Visit by Prince Albert II of Monaco to Dublin
News08 September 2021
Prince Albert II of Monaco signs the distinguished visitors book at Áras An Uachtaráin, where he is welcomed by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins.
On 3 September, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Dublin with his children, T.S.H. Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The visit marked sixty years since the visit by the Prince’s parents, Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, in 1961. That visit was the first official visit to Ireland by any Head of State since the foundation of the State.
Prince Albert II met with President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. He then visited Trinity College Dublin where he made a major donation to the conservation of the iconic Old Library (read more here). Prince Albert II also visited several iconic cultural venues in Dublin, including the Museum of Literature Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks). At Collins Barracks, the Prince launched the exhibition ‘Making and Momentum, In Conversation with Eileen Gray’ (read more here). The Prince was also given a tour of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in the presence of Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Monaco, Dr Michael Smurfit.
Prince Albert II has a strong attachment to his Irish roots and is a regular visitor to Ireland, travelling with his mother in 1961, 1976 and 1979. He has also visited Ireland as Head of State on a number of occasions, including informal visits in 2017 and 2019 and a State Visit in 2011