Princess Caroline visits with Monaco’s scouts and guides

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The young scouts and guides of Monaco have received a special visit from the Honorary President of the outdoorsy association, Princess Caroline of Hanover.  

The Association of Guides and Scouts of Monaco is in good company. The scouting movement, founded in 1917 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, today has over 50 million members in 217 countries around the globe.  

Scouts come from all walks of life, giving young people a chance to mix with others from different backgrounds, nationalities and religions. In Monaco, the scouts have been active since 1918 under the patronage of French Scouting, before becoming independent members of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement in 1990. Girl Guides came into being in 1963.  

Princess Caroline is pictured alongside some of the youngest members of the Association of Guides and Scouts of Monaco. Photo credit: Michael Alesi

The organisation has been a co-ed endeavour since 1992, a positive sign of the times and a break with the past, when boys and girls were kept apart.  


Whilst the Princess’ visit was certainly partly social, she also was there to handle affairs. She visited a selection of exhibitions and shared several activities with the members before signing the association onto the Energy Transition Pact, the national plan to lower environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions that was created in 2018 by the government.  

The day also included meetings with Marie-Hélène Gamba, the president of the association, as well as the director of the Center d’Accueil du Scoutisme, Franck Reynier. 


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Photo credit: Michael Alesi / Palais Princier de Monaco

Football: Monaco win the Coupe Gambardella

Monaco celebrate Coupe Gambardella win

AS Monaco won their fifth Coupe Gambardella with an emphatic 4-2 victory over Clermont Foot in Saturday’s final at the Stade de France. 

After successes in 1962, 1972, 2011 and 2016, the class of 2023 etched their names into the history of the club. The Monaco U18s side have had a nomadic competition this season, and haven’t played a single game at home.

The team, managed by Frédéric Barilaro and Manu Dos Santos headed up to the Stade de France in Paris as favourites, but they quickly fell behind to a goal from Robin Pages.

Under the watchful eyes of Sporting Director Paul Mitchell and General Director Ben Lambrecht, Les Monégasques drew level thanks to a finish from Mayssam Benama, before Joan Tincres gave them the lead just minutes later.

“I think the victory is thoroughly deserved.”

Benama then missed the penalty that would have handed Monaco a two-goal advantage, but that goal did come from Saïmon Bouabre early in the second half.

Colas Chastang reduced the gap before Pape Cabral killed the game off with Monaco’s fourth late in the game. The performances of some within the group, notably Ritchy Valme and Benama will do their chances of integrating into the first-team a world of good.

In the footsteps of Kylian Mbappé

After winning his second Coupe Gambardella as manager of Monaco, Barilaro praised his young side’s mentality. “I think that this victory is thoroughly deserved. For their goal, we concede from a set piece, and we’re close to conceding another straight after. The players had the mental capacity to come back into the match,” he said.

The 2016-winning side were carried by the individual talent of now-France captain Kylian Mbappé. However, the 2023 cohort have secured more of a collective victory on the turf of the Stade de France: “We can say that [it was more of a collective victory than the one in 2016], even if some players were [also] very interesting. They are still young and one must give them time to blossom,” said Barilaro.


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