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Sporting a new punk-style undercut, Princess Charlene, together with Prince Albert and their children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, have welcomed Monaco’s littlest citizens to the Prince’s Palace for the family’s traditional gift giving celebration.
The Palace courtyard was transformed into a winter wonderland for its little guests on Wednesday, complete with Christmas chalets, giant tree, and even fake snow.
Nearly 700 children aged between five and 12 enjoyed the festivities, which also included a fir forest, traditional crib, Santa’s sleigh, jugglers and acrobats.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene joined their children in handing out gifts to the young Monegasques, much to their delight and that of their accompanying parents.
The Palace was eager to point out that the event was held outside this year, where strict health protocols were observed, including temperature measurement and hand disinfection at the entrance to the Palace, mandatory mask wearing and a single direction of movement in the Cour d’Honneur.
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier started the tradition of an annual gift distribution in the Palace, nurturing the bond between the Princely Family and the community.
But it is Princess Charlene’s new look that is grabbing headlines this year across the globe. Concealed under a beret during the inauguration ceremony of Monaco’s new maritime vessel earlier that day, the 42-year-old Princess wore her new locks proudly at the Palace that afternoon, complemented with a sequin face mask that matched her black and gold ensemble.
Photos: Eric Mathon / Prince’s Palace, Manu Vitali / Government Communications Department
The government has reported the death of an 87-year-old woman with Covid-19, marking the 9th coronavirus fatality in Monaco since the pandemic began and the 6th since the new year.
Monaco’s Antonio Salvatore has gained a Michelin star for the five-table fine dining restaurant he created less than 12 months ago in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.
Organisers of the 114th Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters are “hopeful” the event will go ahead in April, despite delaying ticket sales for the popular tennis tournament.
The first regatta of the year in the Principality was won by an Italian team captained by Claudia Rossi on the Petite Terrible-Adria Ferries at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series.
Speeding drivers are about to face a major onslaught as France starts to install 400 "smart" cameras on its motorway network. Each of these devices will be able to identify up to a dozen vehicles at a time over four lanes, and will be able to tell if drivers are not only speeding, but on the phone or not wearing seat belts.
Making matters worse – or better – is the fact that the operation of the cameras and the enforcement of penalties is about to be outsourced to authorised service providers. While gendarmes have not been slow to issue tickets in the past, the profit incentive for private companies is likely to see a major increase in the number of enforcement notices issued, according to motoring organisations on both sides of the Channel.
From May 6, there will be no escape for UK drivers. The DVLA is cooperating with the French authorities in providing the names and addresses of culpable drivers – or at least the official keepers of vehicles caught by the speed traps. Asked if British drivers could just ignore these notices, the RAC has said it is "waiting to see".