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

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will make a State Visit to Ireland from 4 to 6 April.  Prince Albert will be accompanied by his fiancée, Ms. Charlene Wittstock.

The President and Dr. McAleese will formally welcome Prince Albert to Ireland and will host a State Dinner in his honour. 

During the visit the Prince will attend events in Dublin and Galway, and will have meetings with the Taoiseach, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine and the Lord Mayor of Dublin. 

The programme for the Visit will reflect the long-standing ties between Ireland and Monaco.  It will also underline the potential for future cooperation in the areas of business, the environment, research, education, tourism and culture. 

Note for Editors

A Media Notice setting out the programme and associated media and accreditation arrangements is being circulated separately.

The State Visit by Prince Albert takes place 50 years after the visit of the Prince’s late father and mother, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace to Ireland in 1961.

The Prince will visit Trinity College in Dublin, where he will meet with representatives of CRANN (the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices), the School of Natural Sciences, the School of Engineering and the Science Gallery; and where he will participate in a podcast with faculty and invited guests.

The Prince will visit the redeveloped Docklands area in Dublin and the Irish Marine Institute in Oranmore, County Galway.

There is considerable potential to develop Ireland’s business and research links with Monaco, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, green energy, biodiversity and the marine environment.    Prince Albert will be accompanied by a delegation from the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development during certain events.

Monaco forms part of the EU Customs Territory and the Euro area.  It is a major banking centre and has successfully diversified into financial services.  It is a promising market for high value Irish goods, notably food and drink.

Prince Albert will also inaugurate an exhibition in honour of the late Princess Grace at Farmleigh House, where he will host a reception to highlight Irish literature and art. The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco, established in 1984, contains the personal collection of books and folk music of the late Princess, to which other valuable collections have been added. The Library has created a hub of Irish culture on the Mediterranean.