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THE PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO FOUNDATION USA MAKES A BIG SPLASH FOR DROWNING PREVENTION AND CHILDREN’S POOL SAFETY May 3, 2016

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The former Olympic swimmer champions water safety education by launching her foundation in the US and is honored for her commitment to the welfare of children through sport

LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2016 — On Wednesday, May 11, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco will launch the U.S. chapter of her foundation with an event at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica to highlight learningto-swim and water safety programs for youth. Along with U.S. Olympians Greg Louganis and Dara Torres, the Princess, a former Olympic swimmer, will be on hand with more than 40 local children, ages 8-13 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – Saint Anne School branch, to participate in the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation’s Challenge. Santa Monica’s Mayor Tony Vazquez will present a Mayoral Proclamation to the Princess to mark the occasion.

c17f9142-2bcc-4793-a955-48ba09d1b312“Around the globe, thousands of innocent lives are tragically lost to drowning every year. I am here to share with you how many lives we are saving – and how many more we can save, simply by training the trainers and by focusing on one person, one family, and one community at a time. Having spent years teaching underprivileged children to acquire basic water safety techniques around aquatic environments, I can only say that simple ideas are often the most effective,” said Princess Charlene.

In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated* that drowning claimed the lives of 372,000 people worldwide, which represents 42 people per hour or more than 1000 people per day (latest statistics available) – and that drowning kills more children than tuberculosis or measles. To combat these devastating statistics, Princess Charlene set up her foundation in 2012 which has implemented an international three-tiered mission focusing on learning-to-swim, water safety, and sport and education programs to educate children and young people – regardless of their origins, culture or circumstances – and to arrange amateur sporting competitions which encourage healthy, active lifestyles, the value of friendships and team spirit.

The foundation’s US board of directors includes, as president, H.E Maguy Maccario Doyle, Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States; Ms. Wallis Annenberg, president and CEO of The Annenberg Foundation; Mr. Greg Louganis, Olympic and world champion diver; and Ms. Dara Torres, Olympic and world champion swimmer.

Ambassador Maccario Doyle said, “It is a privilege, and indeed a pleasure, for me to support Her Serene Highness in the United States in her quest. We will work hard to promote water safety, sport and education programs, with a focus on the young, as well as the precious values of good sportsmanship like respect, teamwork and fair play. These values are central in Princess Charlene’s personal ethics. Her dedication to the safety and welfare of children, in particular, around the world is truly admirable and is to be applauded.”

“Princess Charlene has a unique and beautiful platform to engage kids with sports, and I’m honored by, and grateful to her, to help promote these values. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity, through the foundation, to help bring such important fundamentals into the lives of young people. Learning to swim can be life-saving, but is also a process that can be fun for the entire family,” said Mr. Louganis.

On May 12, the prestigious Blue Ribbon of The Music Center in Los Angeles, will honor the Princess with a special lunch at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in order to present her with a commemorative award in appreciation of her commitment to enriching the lives of children, and to acknowledge and welcome the launch of the US chapter of her foundation. The event entitled “Behind Palace Doors: A Conversation with Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco” will be held under the honorary chairmanship of Wallis Annenberg. Mary Hart, TV personality and former host of Entertainment Tonight will be mistress of ceremonies.  

The foundation’s US chapter launch is supported by the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach, the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – Saint Anne School branch, Dick and Noelle Wolf, Jacqueline Tesoriero, Renee Pepys Lowe, Larraine Segil, and Straps Unlimited, LLC. To learn more, please visit www.PCMFUSA.org and join us on Facebook.

