This exhibition shows the spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly, one of the most popular actresses of the 1950s. Featuring dresses from her films including High Society and Rear Window, as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar in 1955, the display will examine Grace Kelly's glamorous Hollywood image and induring appeal.
It will also explore the evolution of her style as Princess Grace of Monaco, from the outfit she wore to her first meeting with Prince Rainier in 1955 to her haute couture gowns of the 1960s and '70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves St Laurent.
This exhibition explores Grace Kelly's enduring appeal as a style icon, it features her film costumes, the much-publicised dresses made for her trousseau and wedding, and the French haute couture - a different kind of costume - that she required for her subsequent role as Princess of Monaco.
Ticket prices and booking details, exhibition opening times, how to reach the V&A, late night opening and access details.
Create your own iconic style with the V&A Shops choice of books, prints, fashion and accessories inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood including the sumptuously illustrated Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood's Princess, and beautiful prints of Grace Kelly for you to have in your own home.
To honour the Princess of Monaco, the Connaught is offering you the opportunity to win a weekend night for two. The prize includes accommodation in a Superior King-bedded room, a welcome bottle of Grand Marque champagne and English breakfast the following morning.
There is a wide range of events to complement the exhibition, including films screenings, a film and fashion study day, a short course on 1950s haute couture and practical worshops making Grace Kelly-inspired hats and scarfs.
The Board of Trustees of the V&A wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Prince's Palace, Monaco and the Grimaldi Forum for making this exhibition possible. The Museum is especially grateful for the generous support of Van Cleef & Arpels. Many other institutions and individuals have contributed and the Board is grateful to those.
PRINCE ALBERT OF MONACO DISCUSSES 2009 ANTARTICA TRIP AT MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (NEAR BOSTON) APRIL 13
**WATCH VIDEO OF THIS EVENT AT: http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/6208-antarctica-2009-a-continent-in-a-state-of-alert
His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, will be featuring his film, Antarctica 2009: A Continent in a State of Alert, and will be providing remarks about his 17-day trek to meet researchers and to learn about the scientific projects being conducted in Antarctica. His journey was facilitated in response to an invitation by the scientific community to ‘bring Antarctic Science to the public eye’, according to Jose Retamales, Director of the Chilean Polar Institute. A panel discussion and question and answer session will follow.
H.S.H. Prince Albert has travelled all over the world including visits to France, Italy, the United States, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and China. In these countries he was received by the principal heads of State and political and economic leaders. At the same time, he receives credentials from over fifty countries which now maintain diplomatic relations with the Principality. Since May 1993, the Prince has led the Monegasque delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations. Since the opening of the 48th Session in September 1993 in New York, His Highness has regularly taken the floor on behalf of the Principality of Monaco.
At the 36th Plenary Assembly of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM) held in the Principality from September 2001, representatives of the member states unanimously elected Monaco to head the Commission. The Prince, Head of the Monegasque delegation, chairs this Commission. Created at the beginning of the century on the initiative of Prince Albert I, the CIESM is an intergovernmental body with 23 member states, 20 of which are located along the Mediterranean coast. Its objectives are to promote multilateral international research and facilitate the exchange of information, in particular between countries on the north and south sides of the Mediterranean Sea. The CIESM cooperates with 500 specialised institutes. In October 2004, the Prince presided over the delegation of Monaco in Strasbourg for the official ceremony of accession of the Principality to the Council of Europe as the 46th member state of that organization.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II has proved to be particularly concerned with the Principality’s economic development in a spirit of ethics and transparency. He is committed to a policy of developing facilities and conducting major works, enabling in particular the construction of a new hospital (the Princess Grace General Hospital), the creation of community facilities (hotel school, new secondary school) on “abandoned” railway tracks and the launch of many operations, accommodating social housing and offices.
The Principality of Monaco to host "The 2010 Monaco Blue Oceans Initiative" to be held March 31, to April 1, 2010. For more details see: http://www.biomarine.org/PDF/mbi.pdf
The Principality of Monaco will also host events to coincide with the Intergovernmental Ocean Commission's (IOC) 50th Anniversary (From 1960 to 2010). Please see the IOC's 50th anniversary website at: http://oceanunited.net/IOC50thWebPage/IOC50thMain.html
Visit: http://oceanunited.net/IOC50thWebPage/IOC50thMain.html#MC to see Monaco's planned events for the IOC 50th anniversary.
