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Thursday, 16 April 2015 6:22 | Author: Rhys Hughes

A day of joy for youngsters

PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene was the special guest at Collège Charles III this week to help welcome the young South African rugby team that participated in the Tournament Sainte Devote…

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 8:16 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince Albert visits Prague

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco on Tuesday inaugurated an area for the new Petits Quartiers du Palais building. The Trésorerie Générale des Finances and the Groupe de Sécurité will be headquarterd in the new structure…

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:31 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Robbie Williams to headline

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: British pop star Robbie Williams will be the main attraction at a July concert in Monaco to celebrate HSH Prince Albert’s decade on the throne, the Palace announced. The event on July 12 will also feature performers Lemar and Justin Caldwell in an exclusive event for the 37,000 residents of the world's second smallest state...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 7:55 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince, Princess deeply saddened by tragedy

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE, FRENCH NEWS: The death of local swimmer Camille Muffat has caused a wave of shock across the region, following the collision between two helicopters in Argentina on Tuesday that took the lives of ten people…

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:27 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Patron Saint remembered in burst of flame

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE, MONACO NEWS: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene on Monday night presided over the burning of the boat in front of the church in Monaco dedicated to the Principality’s patron saint, Saint Devote. As is customary, the sovereign himself set fire to a replica of the boat representing the small, open vessel that brought the body of the saint to the shores of Monaco…

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 8:16

First photos of royal twins

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have posed for the first official photos with Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, the twins born on December 10...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 8:21 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess Charlene waits to go home

PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene has given an interview to Paris Match in which she says she is ‘madly in love’ with twins Jacques and Gabriella. “I’m a little tired but we're all very well thank you. I am recovering from cesarean and the little ones who arrived a little prematurely are doing fine. They are growing every day, gaining weight. This is a fairly standard procedure in this kind of situation of having to spend a few days in the hospital. Everything now depends on their progress, and the doctors. The medical team around us was absolutely fantastic. I do not know yet when we will leave hospital, I hope it will be before Christmas, it depends on the children ... You see, they are the "boss" now.

Friday, 12 December 2014 7:52 | Author: Rhys Hughes

January 7 will be state holiday

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The Prince’s Palace yesterday issued a video recording of HSH Prince Albert announcing the birth of Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in which he thanked everyone for their best wishes. Speaking in French, Monegasque and English, the Prince said that it was with a great joy that he announced the births. The births further bolster the feeling of community that unites us. “Thanks be to God for this wonderful blessing,” he said...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:35 | Author: Ian Brodie

PRINCE JACQUES, PRINCESS GABRIELLA

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene has given birth to a boy and a girl. The girl made it into the world at 17:04 and the boy at 17:06 at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco. A 42-gun salute from the Prince's Guard made the news official...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:19 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince Albert prefers a surprise

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert has told local French daily Monaco Matin that he prefers not to know the sex of the babies before their birth. However, he said that Princess Charlene does know their gender and by mutual consent is keeping it a secret. The babies are expected before the end of the year…

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 8:48 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess Charlene's parents on hand

PRINCESS CHARLENE: As the birth of the Monegasque royal twins draws closer, Princess Charlene's father has spoken of his and wife Lynette's excitement, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. The couple have taken up temporary residence in Monaco. Mike Wittstock told French publication Point de vue that they already have two grandchildren already. “Our son Sean, who lives in South Africa, is the father of a 10-month-old child and yesterday it was the first birthday of our granddaughter,” he said…

Sunday, 12 October 2014 21:28 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Simple, heart-warming gifts

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene visited the "Barbara Sinatra Children's Center" at the weekend, and were obviously touched by the simple and heart-warming gifts offered to them by the children. Barbara Sinatra looks on...

Thursday, 9 October 2014 12:08 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Palace confirms twins report

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The Palace has issued a statement confirming the fact that Princess Charlene is expecting twins, as first reported locally on monacolife.net on June 1. “The Prince and the Princess of Monaco are delighted to confirm that twins are expected in the family for the end of the year,” the statement said…

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 22:08 | Author: Ian Brodie

Princess makes it official - it's twins!

PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene has confirmed she is expecting twins. Hello magazine said today that the Princess revealed the news in a telephone interview. monacolife.net first reported that twins were on the way in an article on June 1, just weeks after the pregnancy was announced by the Palace. “I feel absolutely great,” the Princess told the magazine…

Friday, 26 September 2014 7:41 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Obamas welcome Prince and Princess

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: On the occasion of the Summit of Heads of State attending the climate summit at the United Nations earlier this week, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were invited to the reception hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.  PHOTO: The White House

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 8:07 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince, Princess in New York

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are in New York for Climate Week NYC, and on Monday attended the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative. On Tuesday, Prince Albert will attend the Summit of Heads of State on Climate Change at the UN and speak about the activities of his environmental Foundation...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 8:52

Prince, Princess at golf tournament

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The princely Couple attended the final rounds of competition in the Evian Championship, women's golf tournament, at the weekend in Evian. They were accompanied by Mr Riboud, Danone's President and Director General, Mr Bungert, Tournament Director, Mr Killy and Mr Barnier...

Monday, 15 September 2014 7:11 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Beastly roasting for Princess

PRINCESS CHARLENE: A popular news website with a tabloid bent has published a story on Monaco’s Princess Charlene under the headline ‘Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare.’ The author of the piece at thedailybeast.com, Tom Sykes, suggests that the Princess remains isolated and without friends, and would rather be elsewhere than in the Principality. When monacolife.net was approached to comment, we responded by saying that the people of Monaco have warmed to the Princess and the arrival of a baby would be ‘icing on the cake…’

Thursday, 31 July 2014 8:34 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess has Irish heritage

PRINCESS CHARLENE: This week Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France, with her husband, Prince Albert, in attendance. The Certificate of Irish Heritage is an official recognition by the Irish Government of those who are proud of their Irish ancestry and heritage, the Irish Independent reports. Other celebrities to have received a Certificate in recent years include Tom Cruise, former US President  Bill Clinton and actor Daniel Day Lewis…

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:20

Princess honoured by Italy

PRINCESS CHARLENE: HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco has received the honour of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Stella d'Italia dell'Ordine" awarded by the President of the Italian Republic...

Monaco Paws:

Chloe and Izzy are two Boston Terriers often seen around town with their owners Anne and Patrick Dewez.  Monaco Paws met up with Anne to find out what makes this doggy duo so dynamic.
 
Why did you choose Boston Terriers?

We had lost a much-loved Boxer and were ready for a new dog, but we had moved from a house to an apartment and needed to find a smaller dog. As a good Harvard Business School graduate, I decided to conduct a comprehensive survey of trainers, vets and breeders. I described our family and lifestyle and everyone said the same thing; get a Boston Terrier.

What are the dominant characteristics of Boston Terriers?

They are smart, learn quickly and are just clowns. They look funny and are very engaging. My husband Patrick said he wanted a dog that made him laugh and that’s what we get every day.

They have an amazing amount of energy. Have you trained them to do some tricks?

We took them to L’ Ecole de Chien so they are good with all the basics. Izzy can jump 3 feet, especially if I tempt her with a plastic water bottle.

How much exercise do they get each day?

Almost every morning we walk to Plage Marquet which is about 4 kilometres. It's good exercise for them and good for me too.

Sometimes little dogs are not good with children.  Do Chloe and Izzy like kids?

They love kids. Izzy will fetch endlessly if they throw the ball for her.

And are they good with other dogs?

They are always curious but not aggressive.  They are good with virtually all the dogs, big and small, that we meet on our walks. Their special friends are 2 pugs and a golden retriever.

Do you think of them as your children now that your boys are grown up?

They are our girls. I think Patrick is a little more indulgent with them than I am.

What do you think makes a good dog owner?

You really have to be 100% committed to giving them the training and care they need and lots of exercise. And when they get old and are suffering it is important not to keep them alive just because of your own attachment.

Do you think there are any special advantages to having a dog in Monaco?

Yes! Not least, the ready availability of bags for cleaning up. Also, there are plenty of places to walk and play with them and Monaco residents and businesses (restaurants, shops) are particularly dog-friendly.

Are two better than one?

