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Trip by HSH Prince Albert II to Morocco

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will be in Rabat and Agadir from 5 to 7 March 2014. This trip will be an opportunity for the Sovereign Prince to visit projects supported by the Principality's Department of International Cooperation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, as well as to highlight the longstanding ties of friendship between the Principality of Monaco and the Kingdom of Morocco.

On 5 March, HSH Prince Albert II will inaugurate an exhibition on Prince Albert I's travels to Morocco in the late 19th century. It is held at the Bab Rouah Gallery in Rabat until the end of April, before going to the Archives of Morocco until the end of July. From his scientific expeditions, the Sovereign's great-great-grandfather brought back many photographs and writings, valuable historical and ethnographic records of the Cherifian Kingdom. In 1897, Prince Albert I filmed what were surely the first moving images of Morocco, restored for this occasion. The exhibition, under the patronage of both Sovereigns, Moroccan and Monegasque, results from close collaboration between the Prince's Palace Archives with the Archives of Morocco, in cooperation with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Principality's Audiovisual Archives. A partnership convention will be signed on this occasion. HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, King Mohammed VI's younger brother, and Mohamed Amine Sbihi, the Kingdom's Minister of Culture, will accompany the Sovereign Prince for this event.

On 6 March, the Sovereign will visit the archaeological site of Chellah, of great interest to Prince Albert I, with the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Sala and the necropolis of the Merinid Royal Dynasty of Morocco, before going to the Orient-Occident Foundation, a partner of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and AMSAT (Moroccan Association for Support and Assistance to People with Down's Syndrome), a partner of the NGO Handicap International.

On 7 March, HSH the Prince will visit Souss-Massa National Park to observe the successful reintroduction of the Northern Bald Ibis, a critically endangered species, supported by the Prince Albert II Foundation. He will then go to Agadir, to a medical centre dedicated to special education partly funded by the Principality's Department of International Cooperation.

Trip by HSH Prince Albert II to Morocco