Posted: March 4, 2010
|The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco prepares for its centenary year Press release n°1|
1910 – 2010
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, founded by Prince Albert I, gets ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Official celebrations will be launched on 29th March 2010
Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848 – 1922) displayed a veritable passion for the sea, even at a tender age, and embarked on his training to become an Officer in the Imperial French Navy in Lorient, aged 17.
His interest quickly grew for a science of which he laid the foundations, oceanography, and of which he said: “This work has filled the most beautiful years of my live by absorbing the best of me.” He thus led 28 research campaigns between 1885 and 1915 in the Mediterranean, the Azores, the islands of Cape Verde, in the Gulf of Gascony and in Spitzberg, aboard ships whose names have gone down in history: The Hirondelle, The Princess Alice, The Princess Alice II and then The Hirondelle II.
A modern prince, regardless of whether he was in Monaco or sailing across the oceans, the thought of what could contribute to the well-being of the Monegasques, to the blossoming and to the influence of the Principality never left his mind, not only on a diplomatic, technological and scientific level, but also from an artistic standpoint.
But the Prince Savant lacked a place where he could present the results of his campaigns, a heritage of exceptional wealth both in terms of science and art, a place which offered “oceanographic enthusiasts from anywhere (…) the means gathered for the progress of Science.”
And so the construction of the Oceanographic Museum began in 1899, a veritable “Temple of the Sea”. The most innovative techniques were employed during the works which were completed in 1910. The Oceanographic Museum was inaugurated on 29th March of the same year.
Loyal to his ideal, the founding Prince knew how to “bring together as one the two guiding forces of civilisation: Art and Science.” The building is 100 metres long attached to the sides of the famous Rock and rises more than 85 metres above sea level.
To celebrate the 100 years of the Museum and to continue its missions of knowledge and protection of the oceans, different events have been organised combining heritage, art and science and will be announced during a press conference to be held soon.
Arielle Barrabino Jean-Pierre Doria
Press Centre Press Centre
Tel: + 377 98 98 43 49 Tel: +377 98 98 22 02
Extracted from the website of the Government of the Principality of Monaco at: http://www.gouv.mc/304/wwwnew.nsf/1909$/7623ef90cec24e08c12576cb004d5b1agb?OpenDocument&2Gb
Date of Posting: March 4, 2010
§ 10 consulates accredited in the Principality and 11 new consulates of Monaco opened abroad.
§ 14 new embassies accredited in the Principality.
From an international point of view, 2009 was marked in particular by:
§ removal from the OECD's “grey list”
§ the end of the follow-up procedure concerning Monaco’s commitments within the Council of Europe
§ the very first election of Monaco to UNESCO’s Executive Board
§ commitment within the Union for the Mediterranean
§ and of course, the Principality’s involvement in the Copenhagen Summit.
The recent appointment of new representatives of the Principality abroad confirms the Government of Monaco’s desire to continue and intensify the development of the diplomatic network, bilateral and multilateral relations, international cooperation and sustainable development.
Consequently, four Ambassadors are increasing and consolidating Monaco’s presence on the international scene.
H.E. Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, permanent representative of Monaco to UNESCO in Paris. Following the Principality’s admission to UNESCO’s Executive Board on 14th October 2009, the Sovereign Prince decided to appoint an Ambassador whose sole mission will be to represent the Principality within UNESCO.
H.E. Mr Gilles Noghes has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada. His area of competence extends to the whole of North America as he initially represented Monaco in the United States. He now has under his authority the 3 Consulates of Monaco already present in Canada.
H.E. Mr Patrick Van Klaveren has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Spain.
Last but not least, in December 2009, the elevation of the Consulate to an Embassy resulted in the appointment of H.E. Ms Evelyne Genta as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Great Britain (Ms Evelyne Genta was appointed Consul General of Monaco in Great Britain in 2006).
By virtue of these appointments, the Principality benefits from additional support to tighten existing ties with the states and international organisations concerned.
All these measures will help Monaco to affirm its position on the international scene, according to the guidelines set out by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince.
