.
It's been a tumultous start to the year for the royal, after news emerged that her husband is facing a paternity suit over a love child born in the early years of their relationship.
Bold: Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a dramatic new shaved hairstyle on her recent conservation trip to South Africa. The photos were shared on her charity's Instagram account
Passionate: Charlene, who was raised in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, travelled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about being done by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa to help save rhinos
'Emotional': The princess took part in conservation operations including rhino monitoring and tracking, deployment with the Anti-Poaching Unit, educational wildlife photography sessions, and a White Rhino dart and dehorning exercise (pictured)
When did Princess Charlene travel to South Africa and when was she last seen with her husband?
January 27 - Charlene is pictured with Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco.
March 18 - Charlene is pictured at the memorial for the late Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, South Africa
April 2 - Charlene posts an Instagram picture of herself, Albert and their twins Jacques and Gabriella for Easter.
It is unknown where the image was taken.
May 8 - Albert, Jacques and Gabriella attend a Grand Prix event in Monaco
May 10 - Albert attends Monaco Gala Awards in Monaco
May 18 - Charlene shares her first picture from her conservation trip in South Africa
June 1 - Prince Albert II, Jacques and Gabriella attend event at Oceanic Museum in Monaco
June 3 - New photos emerge of Charlene on her conservation trip
The palace were forced to comment on the princess's whereabouts ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, which she had been due to attend in Albert.
Instead the prince attended with their children.
It appears Charlene has still yet to return from South Africa as Albert stepped out without his wife on Monday for a visit to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco with their twins.
The 62-year-old prince, who already supports two illegitimate children, is alleged to have had a relationship with a Brazilian woman which resulted in a daughter in 2005.
The claim, which his lawyers dismissed as a 'hoax', is particularly painful as he was dating Charlene at the time, having met the former Olympic swimmer in 2000.
The 34-year-old claimant – who cannot be named for legal reasons – says she had a passionate affair with Albert, leading to the birth of their daughter – whose name is also classified – on July 4, 2005.
Albert received a handwritten letter from the child, who is now 15, in September last year reading: ‘I don't understand why I grew up without a father, and now that I have found you, you don't want to see me.’
Legal papers were also filed, as lawyers for the claimant called on Albert to undergo a DNA test – just as he did before finally being identified as the father of two illegitimate children born in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In January, Charlene spoke publicly for the first time since the allegations, telling Point de Vue: 'When my husband has problems, he tells me about it. I often tell him, "No matter what, no matter what, I'm a thousand percent behind you. I'll stand by you whatever you do, in good times or in bad."
The mother-of-two went on to say she also often tells her husband she will 'protect him' and will 'always be by his side.'
Charlene, who was raised in South Africa and represented the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, travelled to Thanda Safari in KwaZulu-Natal to learn more about being done by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa to help save rhinos from poachers.
The princess took part in conservation operations including rhino monitoring and tracking, deployment with the Anti-Poaching Unit, educational wildlife photography sessions, and a White Rhino dart and dehorning exercise.
Photos of Princess Charlene with the animals and rangers were shared on Instagram.
Taking a look at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is the resplendent official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Prince Albert II, and of his wife, Princess Charlene and their twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.
Although Monaco has existed since ancient times, it wasn’t until 1191 that a residence was built – initially as a fortress of the Genoese granted by the German Emperor Henry IV to protect the coastline from pirates.
Genoa was a wealthy nation in the 12th century, as its people were merchants and often acted as bankers for other nations. But, per the Monegasque Princely Family’s official website, “When the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II… challenged the authority of Pope Innocent IV, the Genoese divided into two parties: the Guelphs sided with the pope and the Ghibellines with the German Emperor. The Grimaldis belonged to the Guelphs…”
Eventually, in the late 13th century, the Ghibellines won and ousted the Guelphs (and the Grimaldis) from Genoa. But in January 1297, François Grimaldi disguised himself as a monk and sought refuge at the fortress. He murdered the guard, and his men came to help him capture the fortress. For the next 30 years, the fortress was fought over, and in 1341, the first Lord of Monaco, Charles I began his reign.
In the 1400s, the Grimaldi Family purchased Monaco and became the official owners and rulers of the Principality. Monaco was a protectorate of France until the French Revolution in 1814. In 1815, the Kingdom of Sardinia took over as protectorate. In 1860, Monaco became a French protectorate again, until 1918 when the Franco-Monegasque Treaty limited the protection.
It wasn’t until the reign of Honore I in the 1500s that the fortress on the Rock of Monaco was transformed into something resembling a palace, and this is what the modern version of the Prince’s Palace is based upon.
“In the courtyard, architect Dominique Gallo designed a portico with two double-decked galleries, each with twelve arches, with white marble balustrades on the upper gallery, which is known as the Gallerie d’Hercule,” reads the Princely Family’s official website.
“A new wing was constructed on one side of the courtyard, and Genoese painter Lucas Cambiaso was commissioned to paint frescoes on the walls.”