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About the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA, Ltd. The US chapter is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in New York State in 2016 to further the goals of the parent foundation which was established by Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, to promote water safety, sport and education programs particularly for children and young people. This 501(c)(3) (pending) charitable organization will promote the benefits of sporting activities; teach children and adults basic swimming, water safety, first-aid and drowning prevention skills, and foster national or international amateur sports competitions. Since the parent foundation was set up in 2012, under the Princess’s presidency and the vice presidency of Monaco’s Sovereign, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, more than 100 water safety programs benefitting almost 100,000 people, mainly children, have been implemented in Monaco, South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Sudan, Serbia, Tanzania, Thailand, the USA, and Zimbabwe. http://www.fondationprincessecharlene.mc and http://www.PCMFUSA.org

Editor’s Note: Photography and videography of this event to be covered exclusively by Getty Images. Captioned images and video footage will be available after the event and by request to press contacts below. Interviews, by prior request to press contacts, will be available with the Foundation’s President, Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle, and board members Ms. Wallis Annenberg, Mr. Greg Louganis and Ms. Dara Torres.

Press Contacts: Pam Golum (The Lippin Group): pgolum@lippingroup.com 323-965-1990 Elle Berdy (Embassy of Monaco): eberdy@monacodc.org 917-689-7424 *Copied with permission from the publisher – Fact sheet N°347, April 2014, published by the World Health Organization (who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs347/fr)/

Alexandra Leigh-Hunt, daughter of Consul Henry Leigh Hunt, passes December 14, 2015

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Madame Leigh-Hunt was the last surviving of three daughters of Huntridge and Las Vegas Strip developer Henry Leigh Hunt and famed French author Louise de Vilmorin.

DECEMBER 7, 2015 — SAGHARBORONLINE.COM –//

“Alexandra Leigh-Hunt died peacefully in her sleep on December 2, 2015 in her home in Sag Harbor. Noted in equal measures for her elegance, the warmth of her hospitality and the conviction of her opinions, she was 85 years old and in failing health.

The middle of three daughters of Louise de Vilmorin, the noted French poet, and Henry Leigh-Hunt, an American entrepreneur and decorated veteran of the Battle of Belleau Wood, Ms. Leigh-Hunt was born on April 1, 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris. She bore the burden of April Fools with grace.” — see entire obituary

Henry Leigh Hunt with daughters Elena (standing) and Alexandra. circa 1930 | Alexandra Leigh-Hunt Collection

Henry Leigh Hunt with daughters Jessie (standing) and Alexandra. circa 1930 -Alexandra Leigh-Hunt Collection

Having won the Prince Pierre of Monaco Literary Award in 1955, Alexandra’s mother, Louise de Vilmorin, was invited to cover the 1956 wedding of  TTSSHH Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, in Monaco for Marie Claire Magazine.

She had recommended her former husband, globe trotting adventurer and Las Vegas property magnate Henry Leigh Hunt, to be Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas.  He had been appointed by Rainer III and confirmed by President Dwight Eisenhower in January, 1956, becoming the first Consul of Monaco and thereby opening the first consulate ever in Nevada.

Consul Jonathan Warren and Alexandra Leigh Hunt, Sag Harbor, Aug. 2013 | Consulate of Monaco Collection

Consul Jonathan Warren and Alexandra Leigh Hunt, Sag Harbor, Aug. 2013 Consulate of Monaco Collection

Alexandra was also the granddaughter of International empire builder Leigh S. J. Hunt, who first envisioned the Las Vegas Strip and attracted its first investors.

Consul Jonathan Warren was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have interviewed Ms. Leigh-Hunt, by her generous invitation in August of 2013, in Sag Harbor New York.  The interview provided critical information and photos which will be published in an article  in Las Vegas this spring.  A book will follow.

We at the Consulate were saddened to hear of the passing of Alexandra Leigh-Hunt.  Our condolences to the many family and friends mourning her loss and remembering her long and interesting life.

Fête du Prince sees expanded program for Monaco Consular Corps in the USA and Canada December 4, 2015

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The consuls of Monaco in the USA and Canada convened as usual for National Day celebrations in Monaco.  Under the leadership of Monaco’s Ambassador to the USA and Canada, H.E. Maguy Maccario-Doyle, the program for north American consuls included an additional day of behind-the-scenes tours and official meetings.

The new Honorary Consul of Monaco in Boston, Rina Spence, founder of the Spence Center for Womens Health among many other accomplishments, attended for the first time.

