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michelle 04-06-2006 01:40 PM

Anniversary Masses for HSH Prince Rainier III
Here's a communiqué by the Palace about the mass which takes place this evening:

Messe à la memoire du Prince Rainier III le 6 avril 2006 en la Cathédrale de Monaco

Vendredi 31 mars 2006

Une messe à la mémoire du Prince Rainier III sera célébrée le jeudi 6 avril 2006 à 18h30 en la Cathédrale de Monaco, en présence de S.A.S. le Prince Souverain et des Membres de la Famille Princière.

L’accès à la Cathédrale sera réservé aux Monégasques et résidents de la Principauté, sur présentation d’une pièce d’identité ou d’une carte de séjour. L’ouverture des portes aura lieu à 17h15. Une tenue vestimentaire sombre est recommandée.

La cérémonie pourra également être suivie par les fidèles sur des écrans installés dans les églises Saint Charles, Sainte Dévote, Saint Martin et Saint Nicolas.


Nina8675 04-06-2006 02:11 PM

Great info Michelle !!:)

michelle 04-06-2006 02:13 PM

One more link:

tbhrc 04-06-2006 02:55 PM

First pics from the service - Reuters via YAhoo


Prince Albert II of Monaco (2nd R) and his sisters Princess Caroline of Hanover (2nd L) and Princess Stephanie (R) attend a mass for the first anniversary of Prince Rainiers' death at a Monaco cathedral April 6, 2006. On the left is Princess Caroline's husband, Prince Ernst August of Hanover. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:00 PM

Reuter via Yahoo


Princess Caroline's children (L-R) Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre Casiraghi attend a mass for the first anniversary of Prince Rainiers' death at a Monaco cathedral April 6, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nina8675 04-06-2006 03:00 PM

Those pics remind me bad moments !:(
thanks Tbhrc !

tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:07 PM

Reuter via Yahoo - Getty

tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:12 PM


tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:18 PM


tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:24 PM



Polfoto 06-04-2006 Prince Albert II of Monaco,center, with his sisters Princess Caroline of Hanover, left, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco leave the Cathedral of Monaco after a mass in memory of their father Prince Rainier III, Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Monaco. Prince Rainier III died on April 6, 2005 after grave illness in March 2005, and his only son Prince Albert, succeeded him. Before he died he was the 2nd longest reigning monarch with 56 years of reign. (AP Photo / Lionel Cironneau)

Reuter via Yahoo


Prince Albert II of Monaco (C) and his sisters Princess Caroline of Hanover (L) and Princess Stephanie (R) leave a Monaco cathedral after attending a mass for the first anniversary of Prince Rainier's death April 6, 2006.

tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:32 PM



Reuters via Yahoo

RADKER18 04-06-2006 03:34 PM

Tbhrc thank you for all the pics you are working overtime today lovely pics kinda sad both Caroline and Stephanie look great nice to see pics of them all together and casiraghi trio all looked nice .

tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:37 PM


Reuters via Yahoo


Nina8675 04-06-2006 03:45 PM

So touching !
thanks !

tbhrc 04-06-2006 03:55 PM

You're all welcome...

More from Reuters via Yahoo


FILIPA 04-06-2006 04:10 PM

Very sad! Thanks

michelle 04-06-2006 04:12 PM

Thank you , tbhrc, for posting all the photos....
They're a sweet family....just missing the little ones, Chris and Ernsti a bit....:)

lynda 04-06-2006 04:12 PM

Thank you so much for the pictures. It was a very touching.

mariacris 04-06-2006 04:21 PM

Thank you all for the pics.

paca 04-06-2006 05:45 PM

It was a very nice mass, which started with the little choir boys finishing the double R by putting each of them white roses in their proper place. THen the trio took over (people weren't very impressed by Andreas hairdoo - bit wild for MC cathedral ;)). Everyone was already very touched and Caro cried basically from beginning to end, whereas Steph seemed moved but very calm. At one point she mouthed the words to her family that yes she was ok. Some of the music was the same as during the funeral, especially PR favorite song about the little chapel which used to stand in the place of the cathedral. Antoinette wasn't there, but her daughter and granddaughter were there (hope she is ok- haven't seen her out and about roughly since January). They sat with the trio. Apart from PA being late as usual (people did not appreciate that at all and immediately evoked his dads disciplin), the trio arriving before the rest of them (Char didn't wear the head scarf when she arrived - it was arround her neck and she arranged it later), there isn't much to tell.

BTW it was transmitted directly to all MC churches and people were filing in from 17.30 onwards (it was alreay very busy when I got there - glad I had a safe seat ;)). There were a lot of former MC officials as well.

Anyway, nice mass. I'm sure he would have liked it - especially the beginning.

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