Monaco hosts traditional family picnic

The Princely family has enjoyed the annual end of summer picnic at Princess Antoinette Park, and once again the twins were the show stoppers at the traditional gathering.  

Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene and their children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, with Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, Monseigneur Barnard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco, Mayor Georges Marsan and members of the Conseil Communal. Photo: Mairie de Monaco

Created in 1931 by the mayor of Monaco, the U Cavagnëtu picnic has become something of a summer institution for Monegasques.

The giant picnic offers music, games, an outdoor mass and of course, food. Despite rather uncooperative weather this year, the picnic still had a massive turnout, nearly a thousand people, and was highlighted by the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, and their adorable children, Jacques and Gabriella.

Princess Gabriella came wearing a brightly coloured African print dress, an homage to her mother’s South African roots. Hereditary Prince Jacques was smartly kitted out in beige shorts, a white shirt and blue moccasins, an altogether grown-up look for the little prince. The royal children were show-stoppers, and thoroughly enjoyed the picnic until weather ended the event early.

This year, the City Council made sorting bins available to guests as well as recyclable cardboard cups, and also encouraged Monegasques to bring reusable dishes for the picnic. The council says these are measures in favour of sustainable development that it aims to put in place at each of its events to confirm its commitment to the environment.