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1972 Obituary of Consul Henry Leigh Hunt March 25, 2014

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HENRY LEIGH HUNT

1886-1972

 

Henry Leigh Hunt, Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas, in 1929.

Henry Leigh Hunt, Age 43
Photo: Jonathan Warren Collection

The following is an exerpt from the obituary of Henry Leigh Hunt, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas from 1956 to 1963.  It is believed to have been written the end of December, 1972.  

 

Henry Leigh Hunt, 86, who died Thursday at the American Hospital in Neuilly was a descendant of both John Adams and Daniel Boone.  During his long and adventurous life, he showed many of the characteristics of each.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he became a blood brother of the last monarch of China, hunted for many months with a renegade Assiniboine tribe in Canada, lived on a cotton plantation in the Sudan, captained the Yale polo team, was a mucker in a mine in Colorado, surveyed the Alaskan wilderness, learned gunfighting from the sheriff of El Paso, built a railroad in Brazil, was decorated by the French and American armies for his bravery in Belleau Wood, worked as a banker in Paris and as a real estate operator in Las Vegas.

The love of his life was the beautiful French poetess Louise de Vilmorin.  Although their marriage ended in divorce, they remained close and in 1962 he returned to France to be near her.  He spent his last years at Saint-Lambert-des-Bois near Paris, and it is there, in the graveyard of the little church he loved, that he will be buried at 11 AM Tuesday. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Bayard Rives, and by his daughters, Jessie Wood, Alexandra Horsey and Helena Baxter, and by his twelve grandchildren.

He dearly loved a good meal, a good drink, a good story.  To the end, he always said, “I have lived a good life.”

Although the above obituary (provided by his descendants) was likely submitted to newspapers in New York and Las Vegas, it does not appear either ever printed it.  Given the exceptionally low profile and spectacular life of Henry Leigh Hunt, some speculate that the papers simply thought it too fantastic to believe.
 

Consul of Monaco Provides Historic Context to Huntridge Theater Debate June 23, 2013

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April 19th 1956: Louise de Vilmorin and the Wedding in Monaco April 26, 2013

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One of the series of stamps commemorating the wedding

April 19th is certainly one of the most auspicious dates in the history of Monaco. For it was on that date in 1956 that the small Principality became the center of the world’s attention and, essentially, a household word. The fairytale romance between Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III became a reality for the world as the two were married in Monaco’s cathedral.

Covering the story for Marie Claire, contemporary author Louise de Vilmorin put it succinctly when she summed up the world’s fascination for a “queen of Hollywood” giving up her throne to become a Princess.  A resident of Las Vegas from 1925 until 1931, Louise de Vilmorin was one of the preeminent French novelists of the day.  Her famed novel “Madame de-” had just a few years prior been adapted into an acclaimed film.  Having been awarded Monaco’s Prince Pierre Literary Award, named in honor of Prince Rainier’s father one year earlier, She was a highly appropriate choice to pen an article on the wedding of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.   Back in the US, Louise’s former husband, globe-trotting Las Vegas land baron Henry Leigh Hunt, had just been confirmed as Honorary Consul of The Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas (the very post held by Consul Warren) in January of 1956.

In honor of this anniversary, a look back at some of the photos from the event and a new summarized translation of Louise de Vilmorin’s report, published under the title of “I Was There at the Wedding” has been prepared below.

The famed first images of HSH Princess Grace of Monaco during the religious ceremony

Princes are always effective, but when they are on a throne, they are very effective. Me, for the moment, I’m sitting on a chair in a room of the house called “Santo Sospir” in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The walls of this room are blank pages on which Jean Cocteau would easily trace drawings. Just now, when I rise, my seat will be empty. This is what differentiates us from reigning princes and kings who can swim, drive or fly, while still on the throne. They are at the same time mobile and immobile.

Privileges intrigue the imagination more than the gifts and we recognize the approval such privileges can win. A young girl marries an artist without becoming an artist, she marries a prince, she becomes a princess. Fairy tales show the possible as you know, you who read newspapers.

