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Grand Apartments of the Prince's Palace

Exhibition "The Prince at home

From May 31, 2023 to August 20, 2023

The Archives du Palais and the Audiovisual Institute present, as part of the Grands Appartements itinerary, one hundred imagesThese are still and moving images of the sovereign's personality and work, taken at the palace and in his other places of residence, and set against rare objects and documents relating to them.

     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.

Curator: Thomas Fouilleron & Vincent Vatrican - Scenography: Cécile Degos



May 31, 2023

End :

August 21, 2023


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    Grand Apartments of the Prince's Palace

    Place du Palais 98000 Monaco - - Tel: +377 93 25 18 31