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May 14, 2013

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s trip to the former Duchy of Valentinois

 Picture : H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco’s trip to the former Duchy of Valentinois

On 17th and 18th May, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will travel to Drôme to visit the Duchy of Valentinois, one of his ancestral* kingdoms.

In Chabeuil, the Prince will visit the old Hôtel des Princes and inaugurate the Place "Marie-Pelline Grimaldi of Monaco, maid of Chabeuil", the daughter of Antoine Ist of Monaco, who has remained famous thanks to the harpsichord piece written for her by the composer François Couperin.
In Montélimar, he will be received at the town hall, and visit the "Château des Adhémar" and the historic centre.
In Buis-les-Baronnies, he will take the "Promenade des Princes de Monaco" and explore the centre of this picturesque town.
In Crest, during the local medieval festival, he will travel through the old town and climb the famous tower.

In each of the municipalities visited, the Prince will meet local political dignitaries and the people.

* The Treaty of Péronne was signed on 14th September 1641 between the King of France Louis XIII and Prince Honoré II. This ended Spanish power over the Principality, the sovereignty of which would now be recognised and guaranteed by France. The Feudal tenure of several lands was promised and the Duchy of Valentinois was granted the following year. Even today, the Monegasque Sovereign still holds the title of "Duke of Valentinois".


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