Newspapers in recent weeks, are quivering to the point that it is a penalty to read them. You sit, you hold them, mail them, but tremble so hard that you shake like the train.

Marie Clair was first and foremost a fashion magazine and so Grace’s outfits received a fair bit of attention. From left, sailing aboard the USS Constitution, arriving in Monaco, at an awards gala and a dinner party at the palace

Tell me, sir, what is the wind that shakes the leaves?

Well, it is the wind of Monte Carlo…yes, be sure today that it is the wind of Monte Carlo that ruffles the leaves of the world.

The onshore wind, the wind of love on a rock, a storm bringing with it the creation of a household. It has been anticipated by automobiles, diamonds and lace. Among designers, by small hands and itchy fingers: the academicians and their embroidery, the gentlemen of the order of Malta held their red paint and put the cross around their neck, high and noble, ladies, billionaires and snobs feel a reason to dress up and be cakes. They control the pistachio, the mint, the raspberry and they braid their hair with violets of Toulouse, pure sugar. Their shoes are coffee éclairs and their handbags are melting candy. Their husbands, themselves, dress in licorice, whipped cream, and all this is due to the movement of a star. Astronomers do not sleep and the prophets of metro announce the lovely scene. In short, we prepare, we watch, we listen.

At the small palace reception just after the civil ceremony

What a story! Prince Rainier III of Monaco loves a queen of Hollywood and it is love. The event is important. Will she resign? Will she give up her throne? Despise her supremacy, ending her reign and becoming a princess when she was queen? Well, yes she will. She heard a voice, and presto! Her Majesty Grace Kelly was transformed to a Serene Highness. She has left scores of Americans, she waved and followed the voice of the heart. She is a blonde, Grace, slender and graceful, accompanied by a black poodle, surrounded by her parents and sixty courtiers. She navigates a crossing of the Ocean, and tackles the shores of the Principality of Monaco. Suddenly, there was cannon fire. The echo was heard in a Timbuktu, leaves agitated me more and more, so I boarded the train.In the corridors, it is the same as in the dining car, travelers are gazing and talking: You’re to be at the wedding? I’m going. No, I am not going, I am going down to Toulon. If you looked at my feet, you would see that I am going … The foot does not disappoint. I have bought new shoes.

 The city of Monte Carlo is all decorated with flags of Monaco – half red, half white and American flags. The hotels are crowded. It’s raining softly and there are no taxis. All vehicles are requisitioned or locked up. Some carriages, drawn by two horses in macramé bonnets, roll in the city and the Americans walk while breathing the air of another time. It is perhaps by inventing the past they believe they are transported to the time of Grand Dukes.

 One hundred elected officials avoid, or embrace, or nudge in the lobby of the Hotel de Paris. This is the domain of winks and what will be said? We talk about the civil marriage which took place in the morning. It is said that Grace Kelly was not smiling and that the prince was silent, we are awaiting the gala performance at the Opera tonight. Grace, who will be entitled to be called Serene Highness after the religious marriage will be throughout the day of 18th be known as “Madame Grimaldi”, and it is Madame Grimaldi that will appear in the princely box lovely, but fleeting.  All eyes were fixed on the little face of tomorrow’s princess, on her sparkling dress and on her blond hair crowned with a diadem of rubies and diamonds, and the serious face of Prince Rainier.

And then, barely have we seen them as they disappear into a trap.  A moment of anguish …  What has happened?

 Nothing serious, do not worry. Just one thing: they sat and the border of white lilacs and roses decorating the front of their box is so high that the mask the performance altogether. Phew!  I was scared. In the box on the right, I see Prince Pierre, father of the groom: he is very pale, and left in the box, I saw two more tiaras worn by Princess Charlotte and Princess Antoinette, the mother and sister of Prince Rainier. I guess too there are many Kelly family members, but I do not know, I cannot recognize them…

 The room is very beautiful and bears the weight of tradition, we feel that most of the people who are here say, “Since I’m here, I’m surely someone”. This is a reassuring thought. As for the theater stage, it will be from one end to the other a show enchanted by Margot Fonteyn, Yvette Chauviré and Mademoiselle Toumanova.

