Prince’s family ties to be celebrated in Duras

Duras Castele. Photo: Père Igor
Duras Castele. Photo: Père Igor

On Tuesday, July 4, the city of Duras, in France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, will receive a friendly visit from Prince Albert.

The idea of inviting the Prince was first brought up by a Duraquois, author Pierre Béarnais, was interested in the genealogical ties with the Grimaldi family.

The castle in Duras dates from 1137 and was taken over by the municipality in 1969.

It was the seat of the Durfort Duras, owners of the castle since the 14th century, who, thanks to their political and financial power, became holders of a Duchy and found themselves at the court of Louis XIV to commemorate ties with the Grimaldi family, a plaque dedicated to Princess Louis Félicité of Monaco will be unveiled at the castle.

In 1777 the Princess married Prince Honore iV of Monaco, and died aged 67 in Paris in 1826, having survived the French Revolution. 

On his visit in July, the Prince will greet crowd with Mayor Bernadette Dreux, Mayor. After meeting the public, the day will continue with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the castle, the only such emblem commemorating a link to the Grimaldi family in southwestern France. This will be followed by a private lunch.

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