Monaco to relive its Golden Age with Centennial Ball in memory of Prince Rainier III

The highlight of the coming month will undoubtedly be the Centennial Ball at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, but there are lots of other special events planned in memory of Prince Rainier III this October too. Here are all the details.  

Prince Rainier III, Monaco’s “Builder Prince” and the father of the nation’s current sovereign, Prince Albert II, would have been 100 this year. Although he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on all over the Principality, which was forever changed under his careful yet ambitious stewardship.  

Events held in his honour have been organised throughout 2023 and continue in October with a host of cultural and social dates.  

Rainier III par Lui-Même

Next month’s programme begins with a screening of a film directed by Yann-Antony Noghès entitled Rainier III par Lui-Même on 5th October at 6.30pm in Monaco’s Cinema des Beaux-Arts. The film is a biopic that uses personal sound recordings made by Prince Rainier to tell the story of his fascinating life in his own words. It will be shown in French with English subtitles. 

There will be another chance to catch the film on 25th October at the Théâtre des Variétés, also at 6.30pm.  

For the love of music

On 6th October will be the first part in a series called Rainier III et Le Musique: La Musique Savante, an event being touted as a “conference-concert”, which is set to take place at the Théâtre des Variétés at 6.30pm. 

The line-up features music therapy practitioner Raphaëlle Doublier speaking on the late Prince Rainier’s love of music and how he sought to bring a strong musical culture to the Principality.  

Works by Jules Lechner, César Scotto and Jean Françaix will be performed by a piano-cello duo, a solo pianist and a bassoon quintet from the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo. Additionally, an extract from an oratorio by Monegasque poet and composer Léo Ferré, which was written at the Prince’s behest, will be performed. 

A taste of the golden years of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace 

Then, on 20th October, the much-awaited Centennial Ball will be held in the Casino de Monte-Carlo.  

This charity gala affair invites its prestigious guest list to relive the exquisite balls hosted in yesteryear by Prince Rainier and his beloved wife, Princess Grace. The party starts at 8pm and is being organised by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer.  

Read related:

Prince Rainier III documentary to be rolled out in cinemas across Monaco 



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