Prince Rainier III with the new Princess Grace at the reception following the religious ceremony

Prince Rainier III reigns, you know, over vast horizons. However, in recent days, he is very worried. Through the windows of his palace, at the top of the Rock, he sees from one side the gray sea, and on the other side, umbrellas. This is not a sign of good weather and, like us, he wants a blue sky. What to do? Father Tucker, who apparently knows more than a good thing, advised him to offer a dozen candles to Saint Clare … As was said, so it was done: Blue skies, please Holy Lady … The sky lit up and the weather was beautiful when they came to wake me the morning of the wedding.

I slept little: I was haggard and had puffy eyelids. We tend to laugh, but this is not funny. We are hiding under a lovely coat a white satin dress and large white straw hat. We must occupy promptly at 9:30am the seats which have been reserved in the cathedral. On the square in front of the church, there is a triple row of soldiers: French, American and English. The music is French and there is a crowd of gentlemen in licorice suits, crossed with grand ribbons encrusted with sparkling stones, and a crowd of ladies, most of whom, as we know, have made their clothes from pastry. Those who are afraid of melting ice.  That’s understandable, and they will quickly take shelter in the sacred cool, while those in plum pudding cake and have the advantage of being able to relax on the porch. Jean Cocteau watched it all from the top of a balcony overlooking the square. It is actually quite a story. It is claimed he is offended, but this is not true. He had composed in honor of Rainier an ode that the prince was to have heard the previous evening at the Opera. Confusion would hinder this project but without hurting the author of the poem.

A taxi driver said to me, “Prince Rainier is shy and usually, quite reflective. Then he must say: all this is too much for me. He would have surely preferred to marry on his boat in the open sea or the night, in a little mountain Chapel, or with only his friends around. Do you think all these people are interested in him?  No, of course not. But then, he does not like this ‘fluff.’”

The “fluff”, it is there in the Cathedral.  We look, comparing the places, but the music silenced whispers. The preparation of the choir.  Suddenly, after a silence, the music resumes, intensifies and rises, and the bride appears in the arms of her father. They move very slowly, they walk a walk not unknown, yet one would say that they are preserved in emotion. Grace wears a real dress, that is, a dress without a date, a dress that is not fashionable, but is timeless; and the frail bride with her pallor of ivory and white tulle, and lace, the altar is illuminated with flowers, as to an aurora borealis of Enchantment. There’s no procession. The Princess, the witnesses, as the parents of Grace, one by one, followed by their honor service. Preceded by his Chamberlain, accompanied by his bodyguards, Prince Rainier, in a grand uniform, appears last. There the downcast eyes, he almost seems to suffer and we feel a sense of what awaits him, solitary and kneeling in the distant light of the Church.

The iconic image of HSH Princess Grace in her wedding gown

The Church: the moment of the question and the response, the vows, the oath. The spirit changes the mood. It is emotion; you can feel the heart beat and all thoughts are more than a bunch of fervor. The vision of love makes the heart serious. I know and, while the couple exchanged their rings, they receive Holy Communion, nostalgia showed me happiness and I begged God to protect love.

Need I say more? I talked more. I laugh more. I became aware of all the efforts made for the intimate event that became a great party and should remain a beautiful memory deserving of a halo. A respect came to me and I felt remorse.

When the couple left the church, I loved when they showed themselves to the crowd of their little people. I was happy to hear them cheering.

After the wedding, the guests went into the courtyard where two huge buffets were prepared, but no one dared to approach:

– Where are the newlyweds …? Where are the newlyweds?… they said.

– Allow them time to breathe..

