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Visit by H.S.H. the Prince to Sicily

From 9 to 11 October 2017, H.S.H. Prince Albert II was in Sicily for a friendly visit with historical and environmental motivations.

At the University of Palermo, the Sovereign Prince received the insignia of Doctor Honoris Causa in Marine Ecology, a distinction justified by His Foundation’s initiatives for conservation of the environment and the oceans.

On 9 October, the Prince visited the Teatro Massimo, the third largest opera house in Europe after Paris and Vienna, as well as the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi with the tombs of the Sicilian branch of the Grimaldi family, Princes of Santa Caterina.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II attended a gala evening at Palazzo Mazzarino for the Italian branch of the Prince Albert II Foundation, in the presence of its President Maurizio Codurri and HE Bernard Fautrier.

Prince Albert also visited several other cities linked to the past of the Grimaldi family, some of whose branches, all of Genovese origin, settled in Sicily.

In each of these cities, H.S.H. the Prince was greeted with enthusiastic fervour by the hundreds of people who came to meet Him.
H.S.H. the Prince was made honorary citizen of the towns of Santa Caterina Villarmosa and Mazzarino.

In Modica, where Agostino Grimaldi settled in the 16th century, the Sovereign Prince visited in particular the Grimaldi Foundation, which supports cultural and social initiatives for young people to promote scientific research.

H.S.H. the Prince visited several sites and monuments bearing the red and white emblem ― fusily argent and gules ― attesting to the Grimaldi ancestors’ common roots in Sicily. He encouraged the cities to join the Grimaldi de Monaco Historic Sites Association founded in 2015.

Visit by H.S.H. the Prince to Sicily