[caption id="attachment_25299" align="alignnone" width="640"] HE Mireille Pettiti, Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Russian Federation during her address at the Diplomatic Reception in Moscow. Photo: DR[/caption]
The US government has congratulated Monaco on the occasion of National Day, celebrated on Sunday, November 19.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson wrote: "On behalf of the government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the people of Monaco as you celebrate La Fête du Prince.
"Monaco has been a trusted partner of the United States since 1866, and our government values the warm relations and enduring friendship between our two countries. By maintaining this partnership, we can continue to advance our joint interests in maintaining peace and expanding prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic."
Ties between the two countries were significantly strengthened by the marriage of Prince Rainier to the actress Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco, in 1956.
Monaco’s National Day was also celebrated in Moscow. HE Mireille Pettiti, Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Russian Federation, hosted a diplomatic reception on Monday, November 13, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow. The evening was attended by a total of 150 people.
Numerous foreign Ambassadors accredited to the Russian Federation, as well as a number of Russian dignitaries took part in this event, including Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister, Alexandre Pankin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation.
In her welcoming speech, Ms Pettiti presented the unique characteristics of the Principality and an outline of the foreign policy of the Prince's Government. She also spoke of the excellent state of bilateral relations between Monaco and Russia.
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Monaco’s footballers turned in a lacklustre performance on Friday, with a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Amiens, raising a question mark over next weekend’s meeting in Monaco with league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, PSG’s 4-1 victory against Nantes on Saturday put the Paris side six points clear of Monaco in France’s Ligue 1. Edison Cavani, who scored two of the four goals for the winners said: “"We aren't thinking about Monaco, just about winning.” Kylian Mbappe was benched for the game.
PSG have a Champions League game against Celtic mid-week, and whether that will dampen their performance in Monaco on Sunday remains to be seen. Monaco have their own Champions League challenge during the week as they host RB Leipzig at Stade Louis II on Tuesday night.
Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1768, a young equestrian named Philip Astley performed in London, in a field near Westminster Bridge, on a circular ring 13 metres in diameter. His equestrian show mixed acts from the fair – jugglers, equilibrists, funambulists and even trained dogs and monkeys – and modern circus was born on horseback.
Philip Astley, the inventor of modern circus, quickly crossed the Channel, as he was invited to perform in France by King Louis XVI.
To pay tribute to Philip Astley, Princess Stephanie, President of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo Organising Committee, has invited the best "Equestrian Pas de Deux" in the history of modern circus, featuring Jozsef Richter Junior and his young wife Merrylu, to the Fontvieille ring
One of the most astonishing moments in this act is the balancing of Merrylu on the head of her husband, as he stands on two horses circling the ring.
While the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival wishes to highlight traditional circus, it is also a place for creation and innovation. The Organising Committee has also invited the Simet trio to the festival with their "Astronauts" act: the three Hungarian artistes perform gravity-defying aerial acts on their gigantic moving arc.
The International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo takes place from January 18 to 28 under the big top in Fontvielle. Tickets now available online.
Wednesday 8 November, 8.30 pm, Variety Theatre
“From Gospel to Love Supreme – Faith in Jazz” with Franck Taschini, saxophones; Benjamin Prischi, piano; Philippe Brassoud, double bass; Piergiorgio Marchesini, drums
Information and booking: email@example.com
Sunday 23 April, 11 am, Monte-Carlo Opera – Salle Garnier
Symphony concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor and violin: David Lefèvre, piano: Héloïse Hervouët. The programme features Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten and William Walton
Information: +377 98 06 28 28