“The time to breathe” appeared along with everyone and it was just the time that I envied. What time!  What breath!  What happiness! And it really is in happiness that they both appeared atop a white marble staircase. They finally smiled down the steps. Smiles stopped at a sugar cake two meters tall and weighing ninety pounds, placed in the shade of the stairs.  A cake monument stood in a niche of rare plants, orchids and other exotic wedding flowers, while doves cooed in a wicker cage.

The doves flew.  The lovers, too, are gone. They sail their happiness between sky and water, and when they return to Monaco, the Prince will reign over a state that is already a state of Grace.

The ceremonies over, the newlyweds board the Deo Juvante II for their honeymoon

HSH Prince Albert II serves as Honorary Chair of One Drop event in Las Vegas March 25, 2013

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The Sovereign Prince of Monaco lent his influence to the cause of potable water and sanitation development Friday night.

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When Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté asked HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to be the Honorary Chairman of the One Night for One Drop event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Prince quickly agreed.  Consul Warren joined other attendees at the VIP cocktail reception at Hyde at Bellagio in viewing a special video greeting from His Serene Highness.

The participation of the Prince is more that simply a kind gesture for a friend.  The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation maintains water issues as a primary area of focus.  Mr. Laliberté and Prince Albert II have worked together on the matter much.

Las Vegas Monaco Private Label members Dr. and Mrs. Grover with Monaco resident Ross McBride and Consul Warren

Las Vegas Monaco Private Label friends Dr. and Mrs. Grover with Monaco resident Ross McBride and Consul Warren at the One Night for One Drop VIP Reception

One Night for One drop was a tremendous success.  The event drew thousands.  Many not only attended the show, but also the VIP Cocktail Reception at Hyde at Ballagio, and the after-party which ran until 1:00 a.m.  There the pool was covered with a transparent floor and tented, housing a luxurious venue for musical acts, sumptuous culinary delights and libations.

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Las Vegas Consul of Monaco Co-Founds Aspen Consular Corps March 12, 2013

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On March 9, 2013 the Republic of Lithuania created the first Consulate based in the prestigious resort town of Aspen, Colorado, when Honorary Consul Dr. John Prunskis was appointed to the newly formed post.

Apecn Consular Corps inauguration

Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl (Chile); Consul John Prunskis (Lithuania); Consul Astra Michels (Lithuania); H.E. Žygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of Lithuania; Consul Vyautas Lapatinskas (Lithuania); Consul Jonathan Warren (Monaco) at the formation of the Lithuanian Consulate and the Aspen Consular Corps.

Consul Warren met Consul Prunskis at the World Congress of Consuls in Monte Carlo in November of 2012.  At the finale event there, Consul Warren drafted the indenture forming the Consular Corps of Aspen, Colorado.  The founding Dean of the Corps is Consul Prunskis, and two other founding members include the Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl and Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas, Jonathan Warren.  Both Consul Biggs Sparkuhl and Consul Warren have consular districts which include Colorado.  The document was executed by the three founding members, and witnessed by numerous consuls at the World Congress last year.

On March 9th, Consuls of Lithuania from Las Vegas and Seattle joined the newly formed Aspen Consular Corps in welcoming H.E. Žygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of Lithuania, to open the new consulate.  The events included speeches and traditional dance, followed by a cocktail with the Mayor of Aspen and other members of the local community.

Notes From the Archivist: A Historic Weekend in Monaco February 20, 2013

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A rare silver 1/6 écu of Honoré II dated 1658

With wide ranging options for first-class entertainment, dining and shopping it sometimes can be easy to forget the historical side of a visit to Monaco. While the most visible link to the past, the Prince’s Palace, is a must-stop on any itinerary, this site along with a few landmarks on le Rocher may be all the casual visitor gets to see of Monaco’s history. If your historical interest runs a bit deeper, you may be curious to hear a bit about a less well known but very tangible link to Monaco’s past – the history of the Principality’s early coinage.You may not suspect a nation of Monaco’s size to have such a numismatic legacy, however Monaco’s early Princes were eager to assert the independence of the Principality and a key part of this was the right to mint their own coinage. Not coincidentally, the first Prince, Honoré II, was also the first to begin minting in Monaco in 1640. With just one significant break in the period from 1735-1837, Monaco has continued to issue a varied and rich series of coins into the modern era.

