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National Holiday 2017

"La Fête du Prince", better known as the "Fête Nationale" (National Holiday), has been held since 1952 on 19 November, feast day of the Blessed Raniero (Rainier) of Arezzo, Prince Rainier III’s Patron Saint. On His Accession to the throne in 2005, H.S.H. Prince Albert II decided to keep this date for commemorating the Monegasque National Holiday.

As in all countries, the National Holiday is an opportunity for the community to celebrate its national identity and traditions. On this occasion, the Monegasque people and the inhabitants of Monaco gather around the Sovereign Prince, Head of State, and the Princely Family.

Last Sunday 19 November, festivities began in the Main Courtyard of the Palace of Monaco with a military review and medal ceremony, followed by Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedral of Monaco.

The Princely Family and the crowd assembled on Place du Palais then watched the military review and parade by the Public Order and Security Forces in the presence this year of a detachment of the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment of Montauban. H.S.H. the Prince granted the Ordre de la Couronne to the banner of the Compagnie des Carabiniers to mark the bicentennial of its creation.

The celebrations closed with a Gala performance of Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur at the Grimaldi Forum.



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National Holiday 2017