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April 27, 2011

Visit by H.S.H the Prince to Saint-Lô

H.S.H. Prince Albert II will travel to Saint-Lô in Normandy on Wednesday
27 April to commemorate the recent acquisition of the bust of Françoise de Doillon du Lude, wife of Marshal Jacques II of Matignon, by the Principality of Monaco.

 Picture : Visit by H.S.H the Prince to Saint-Lô

The Sovereign will inaugurate the exhibition « La Normandie des Princes de Monaco: du Maréchal de Matignon au Prince Albert II » (The Normandy of the Princes of Monaco : from the Marshal of Matignon to Prince Albert II) at the Fine Arts Museum. He requested that the bust be presented during this event, dedicated to the presence of the Matignon family in Normandy.

The Sovereign will also travel to the town hall and then to the departmental Monument of the Resistance where he will lay a wreath, accompanied by the Prefect of the La Manche department, Mr Jean-Pierre LAFLAQUIERE, and by the Mayor of Saint-Lô, Mr François DIGARD.

H.S.H. the Prince will then visit the Notre-Dame Church of Saint-Lô and the Castle of Torigni-sur-Vire, the stronghold of the Matignon Family.
A commemorative plaque will be unveiled there in the presence of the Mayor of Torigny-sur-Vire, Mrs Anne-Marie Cousin.

The Grimaldi and Matignon families were united in 1715, following the marriage of Jacques IV of Matignon to Louise-Hippolyte Grimaldi. Jacques IV of Matignon, who reigned as Prince of Monaco under the name of Jacques I, assembled large collections of works of art at the Castle of Torigni-sur-Vire and at the Hôtel Matignon in Paris.

Today, the Museum of Saint-Lô contains more than sixty works from these collections.


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