A 1674 écu of Louis I bearing the arms of the Principality

For anyone intrigued by this part of Monaco’s history, a weekend in December 2012 provided something of a treat. Three major events over two days allowed a rare glimpse at Monaco’s past. The centerpiece of the schedule was a very special exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the wide recognition of Monaco’s independence. Featuring items loaned from the Palace Archives as well as several European museums, visitors were granted the opportunity to view items that are rarely, if ever, on view. These included correspondence of Monaco’s early rulers (the title Prince first being used in 1612), as well as the 1512 decree from France’s Louis XII recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Monaco.

The exhibition was hosted at the Musée des Monnaies et Timbres (The Coin and Stamp Museum), a small but exquisite museum tucked away in Monaco’s Fontvieille district. Though the exhibition provided an added bonus, a visit here anytime is fascinating; the Princely Collection housed here is unrivaled in the world.

On Saturday, December 1st, the well known Monaco firm of Éditions V. Gadoury (www.gadoury.com) organized a superb auction of rare coins from ancient to modern times. A highlight of the sale was a collection of rare early Monaco pieces, one of the largest such collections to come to auction in a century. From the earliest coins of the Honoré II through the centuries to the likeness of the iconic Princess Grace, the collection was a history of the Principality in miniature. All of Monaco’s early coinage is scarce and most of the denominations and years are extremely rare; the auction featured several coins of which 2 or fewer examples were known to exist.

A 1966 piece celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of TSH Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace

Rounding out the events was the annual Monaco coin fair on Sunday, December 2nd. Dealers from around Europe saw brisk sales in all areas of coin collecting. Additionally, postcards, early photographs and paper items were to be found. Happily, this event is now on annual basis and will be held again in 2013 in conjunction with another auction by Éditions V. Gadoury. The auction is scheduled for Saturday, November 30th with the coin fair to follow on Sunday, December 1st.

World Congress of Consuls and National Day events converge in Monte Carlo January 23, 2013

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The Principality of Monaco hosted the FICAC World Congress of Consuls November 11-13, 2012.  The Monaco National Day celebrations took place the following week.  Consul Warren and others remained in Monaco for both sets of events.

Hosted by the Honorary Consular Corps of Monaco, the World Federation of Consuls produced its tenth triennial World Congress of Consuls with great success on the 30th anniversary of the institution, in Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco.  Nearly 300 delegates from all over the world attended the event.

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After the events of the World Congress, consul Warren and others enjoyed a three-day rest before beginning the Fête Nationale de Monaco (the Monaco National Day) celebrations.  2012 represents the 3rd National Day celebrations attended by Consul Warren, who was once again accompanied by the Honorable Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas.

USS Mount Whitney in Monaco

USS Mount Whitney in Monaco

In addition to the traditional cocktail at the Palace followed by the dinner at the Beef Bar with the Consular Corps of Monaco, the fireworks and mass the following day were followed up by a surprise for visiting Americans.  By request of HSH Prince Albert II, the flag ship of the sixth fleet of the US Navy, the USS Mount Whitney, was docked at the Port d’Hercule in Monaco for the National Day celebrations.  His Serene Highness had requested the strong American presence to commemorate the passing of his mother, HSH Princess Grace of Monaco.

His Excellency Charles Rivkin, US Ambassador to France and Monaco arranged for the presence of the Ship in Monaco.  The USS Mount Whitney’s officers and crew hosted a spectacular lunch on board the vessel.  His Excellency Gilles Noghés, Ambassador of Monaco to the USA, attended, leading the Consular Corps of Monaco in the United States.  His Serene Highness Prince Albert II was welcomed by the Commander and the Ambassadors, as was Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline, escorted by her two sons, Andrea and Pierre Casiraghi, both of whom are officers in the Prince’s Guard.

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