For further information, contact the Department of External Relations on:
Tel : +377 98 98 89 04 - Fax: +377 98 98 85 54
2010-- The Vatican, Monaco & The UK: Pope Benedict XVI & The Princess Grace Exhibit To Travel From Rome to London/Oxford—A Pope & A Princess Promoting International Cultural and Diplomatic Understanding of the Catholic Faith in the Nation of Anglican Kings, Queens, Saints, Dreaming Spires and the Historic British Isles
According to Vatican and international news sources H.H. Pope Benedict XVI will execute his first pontifical visit, and the very first official papal visit of any pontiff in history to Great Britain in September 2010. Pope Benedict XV will be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who made a pastoral pontifical visit to the UK in 1982. According to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI’s first official visit to the UK is scheduled to extend from 16-19 September 2010. This visit qualifies as an official papal visit since it will be in response to a formal invitation extended to the Roman Pontiff by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his visit to the State of Vatican City in February 2009. Although the exact details of the visit have not yet been officially released by the State of Vatican City, which is working with the Archbishop of Westminster, Archbishop Vincent Nichols--who leads the Catholic Church in England and Wales--and his staff, to arrange details of the visit, media sources indicate that possible sites of special liturgical, ecclesiastical and/or pontifical events during the pope’s visit may include Westminster Cathedral, the Diocese of Birmingham, which was the diocese of the Anglican convert John Henry Cardinal Newman when he died, and whose beatification ceremony towards canonization for sainthood, is expected to be held by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010, and Oxford University.
The Holy See and the UK have enjoyed the benefit of formal diplomatic relations on and off since 1439. After a first break in relations formal diplomatic relations were restored nearly one hundred years after the 1815 Congress of Vienna in September 1914—the occasion being the pontifical election and coronation of Pope Benedict XVth. After a rupture of relations in 1534, full formal diplomatic relations were reestablished at the ambassadorial level in 1982, coinciding with Pope John Paul II’s UK papal visit. With the UK possessing the advantage of an apostolic nuncio, H.H. Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, resident in the capital city of London since December 2004, complemented by the high possibility of a papal consistory preceding the papal visit, which is expected to elevate England’s Archbishop Nichols to the College of Cardinals—since the former Archbishop of Westminster, Archbishop Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was elevated to the College of Cardinals during the papal consistory held in February 2001—the 4.2 million Catholics in England and Wales have much to celebrate with respect to their Catholic heritage, not the least being the added beneficence of an exhibition from the Catholic Principality of Monaco scheduled to be on tour in England from April through September 2010. Catholics visiting the UK in mid-September will possibly have the opportunity to attend both select papal events and the Princess Grace exhibit.
Though in Rome until February 28, 2010, the exhibition “Grace Kelly: Style Icon” will be hosted at the Albert & Victoria Museum in London commencing April 17, 2010 until 26 September 2010. According the Museum, “the exhibition will feature, over 50 of Princess Grace’s outfits from her extensive wardrobe, including hats, jewelry and the famous Hermés Kelly handbag. These designs will trace the evolution of the Catholic princess as a fashion icon and will include dresses from her film High Society as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. The exhibit will also include film clips, posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette.” Prior to its exhibition in Rome, where it commenced on 15 October 2009, and will stay until February 28, 2010, this fascinating and incomparable exhibit has also been on exhibition in Doha, Paris and Moscow. The exhibition’s international debut was held in the Principality’s Grimaldi Forum from July to September 2007, receiving as many as 135,000 visitors. Though the Principality, a sovereign state and constitutional monarchy that has the Catholic Faith as its official state religion, does not have an embassy in London, it has long standing consular relations with the UK. The current Consul General of the Principality of Monaco is, interestingly, a woman diplomat, Mme. Evelyne Genta, who assumed the post in 2006. In October 2007 the Principality refurbished its London consular facility hosting a grand re-opening at which HSH Prince Albert II presided.
In December 2007, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death in 1982, the President of the Royal American Institute for the Study of Monaco & Monegasque International & Diplomatic Affairs, the first institute in the world exclusively dedicated to the field of Monegasque studies, Dna. (Lady) Maria St. Catherine, an Oxford University alumna and a pioneering European-born American scholar of Monegasque Studies, who is also a Roman Catholic ecclesial diplomatic scholar of Vatican/Holy See diplomatic affairs presented a special lecture, titled, “For the Love of a Nation: The Feminine Genius of the Leadership Legacy of Princess Grace of Monaco” on the sui generis leadership legacy of Princess Grace of Monaco for a women’s leadership conference in London with the theme, “Women in Public Life…Journey to Greatness.” While in London to highlight the unique leadership legacy of Princess Grace, Dna. Maria St. Catherine, who also serves as the Princess Grace International Diplomatic Scholar for the Royal American Institute for the Study of Monaco & Monegasque Affairs was granted a special tour of the Principality of Monaco’s new consulate offices in London.
