State Visit to Ireland by His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco

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Civic Reception at City Hall


The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, will host a Civic Reception in City Hall, Dublin, in honour of His Serene Highness Prince Albert ll of Monaco, on Tuesday 5th April, 2011 at 11.00am.`

Prince Albert ll, accompanied by his fiancée Charlene Wittstock, will be received by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and will be presented with gifts designed by Irish artists.  

It gives me great pleasure to welcome His Serene Highness Prince Albert II to Dublin this morning. His visit marks the 50th anniversary of his parents visit to Ireland.   Prince Albert’s achievements in the sporting and environmental worlds are well documented. He is a wonderful ambassador for Monaco throughout the world combining the traditional role of Sovereign Prince with a modern outlook.”




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Dublin City Council Press Office: (01) 2222170




Notes to the Editor


The Prince will be presented with a Bog Oak Bird sculpture by Irish designer Tony Downey. A teardrop ceramic dish by Dublin designer Michele Hannon will be presented to Charlene Wittstock

The late Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace visited Ireland in 1961 when Princess Grace visited the birthplace of her grandfather John Kelly. Prince Rainier III opened the Irish Library in Monaco in 1984 as a tribute to his late wife and her love for her Irish heritage. The library includes the Princess's collection of Irish books, Irish-American sheet music, paintings by Jack B. Yeats and Louis le Brocquy. It also holds books inscribed to the Prince and Princess of Monaco by Eamon de Valera, former Irish President and independence leader.