On Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January 2017, the people of Monaco came together to celebrate Sainte Devote, the Patron Saint and protector of the Princely Family and the Principality.
On Thursday evening, HSH Prince Albert II and HSH Princess Charlene attended the Salvation of the Blessed Sacrament, a traditional mass in the Church of Saint Devote. Following this, a symbolic boat was burned in front of the church; this tradition dates back to 1924 under the reign of Prince Louis II.
The following day, after a ceremony at the Cathedral of Monaco, a procession of penitents made up the Archconfraternity of Mercy and arrived at the Palace where it presented the saint's relics to the Princely family on the Place du Palais.
The celebration of Saint Devote is one of the oldest traditions in Monaco and one that the Grimaldi dynasty has observed since the 16th century.