There is no doubt that even after her death twenty-seven years ago last September, the late Princess Grace of Monaco still remains a Catholic royal icon of great interest to the world—and as the Sovereign Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King on earth, so too does the Catholic papal monarch, Pope Benedict XVI. Together, both events, the visit of Pope Benedict XVI and the Princess Grace exhibit will draw standing-room-only crowds in Great Britain as they continue to do in Rome, if for nothing else but for the cause of satisfying latent historical and cultural curiosity of the UK masses in an era of dying icons of sustaining truth and enduring beauty. For more information on the “Grace Kelly, Style Icon” exhibit at the Albert & Victoria Museum in London see the Museum’s website at “www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/future_exhibs/index.html.
Serene Ecclesial Lady, Dna. Maria St. Catherine De Grace Sharpe, Amb. du Christ (Oxon.), t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.,
Oxford Vatican Diplomacy Scholar & President, The Catholic Institute for the Study of Vatican/Holy See International & Diplomatic Affairs and President & Princess Grace International Diplomatic Scholar, The Royal American Institute for the Study of Monaco & Monegasque Affairs
Posted January 19, 2010
Traditional event (from January 26 2010 to January 27 2010)
Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th January: Celebration of the Festival of Saint-Dévote, Patron Saint of the Royal Family of the Principality of Monaco and the Diocese of Monaco
Traditional event (on January 27 2010)
Wednesday 27th January at 9.45am, Monaco Cathedral: Festivities for Saint Dévote: Welcoming of Relics by Members of the Clergy and the Venerable Archiconfrérie de la Miséricorde followed by Pontifical Mass at 10am and a procession through the streets of Monaco Town
The Christmas celebration is a classic philatelic theme renewed each year. In addition to its religious dimension, it represents a universal symbol of peace, love and harmony.
Prince Albert II, the sovereign head of state of the Catholic Principality of Monaco, who has made environmental and climate change diplomacy a key component of his global leadership, executed a month-long visit to Antarctica in January of this year to critically examine the impact of global warming on the South Pole, and founded the Prince Albert II Foundation in 2006 to promote "sustainable and equitable management of natural resources” and to encourage “the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions via research and studies, technological innovation and socially responsible investment tools with respect to climate change, biodiversity and water issues,” has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the “Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance” (“Antarctica Summit 2009”) to be held in Washington DC in November.
The international Antarctica Summit 2009 will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty by the twelve original signatories in 1959, in Washington, D.C. Antarctica Summit 2009 will be convened at the Smithsonian Institution, and held at the National Museum of Natural History, from Monday, 30 November to Thursday, 3 December, 2009 to, in accordance with the Smithsonian Institution’s website, “highlight lessons learned about international governance "with the interests of science and the progress of all mankind." Prince Albert received the UN Environment Program’s (UNEP) prestigious Champion of the Earth Award in 2008, and on October 23, 2009, received the second Roger Revelle Prize from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, located at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), for his efforts to support and communicate the crucial need to protect the environment on a global scale.” Prince Albert II’s keynote address will be delivered the first day of the summit, Monday, November 30th, after opening ceremonies chaired by Professor Paul Berkman, Chair of the International Board for the Antarctic Treaty Summit, and in collaboration with the day’s events, will explore the “origin, evolution and resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System that emerged from the success of the International Geophysical Year” under the theme of “Science as a Tool of Diplomacy in the Antarctic Treaty System.”
Since its signing on December 1, 1959, by the twelve original signatories and its entry into force on June 23, 1961, the Antarctic Treaty has provided an international political tool for the diplomatic management of ten percent of the Earth “for peaceful purposes” and to assist in the arbitration and adjudication of issues related to national claims of sovereignty. The Treaty is one of a number of international agreements which are often referred to as the “Antarctic Treaty System.” The other agreements comprising the “System” are, 1) The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (Madrid, 1991), 2) the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (CCAS, London, 1972); and 3) the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR, Canberra, 1980). The latter two agreements, though independent, contain provisions committing their Parties to essential parts of the Antarctic Treaty.
