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Trip by H.S.H. Prince Albert II to New Aquitaine

As part of a series of visits to regions with historic ties to His family, H.M.S.H. Prince Albert II went to New Aquitaine on 4 - 5 July, 2017.

On Tuesday 4 July, H.S.H. the Prince arrived in Duras, a small community in Lot-et-Garonne to unveil a plaque in the 15th century hall, in homage to “Louise-Félicité de Monaco” whose grandfather, Emmanuel-Félicité de Durfort, was Duke of Duras. Born in 1759, She married the future Prince Honoré IV of Monaco in 1777.

The visit continued with an official ceremony in the courtyard of the Château de Duras in front of a population which had come in numbers to welcome the Prince.

On Wednesday 5 July, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince started His visit to Bordeaux at the exhibition on display at the Archives of Bordeaux Metropole on the theme “Montaigne-Matignon” conducted with the collaboration of the Palace archives. He was welcomed by Mme Virginie CALMELS, Deputy Mayor and Vice-Chair of Bordeaux Metropole and Mr. Pierre DARTOUT, Prefect of Gironde.

He then went to the former City Hall, today a place of prayer for the community of Dominicans, to unveil a commemorative plaque there, testimony of the presence of Jacques de Matignon during his tenure.
 
Then, in His speech at the City Hall, H.S.H. the Prince observed that Bordeaux had three former Mayors among His ancestors: Jean de Durfort from 1480 to 1495, Jacques II de Matignon in 1585 who succeeded Michel de Montaigne then Charles de Matignon, Mayor of Bordeaux for 2 years on the death of his father in 1597.
He also emphasised that today, “the city of Bordeaux is oriented towards modernity and the promotion of clean energies.”

In the afternoon, H.S.H. the Prince was welcomed by Mr. Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux for a visit of the Cité du Vin, an innovative location dedicated to wine as a cultural, universal and living heritage.

Trip by H.S.H. Prince Albert II to New Aquitaine