Princess Stephanie’s daughter, Pauline Ducruet, was a recent guest of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington DC, where she took part in an event recognising young circus performers.
As part of a tribute to Prince Rainier III for his involvement in the circus and for the contributions that the Grimaldi Family continues to make to the circus, Ms Ducruet, who is President of the New Generation Young Artists Festival, chaired the closing session of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival devoted to the new generation.
The day before, a reception was held at the Residence of the Ambassador to welcome Ms Ducruet, as well as to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Festival.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is organised by the Smithsonian Institute, which promotes cultural exchanges between countries, artists and the public.
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The fourth edition of the Monaco International Rose Competition took place at the Princess Grace Rose Garden on Friday, May 4, organised by the Prince's Government and the Société des Roses de Monaco, presided over by Yves G. Piaget.
The competition, sponsored by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) and sponsored by Maison Piaget, stands apart from other international pink competitions in that the flowers presented are grown in pots and not in the open ground, showcasing varieties suited for terraces, balconies and small gardens.
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A total of 78 varieties were presented by 23 growers from 11 countries, with an International Jury made up of representatives from Belgium, Spain, France, Japan, Switzerland and Monaco. The seasoned experts were tasked with selecting the best roses in a number of categories: Tea hybrids, Multiple flowers, Ground cover roses, shrub roses and mini shrubs.
Based on points awarded on a scale of 100, and an evaluation grid established by the WFRS, gold and silver medals and certificates of merit were awarded.
Monaco Town Hall also offered the "Coupe du parfum" to the most fragrant rose variety. The National Council of Monaco has awarded the "Innovation Prize" and the Société des Roses de Monaco, presided over by Yves G. Piaget.presented the "Coup de cœur".
Maison Piaget offered an exceptional prize: a trophy reflecting the stylistic elements of its Piaget Rose collection. The rose gold jewel is set with a diamond pistil and can be worn as a brooch or pendant.
[caption id="attachment_8998" align="alignleft" width="463"] Berit Legrande, founder of The Animal Fund (TAF)[/caption]
Monaco-based animal welfare organisation TAF held its third meeting at the Maison des Association in Condamine this week…
Berit Legrand is no stranger to water; the Dane competes for the Monaco water ski team, although she is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and has her blackbelt in jiu-jitsu. Berit founded the non-profit The Animal Fund (TAF) in March 2015 with a mission to protect, save and actively assist dolphins and whales that are victims of maltreatment, slaughter, pollution and overfishing.
A team of individuals with different cultures, backgrounds and work experiences, TAF is united in educating others of the danger and consequences of cruelty and extinction but to also report on progress made.
“It’s not just the whaling or dolphin industry that those beautiful mammals have to protect themselves against,” says Berit. “It’s indeed also pollution, climate change, loss of food sources, toxic substances and digesting of tons of plastic. What is there to be seen in nature if we ruin it all? And what will be left in a few years for our children?”
TAF’s meeting on Tuesday was attended by 37 people, and subjects of discussion included “shocking details” of how whales are spotted, tracked and massacred in the Faroe Islands, and the opening of a TAF branch in Luxemburg.
The next meeting is scheduled for September, with potential reports from the Plastic Group and the topic of over-fishing on the agenda. For more on membership, volunteer or donations, see www.theanimalfund.net