According to the Treaty’s Preamble, “The main purpose of the Antarctic Treaty, … is to ensure "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." According to the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat’s website, the number of signatory nations to the Treaty has grown from the twelve original signatory nations of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Russia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and the United States to forty-seven. As of December 2007 the other thirty-four treaty signatories included, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela. Monaco is the newest addition to the list of signatory nations. It became a signatory last year on 31 May 2008. The UK was the first sovereign state to ratify the Antarctic Treaty.
According to the Antarctic Treaty Summit website: “the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance will provide an unique international, interdisciplinary and inclusive forum for scientists, legislators, administrators, lawyers, historians, educators, executives, students and other members of civil society to openly:
Assess lessons learned from the Antarctic Treaty System during the past five decades that have legacy value for international governance in general; Reveal precedents for cooperative planetary-scale governance from one our civilization’s international spaces (i.e., outer space, deep sea and Antarctica); andEstablish broad public awareness around the world about the visionary goals, strategies and achievements that have emerged20from the Antarctic Treaty “in the interest of all mankind.”
As observed by the eminent polar explorer and scientist, Prof. Laurence Gould, during the Antarctic Treaty ratifications hearings in the United States Senate on 14 June 1960:
“The Antarctic Treaty is indispensable to the world of science which knows no national or other political boundaries, but it is much more than that… it is a document unique in history which may take its place alongside the Magna Carta and other great symbols of man's quest for enlightenment and order.”
The host sponsors of the Antarctic Treaty Summit include the Smithsonian Institution, the the University of California Santa Barbara (Bren School of Environmental Science & Management) and the University of Cambridge (Scott Polar Research Institute) in the United Kingdom. The Summit agenda includes participation by the world’s top U.S. and international experts on Antarctica, including: Ambassador R. Tucker Scully, Former Director, Office of Ocean Affairs, Department of State, and Chair of the 32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, United States; Dr. Susan Solomon, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States and winner of the 2009 Volvo Environment Prize, one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental experts for mapping the mechanisms underlying the hole in the ozone layer, Professor Mahlon Kennicutt II, President, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), United States, Dr. Karl Erb, Director, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, United States, Mr. Jan Huber, Current Executive Secretary, Antarctic Treaty Secretariat, Argentina, Ambassador Jorge Berguño, Council for Antarctic Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile; and Dr. Maj DePoorter, Chair, Antarctic Advisory Committee, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), New Zealand.
The Summit will also include a banquet dinner and the presentation of the 2009 Martha Muse Prize for Antarctic Policy and Research by Ms. Renate Rennie, Chairman and President, Tinker Foundation. For more information about the Antarctic Treaty Summit 2009 see the Summit’s website at http://www.atsummit50.aq/. The Summit's website also includes a section dedicated to the background, history and text of the Antarctic Treaty.
Other websites of interest on the Antarctica Treaty and Antarctica include:
Antarctica Treaty Secretariat (http://www.ats.aq/)
British Antarctic Survey (http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/)
The Antarctican Society (http://www.antarctican.org/) U.S.A.
The United States and Monaco enjoy excellent relations, which both countries seek to maintain and strengthen. From 1956 until her death in 1982, the American-born Grace Kelly was married to Prince Rainier III, Prince Albert's father.
On June 1, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Charles H. Rivkin of California to be U.S. Ambassador to France and to Monaco. Ambassador Rivkin was sworn in on August 3, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
On October 29, 2009, Ambassador Charles Rivkin presented his credentials to Prince Albert II of Monaco and was officially welcomed by the Prince as U.S. Ambassador to Monaco. Ambassador Rivkin is the second U.S. Ambassador to be accredited to the Principality of Monaco. During his meeting with the Prince, Ambassador Rivkin congratulated him on his recent acceptance of the Teddy Roosevelt Medal, presented by the U.S. Congress in acknowledgement of the Prince’s outstanding contribution towards environmental protection. While in Monaco, the Ambassador and his family also visited the Oceanographic Institute and Museum. The Museum, inaugurated in 1911, is one of the world’s premier oceanographic facilities, with 90 aquariums, 350 species from the Mediterranean, and collections of natural history, the history of sea exploration, and ethnography.