A new tower was built and reinforced with additional towers and a cistern that could hold 3,963 gallons of water – enough to provide 1,000 soldiers for a 648-battle.
Over the ensuing centuries, the Sovereign Princes of Monaco updated the Prince’s Palace to include and expand the State Apartments and State Rooms, art collections, and other additions.
Prince Rainier III is credited for restoring the Prince’s Palace to its glory, and shortly after his accession, he began a full-scale restoration and renovation project.
“Many of the external frescoes on the courtyard were restored, while the south wing, destroyed following the French Revolution, was rebuilt,” reads the Prince’s Palace Wikipedia entry.
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is open to visitors during the summer months, closing in October every year. Prince Albert II uses the Palace for official functions, receiving Monegasques in the Gallery and using the State Apartment for official receptions and for the annual Christmas Party for Monegasque children.
The courtyard is used by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra for open-air concerts and has been since 1960.
In the court of honor, a horseshoe-shaped staircase inspired by the one in Fontainebleau leads to the main entrance of the palace and the open Gallery of Hercules. Then on the way to the throne room, visitors walk along an enfilade of rooms and galleries: the long Mirror Gallery which was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles is followed by the Officer’s Room and then by the Blue Room, a large drawing room decorated with blue brocade. The ultimate room at the end of the ceremonial route is the Throne Room with ceiling frescoes painted by Orazio de Ferrari depicting the surrender of Alexander the Great. The throne was made in the Empire style and is placed beneath a red silk canopy topped with a gilt crown. The throne room has host state ceremonies since the 16th century.
The State Apartments feature lavish furnishings and expensive works of art, marble floors and stairways, Renaissance ceiling frescoes, and panelled walls. The state apartments and the throne room can be visited on a guided tour.
The State Apartments are “inlaid in marble with mosaic designs including the double R monogram of Prince Rainier III. The Florentine and Bouille furniture is from the reign of Francois I,” according to the family’s official website.
“The walls are draped in silk brocade and damask and hung with royal portraits executed by well-known artists…all these attest to the devotion to art that is constantly being renewed.”
The State Apartments include:
– The Red Room, which is “furnished in the style of Louis XV” and features art by Jan Breughel, Mignard and Charles Le Brun.
– The York Room, named after the Duke of York (brother of King George III), who died in Monaco in 1787. The Room features frescoes that highlight the four seasons, done by Gregorio de Ferrari and royal portraits
– The Yellow Room, also known as the Louis XV bedroom, and features period furniture and tapestries.
– The Officers Room, which is used by the Protocol Office
– The Blue Room, which is used for the official receptions and is named for the blue silk brocade that lines the walls, and features Grimaldi portraits and Venetian chandeliers.
– The Throne Room, where all official ceremonies take place
– The Mazarin Room, which features “ornate Italian woodwork done by Italian artists brought to France by the Cardinal,” explains the family’s website
– The Louis XII Bedroom
– The Matignon anti-room
– The State Hall, connecting the eastern and southern wings of the Palace, and which leads to the dining room and the Private Apartments with a marble staircase.
Prince Albert II of Monaco just tested positive for the coronavirus. Here's a look at the life of the royal family, who rules over one of the world's richest countries and lives in a 12th-century palace.
Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for the coronavirus, the palace announced on social media on Thursday.
The prince was tested at the beginning of the week and continues to work from his private apartments, the palace said in a press release. His state of health shouldn't cause any concern, the statement added.
Monaco, a tiny city-state on the French Riviera, is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. A whopping 32% of the population is made up of millionaires.
Known as a "Billionaires' Playground," Monaco is famous for its lavish wealth, casinos, and glamorous events, such as the Monaco Yacht Show and the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ruling over this small yet rich city-state are the Grimaldis, the Monaco royal family headed by Prince Albert II, the son of Prince Rainier III and the actress Grace Kelly, who died in a car accident in 1982.
Prince Albert is worth an estimated $1 billion and owns about a quarter of the land he reigns over, according to GoBankingRates, making the Monaco royal family one of the wealthiest in the world. He married Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer and teacher from South Africa in 2011, and the couple shares two children. The prince also has two other children, who were born out of wedlock.
Hercules, mythical founder
The tenth labour of Hercules (to take possession of the giant Geryon’s cattle and bring them back) provided the half-god with the opportunity to put up the pillars which bear his name and close off the Mediterranean (strait of Gibraltar).
After having accomplished this task, he returned to Greece via the northern shore of the Mediterranean. When he was passing through Liguria, Hercules forged a path and built the Rocher.
The Mediterranean path, which already bore his name in the 4th century B.C., was probably punctuated by little oratories located near to inhabited areas. During Christianisation, these oratories may have been replaced by chapels dedicated to saints. The old temple of Hercules could therefore be on the site of the current Saint Devota church (though recent research suggests that it could have towered above the Trophy of Augustus in La Turbie).