Of course!  We get twice the laughs and twice the love.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim, artofaneyeblog.com

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Earlier Paws:

FOR THE MOST ADORABLE PETS ONLY

We all love to pamper our pets, perhaps with a sparkly new collar or a soft cushy bed.  This week Monaco Paws stopped by the chicest pet shop in town to talk with Marilisa Tomasini the owner of the shop For Pets Only (3, Ave Princesse Alice +377 93 25 77 77).


1.     When and why did you open your shop?

I’ve been open for just over a year.  I’ve always had dogs so I was familiar with the For Pets Only brand and there wasn’t any place like it in Monaco.

2.     How has business been so far?
We have a great location in the heart of Monaco.  I have lots of local customers and also tourists who come from all over the world.

3.     What are your best selling products?
Mostly the collars because we have a great selection of different styles.  We also offer grooming for dogs and cats.

4.     How many dogs do you have of your own?
I have three dogs: Set, Vicky (both West Highland Terriers) and Sara (Spaniel mix).  Set is eight and is very possessive; he thinks he is my boyfriend.  Vicky acts like a cat and Sara is pretty relaxed.

5.     Why do you like Westies?
They don’t shed their hair very much and they are always white and smell clean.

6.     Do your dogs come to the shop everyday?
I like to keep them here, but just for half the day.  They get very jealous when I give attention to other dogs.

7.     Where do you like to walk your dogs?
We go to the Casino Gardens everyday, they love to see the ducks in the fountain.

8.     Do you think dogs are very welcome around Monaco?
Oh yes, people here have a special relationship with their dogs.

9.  Why do you think dogs become so important in their owner’s lives?
Dogs are good for people.  They are especially good for older people. It gives them something to do. Dogs just bring joy and happiness.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim, artofaneyeblog.com

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Year of Russia...

The Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris was the venue for a special evening on Thursday, as Hommage to the Grimaldis celebrated Monaco's special relationship with Russia spanning several centuries. PHOTO: Mr Tokhtar Tuleshov, Mrs Dina Nurqliyeva, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to France HE Alexandre Orlov, and the Count Cheremetieff  Claudia Albuquerque 

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Monaco Paws...

Ever-Ready, Ever-Bright

The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom and Monaco Paws is back on the street...

Irina Peterson and her Miniature Pinscher, Ever, are rarely apart.  This week Monaco Paws found them enjoying a lovely afternoon outside the new Monaco Yacht Club.

Do you find Monaco to be very dog-friendly?
It opens a new universe.  I had lived in Monaco for 17 years before I got Ever and thought I knew a lot of people.  Since having him the number of people I know has doubled.

Is it easy to keep Ever with you all day?
Yes, he comes to the office with me everyday and has a bed there where he rests quietly while I work. He hates to be alone, but he is not a "bag-dog"; he won't stay in a bag.  He feels a little offended to be put in a bag.

How has Ever affected your life?
He has changed my life for the better.  I have learned so much.  Dogs just help you to be 100 percent in the present.  There is no dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.  He is my dog, but I also feel like I am his human and therefore responsible for his happiness and well-being.  It is a mutual and reciprocal relationship.

What do you like about Miniature Pinschers?
They have lots of personality, I love their looks and they are very adaptable.  They can be very active and athletic, but also calm and affectionate.  He is friends with everyone.  He likes kids and all animals; cats, dogs, rabbits and even turtles.

Is it an intelligent breed?  He is very smart and a little cheeky.  I can't fool him more than twice.  He had some formal training and is very well-mannered.  He only barks if there is trouble.  Once I found him barking loudly at a cupboard and when I opened it, I saw a small electrical fire had started.

Pinschers often have their ears and tails clipped, why didn't you do that with Ever?
I insisted that he remain in his natural state.  Plus he talks to me so much through his ears and tail.  I can tell what he is thinking by the position of his ears and judge his mood by his tail.

Ever looks like a very sporty dog.  Does he need a lot of exercise?
He really appreciates exercise.  On the weekends he runs 10K with my running club and me. Ever has also participated three times in the charity event, No Finish Line.  This year he completed 75 kilometres.

