Exhibition "The Prince at home
From May 31, 2023 to August 20, 2023
Prince Rainier III was truly at home at the Palace of Monaco. The first sovereign to be born here since Honoré IV in 1758, he devoted his entire reign to restoring and defending his country's identity. His life and reign are presented from three angles
First and foremost, that of the sovereign, in the exercise of his duties, who "papers over" at the palace, surrounded by his collaborators, celebrated every November 19 according to a very precise ceremonial. It is also in this place of sovereignty that distinguished guests are received, major political events take place, and the tradition of patronage of the arts by the Princes of Monaco is perpetuated. It's also where the prince's public image is patiently built up through the media.
Then there's the man himself, whose different homes correspond to the different stages of his life: the palace in Monaco, where he was born and grew up until his studies and the tumult of war; the villa "Iberia" in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, where the bachelor prince stayed until his marriage to Grace Kelly; the house in Rocagel, which he built for his family; and last but not least, the Château de Marchais, the historic home of the Grimaldis since 1854, the refuge of a lifetime.
The Prince's personal passions provide an insight into his personality and commitments. When he takes off his sovereign's uniform or his father's clothes, Rainier puts on his work smock and retires to his workshop, where he models wrought-iron sculptures.
Finally, we look back at the prince's great hours at the palace, from his apprenticeship years at the end of the Second World War, to the climaxes of the Franco-Monegasque crisis and the proclamation of a new constitution, not forgetting the great moments when he rallied the population.