Running alongside the Main Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace, the Hercules gallery in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco was a desire of Prince Honoré II, in memory of his son Hercules, who died in an accident in 1651, and in memory of the mythical founder of Monaco. The gallery is beautifully decorated, with frescoes which are dedicated to the half-god and works by the Genoese painter Orazio Ferrari.
The Prince’s Palace, Monaco
Located atop “Le Rocher” (the rock) in Monaco-ville, The Prince’s Palace is the home of The Sovereign Prince of Monaco and his family, as well as the seat of the Monegasque monarchy. It has been home to the Grimaldi family for over 700 years.
The Palace began as a Genoese fortress built in 1191. In 1297, Francois Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, managed to gain entrance and took control of the fortress. Thus began a long history of the Grimaldi family, who eventually became Lords, and then Princes, of Monaco.
Over the next 650 years, the palace transformed through the addition of buildings and wings, becoming more of a place, and less of a fortress. Much of this took place during the reign of Honore I (1523-1581), who built much of the existing palace. Honore II, the first Prince of Monaco (1604-1662), added the eastern wing which overlooks the Palace Square and extended the State Apartments, as well as building the beautiful staircase in the courtyard. He also began the extensive collection of art and tapestries which adorn the palace.
By the time of the accession of Prince Rainier III in 1949, the palace was in need of major repair and restoration. Rainier undertook the massive project, and along with his wife, Princess Grace, turned the palace into the royal showplace that we know today. In addition to overhauling all of the state and official rooms, he also rebuilt the formerly demolished southern wing which houses the private apartments.
Religious wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in the palace courtyard, July 2011. source: The Daily Mail
The palace today is the working home of the Prince and Princess and is where all official ceremonies and functions take place. In addition, the people of Monaco are often invited to the palace on special occasions. Each year, the annual children’s Christmas party is held in the palace courtyard, as well as concerts of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. The palace courtyard was also the site of the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in 2011.
On the southern side of the courtyard is the magnificent double-revolution staircase, inspired by the staircase at the Palace of Fontainebleau in France. At the top of the Staircase is the Hercule Gallery which runs the length of the courtyard, and is adorned with frescoes of mythological figures, from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The State Rooms, located in the southern wing, begin with the Hall of Mirrors, which is used for visiting royalty and Heads of State. Inspired by the Mirror Gallery at Versailles, the room’s mirrors give the impression of much larger space.
The Red Room, adorned with red silk brocade, is decorated in the Louis XV style and leads to the York Room. The York Room is a state bedchamber which gets its name from Prince Edward, The Duke of York and Albany (younger brother of King George III of the United Kingdom). The Duke was aboard a ship bound for Genoa when he fell ill in the summer of 1767. The ship took port in Monaco and the Duke was brought the palace, where he died in this room on September 17, 1767. The York Room contains the marble mosaic table which is used to sign all official documents by the Sovereign Prince.
The Officer’s Room is used by court officials to greet guests before an audience with the Prince. It adjoins the Blue Room, adorned with blue silk brocade, which is used for official receptions.
The Throne Room, in preparation for the civil marriage ceremony of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, July 2011. source: The Daily Mail
The Throne Room has been the site of all state ceremonies since the 16th century. The throne sits on a dais beneath a red silk canopy, surmounted by a gilt throne. The frescoes in the room depict the surrender of Alexander the Great. The Throne Room was the site of the civil marriage ceremony of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in July 2011. The photo above shows the marble mosaic table which is normally kept in the York Room.
Other rooms include the Mazarin Room, the Louis XII bedchamber and the State Hall, which connects the eastern and southern wings of the palace and leads to the dining room and the private apartments of the Princely family.
This link to the official site of the palace includes photos of several of the State Rooms.
When Grace Kelly refused to meet the Prince of Monaco
All that remained for them was to persuade Grace to come to Monaco. Olivia de Havilland decided to talk with the actress before arriving on the Côte d’Azur. Despite the attractive offer, Grace behaved professionally, saying that she needed to coordinate the meeting in Monaco with her studio, which sponsored her trip to France.
Having received the consent of Grace to meet with Prince Rainier, Pierre Galante called the actress, saying that the Prince expected her by 4 o’clock. However, she … refused. It turned out that at almost the same time in Cannes she had to attend a cocktail in honour of her movie. So the Princely Palace had to move the meeting back an hour, and given that flexibility the actress agreed.
Princess Charlene of Monaco has been candid about raising children
In December 2014, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene welcomed their first children, twins Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie and Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier. In an interview with a French magazine translated by the Daily Mail, Princess Charlene said her twins were "the 'boss' now" and continued, "They are beautiful, adorable, I'm crazy in love with them."
In 2019, Princess Charlene gave an interview to French magazine Point de Vue, where she noted that raising the twins can be "exhausting" (via People). An understandable sentiment, as raising one toddler can be difficult enough at times, let alone two. However, the princess also said of motherhood, "I discover, I learn. I find it marvelous following their evolution, accompanying them on this path." She also noted that Prince Albert II was "a remarkable, wonderful, fun father a dad who listens and encourages his children."