Have you bred Ever?
He recently became a father for the first time!  The neighbour of a friend also has a beautiful Miniature Pinscher and they met in a garden in Nice and just played and got on so well.  Two adorable puppies were born last August.

Do you think you will continue to breed Ever?
Well, if he falls in love again, I won't prevent it.


Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim, artofaneyeblog.com     Please feel free to get in touch at: monacopaws@gmail.com

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An expansive Roberto Giorgi, head of Fraser Yachts, in London for the inaugural London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show. Please see related story in the main news section, left.  PHOTO: Joe McCarthy

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Easter in Monaco...

The children of St. Paul's Church in Monte-Carlo enthusiastically lit the traditional Easter candle on Sunday. Also very popular was the annual Easter egg hunt following the service led by Father Walter Raymond.  PHOTO: Simon Wynne

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Monaco Life Easter Appeal...

The five-year-old Syrian Civil War has so far claimed more than 220,000 lives, including an estimated 10,000 children, a humanitarian disaster that has been devastatingly illustrated by this photo of a four year-old girl refugee whose father was killed in 2012 and who responded by 'surrendering' when the photographer pointed his camera.

Millions of people have been displaced by the conflict, with more than 12 million people - including five million children - still in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. A bitter winter took the lives of untold thousands.

The image emerged as the Syrian government announced plans to import 150,000 tonnes of wheat for its starving population - just weeks after saying it had no need to do so.

The United Nations has said it does not have enough money to help all children like Adi Hudea. Readers can make a donation directly to the UNHCR by following this link: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria

SOURCES: Include the UK’s Daily Mail, Please follow this link to read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3019198/Heartbreaking-moment-four-year-old-Syrian-girl-surrendered-photographer-pointed-camera-assumed-gun.html#ixzz3WE5JVqNq

PHOTO: Osman Sagirli

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Taking to the air... Although the 2014 UIM annual photographic competition saw a slight decline in the number of entries in each category, the overall standard of submissions was much higher than previous years even with the absence of a few expected entrants…

“I really see this as a positive step forward and hope that all you photographers are aiming to improve with every shot you take? Photography is no longer an expensive hobby, and UIM events present some of the most exciting, high adrenaline sports which still allow close access to machines and drivers during events, so pick up your cameras, visit a UIM event and enjoy two great things at the same time - photography and powerboat racing,” said James Wright, Judging Panel Chairman.

“As with all forms of competition, you have to be in it to win it and you can only beat the competitors who are there! So many previous entrants have narrowly missed out on prizes with fierce competition and with very little to choose between pictures.

"The judging panel gives each and every image a great deal of consideration in a number of specific areas – I only wish we had time for personal critique of each shot.”

UIM, the International Powerboating Federation, is based in Monaco. MORE INFO: www.uimpowerboating.com

PHOTO: Alffian Bin Kadri of the team Malaysia at the UIM Nations Cup World Series, Grand Prix of Qatar, Doha, March 11, 2014, captured by Vittorio Ubertone: Nikon D300. Focal length: 300mm. Aperture: F. 8. Shutter speed: 1/1000. ISO: 640.

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MONACO CHARITIES: Monaco charity Peace and Sport has launched its #WhiteCard campaign on social media to mark the second annual Internal Sporting Day in Aid of Peace, which takes place on April 6. The objective is to show solidarity with the main supporters of the idea that sport can change the world and make it a better place…

Everyone can take part, by taking a selfie or a photo of a group holding a ‘white card’ and posting it on Facebook with - “Like me, post your #WhiteCard to Play your Peace on April6 @peaceandsport #IDSDP2015 !” or on Twitter with the comment “Like me, post your #WhiteCard to Play your Peace on April6 @peaceandsport #IDSDP2015 !”

Joël Bouzou, Président and Founder of Peace and Sport, said: The sixth of April offers Peace and Sport the opportunity to become more widely known. .. More people are joining us, knowing that sport can make the difference.”

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The speakers during the session on Changing Patterns of HNW Expenditure at the Global High Net Worth 2015 conference in Monaco were the head of Fraser Yachts, Roberto Giorgi, Yolande Barnes, Head of World Research at Savills, and Mark Armstrong, who heads the Monaco office of Sotheby's.  Ian Brodie