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Trip by HSH the Prince to the Territoire de Belfort and Haut-Rhin Departments

On one of His regular trips to regions with historic ties to His family, HSH the Prince visited the Territoire de Belfort and Haut-Rhin Department on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 June. These two regions’ links with the Grimaldi dynasty go back to the wedding of the future Prince Honoré IV with Louise d’Aumont-Mazarin in 1777.


On arriving in Belfort on 6 June, Prince Albert II was greeted by Florian Bouquet, President of the Departmental Council, to inaugurate the exhibition, "Territoire de Belfort at the time of Cardinal Mazarin", organised in partnership with the Palace of Monaco Archive. In the afternoon, He went to the foot of the Citadel to admire the monumental sculpture of the Lion of Belfort, symbol of the city’s Republican roots. A commemorative plaque was then unveiled on the former Hôtel Comtal, now a primary school. The official welcome by Damien Meslot, Mayor of Belfort and Deputy in the French National Assembly, took place in front of the Town Hall, in the presence of a very large crowd.


The Sovereign pursued with a visit to the commune of Giromagny, former Seigniory of Rosemont. The parvis in front of the church was renamed for the Princes of Monaco.



On Tuesday 7 June, in the town of Colmar, HSH the Prince wished to visit, in the company of the Mayor, Gilbert Meyer, the recently renovated Unterlinden Museum, where is displayed the famous Issenheim altarpiece, a masterpiece of Sacred Art from the early 16th century.


After a reception at l’Hôtel du Département du Haut-Rhin, where Eric Straumann, President of the Departmental Council and Deputy in the French National Assembly, recalled the various ties between the Principality and Alsace, Albert II then went to the commune of Issenheim, whose seigniory belonged to the Mazarin family, and which wanted to give the Sovereign’s name to the Esplanade of the old textile mill, today a business incubator. He ended the day in Thann, another former possession of cardinal Mazarin passed on to the Grimaldis at the end of the 18th century, where He was able to admire the superb collegiate church.


The Sovereign received a very warm welcome everywhere and, at each stop, spent time with the people who flocked around him in large numbers.


Trip by HSH the Prince to the Territoire de Belfort and Haut-Rhin Departments