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michelle 11-14-2003 09:58 AM

A Retrospective: National Day - Monaco

The Ceremonial goes back to the time of Charles III when Monaco was becoming a modern state. At this tome the National Day was on Noveber 4th, the day of Saint-Charles.
So with every ruling soverein the day changed to his respective day of Saint.
Since 1951 now the Monégasque National Day is celebrated on November 19th, the day of Saint Rainier d'Arrezzo.


Like in all the countries around the world the National Day is to honor and celebrate the national traditions and the identification.
Monacos monarchie is since 7 centuries the basis for pride, tradition and identification.
At this very day all Monégasques and inhabitions of Monaco gather around the Prince Souverein, Head of State, and his family.

Traditions and festivities:

National Tradition: Honoring of the Minister of State and his work; Parade of troops

Religious Tradition: 'Messe d'action ae de grâce' in the cathedral of Monaco to underline the identification with the Catholic Religion.

Celebrating Traditions: Soiree de Gala, Spectacles, Happenings for the countries children,fireworks

Social Traditions: Destrebution of presents to less priviliged people, people in hospital or ill in any other way and older people , by the members of the princely family

This years programm:

Monday, November 17th:

10h30 Destribution of presents by H.S.H Prince Albert and H.S.H Princess Stephanie at the Monégasque Red Cross.

15h30 Destribution of Medals for Physical education and Sports by H.S.H Prince Abert at the 'Minestère d'Etat'

Tuesday , November 18th:

09h45 Destribution of Medals of the 'Mérite National du sang' by H.S.H Prince Albert

10h30 Destribution of honoring Medals of the Monaco Red Cross by H.S.H. Prince Albert

11h30 Des. of the honoring Medals of the 'Mérite Culturele' by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover

14h30 Des. of presents to older people by H.S.H. Prince Albert and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie in the 'Foyer Rainier III'

17h15 Des. of honoring Medals of the 'Ordre de Saint Charles' and ' Ordre Grimaldi' by H.S.H. Prince Rainier and H.S.H. Prince Albert

18h00 Reception at the 'Palais Princier' (after personal invitation)

21h00 Fireworks at the 'Port Hercule'

Wednesday, November 19th :

10h00 'Messe d'action de grace' in the catherdal with the princely family to be present

11h15 Des. of honoring Medals to the National Forces and Security Forces and the Palaces employees by H.S.H. Prince Rainier

11h30 Official appearence of the princely family on the indows of the 'Palais Princier' and Parade

12h00 Official lunch at the Palais Princier (after personal invitation)

20h30 Soiree de Gala at the Grimaldi forum (after personal invitation)

michelle 11-14-2003 11:45 AM

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Princess Stephanie and Daniel Ducruet 1995

Prince Rainier and Prince Pierre

Princess Caroline with Princess Charlotte and Prince Pierre

Princess Stephanie with Prince Louis

The Princesses Stephanie and Caroline with Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:31 PM

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National Day 1938

From dpa

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:32 PM

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National Day 1949

From Viennareport

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:33 PM

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National Day 1958

From Viennareport

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:34 PM

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National Day 1962

Viennareport and Worldroots

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:35 PM

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National Day 1966

Viennareport, ACI online

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:36 PM

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National Day 1967

dpa, ACI online

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:37 PM

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National Day 1968


tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:38 PM

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National Day 1971

ACI online

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:38 PM

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National Day 1972

ACI online

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:39 PM

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National Day 1975


sebastian 08-26-2005 05:40 PM

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Wow, tbhrc :) great pictures

I found some more:

1. Andrea wearning uniform of the 'Sapeurs-Pompiers' (scanned)
2. Caroline and her children (scanned)
3. Stephanie and Daniel with Charlotte (sipa)
4.Christian and Ernstie ( sipa)
5.Stephanie and Pierre (scannned)

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:40 PM

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National Day 1978


tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:41 PM

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National Day 1980

Getty Images

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:42 PM

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National Day 1983


tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:43 PM

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National Day 1984

Profimedia, Viennareport

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:44 PM

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National Day 1985

sebastian 08-26-2005 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by tbhrc
National Day 1971

ACI online

Have you noticed how much Albert looks like Louis here

tbhrc 08-26-2005 05:45 PM

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National Day 1986


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