On December 6 and 7, 2018, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco completed his memory journey on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, in tribute to the residents of Monaco mobilized during the conflict and the voluntary commitment of Monegasques , in the wake of his great-grandfather, Prince Louis, liaison officer in the 5th French Army from 1914 to 1918.
After having visited the Marne in 2015, in Verdun in 2016 and on the Chemin des Dames in 2017, having participated in the international commemorations of November 11, 2018 in Paris, the Sovereign Prince moved on Thursday, December 6, in Rethondes. , in the clearing of the armistice, commune of Compiegne (Oise), to the Historial of the Great War of Péronne (Somme), as well as, the following day, in Cormicy (Marne), where a Trail of the “Prince soldier” was inaugurated.
A moving patriotic ceremony, in remembrance of the service of Prince Louis II, who combined flag-bearers and schoolchildren, awaited Prince Albert at Rethondes.
In Péronne, HSH the Prince visited the museum, which, for over twenty-five years, refers to France in terms of the history of the First World War.
The city is also known, in the history of the Principality, for being the place of signature of the Franco-Monegasque treaty of September 14, 1641, an important step in the affirmation of the sovereignty of Monaco, and at the origin of the “Community of destiny” existing between the two countries for nearly four centuries.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled and the Prince received a Republican welcome at City Hall.