HSH Prince Albert II went to the National Museum of the Légion d'Honneur and its Orders of Knighthood in Paris on Wednesday 16 May for La berline de Napoléon, le mystère du butin de Waterloo (Napoleon's carriage, the mystery of the loot from Waterloo), an exhibition dedicated to the Emperor Napoleon I's decorations and personal effects seized by the victorious troops after the battle of Waterloo.
After a detachment of the Republican Guard paid Him honours, the Sovereign was greeted by General Jean-Louis Georgelin, Grand Chancellor of the Légion d'Honneur.
Attentive to the detailed explanations proffered by Anne de Chefdebien, the Museum of Curator, the Prince admired the many items on loan, some from the Palace of Monaco, including several decorations in the Musée du Souvenir Napoléonien collection.
The Sovereign then visited the room dedicated to the Légion d'Honneur, with the Grand Collar of the Grand Master presented to the new President the day before by General Georgelin, then the room displaying foreign Orders, including two sashes for the Monegasque Orders of Saint Charles and Grimaldi. HSH the Prince then went into the room dedicated to the Orders of the Ancien Régime or Royal Orders to which many Princes of Monaco belonged.
The visit ended with a reception in the rooms of the former Hôtel de Salm, followed by a private audience between the Sovereign and the Grand Chancellor.
HSH the Prince was accompanied by HE Sophie Thévenoux, Ambassador for the Principality to France, and Laurent Anselmi, Secretary General for the Chancellery of the Order of Saint Charles.
Alongside General Jean-Louis Georgelin, General Henri Laporte-Many, Director of Cabinet, and M. Yves Minjollet, Director of the Museum, were present in addition to Anne de Chefdebien.