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Saint Dévote Celebrations 2021

On 26 and 27 January 2021, T.S.H. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, accompanied by Their children, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, attended the traditional celebrations for Saint Dévote, Patron Saint of Monaco and protector of the Prince’s Family.
On Tuesday 26 January, after the end of the ceremony for the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in Saint Dévote Church, Their Highnesses and Children set the boat ablaze from Quai Albert I on Monaco's Port Hercule. On Wednesday 27 January a mass was celebrated in Monaco Cathedral, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert and H.S.H. Princess Charlène. 

This year, given the health situation, a limited number of faithful attended the religious services with physical distance requirements adhered to and the boat, usually placed on the square in front of Saint Dévote church, was set ablaze from Quai Albert I.

Since 1924, in the reign of Prince Louis II, a boat has been set ablaze on the evening of January 26.

According to the legend, Dévote, a young Christian native of Corsica, was martyred by the Romans in the 4th century and her remains, placed in a boat, drifted to the current Port of Monaco.

From the 16th century onwards the Grimaldi dynasty promoted the cult of Saint Dévote in parallel with the affirmation of its sovereignty. Saint Dévote is the patron saint and protector of the Prince’s Family and the Principality.

Saint Dévote Celebrations 2021