Freediver Pierre Frolla and Monaco’s Princess Charlene raise the flag for charity

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The famous freediver, Pierre Frolla, has retrieved the chequered flag that will be used at the Monaco Grand Prix from the Mediterranean seafloor. Following the race, it will be auctioned off for charity, with all proceeds going to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. 

At 10.30am on Wednesday 22nd May, Monegasque freediver Pierre Frolla dived down more than 40 metres to ‘rescue’ and retrieve the chequered flag that will feature during the upcoming 81st edition of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Watching on was Princess Charlene, who congratulated the storied four-time freediving world record holder on his feat as he reached the surface with the flag. 

49-year-old Frolla, an official ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, signed his autograph on the monochrome emblem before handing the pen to the Princess. Eventually, the flag will feature the signatures of all Formula 1 drivers competing in the 2024 World Championship.  

Following the waving of the flag on Sunday 26th May, it is to be auctioned off for charity. The proceeds of the auction will go entirely to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and its various drowning prevention and educational projects in the Principality and around the world.  

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Photo credits: Eric Mathon / Stéphane Danna / Palais Princier de Monaco