Photos: Prince Albert hits the road to visit Cherbourg then Italy 

Days after attending the Monaco Yacht Show, Prince Albert II of Monaco headed north to the French port city of Cherbourg to visit a shipyard building a pioneering polar vessel and lead a talk at the Festival Grand Océan. 

It has been a busy few days for Monaco’s sovereign. After appearing at a series of events in and around Port Hercule during the 2023 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Prince Albert hit the road and headed to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, and specifically the Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) shipyard, on Friday 29th September. 

It was here that the Prince was pictured touring the site and meeting with the engineers and designers who are building the Tara Polar Station for the Tara Ocean Foundation. When finished, the futuristic vessel will become a drifting scientific base in the Arctic for up to 20 people.  

Prince Albert II of Monaco was taken on a comprehensive tour of the Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie shipyard. Photo credit: Axel Bastello / Palais Princier de Monaco

Later that day, Prince Albert participated in the Festival Grand Océan, where he presented the work of his eponymous Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and appeared on a panel discussing the Tara Polar Station alongside Romain Troublé, the General Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation, and Serge Quaranta, the CEO of the CMN shipyard.  

The weekend saw the Prince indulge some of his more leisurely interests as he travelled to Rome to enjoy a bit of Ryder Cup action at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, which is roughly an hour outside of the city.  

Prince Albert will also be spending the next few days in Italy as his schedule is taking him to Calabria on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October. The Prince will be visiting the towns of Taurianova, Terranova Sappo Minulio and Seminara to welcome them into the fold of the Sites Historiques Grimaldi de Monaco.  

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Photo credits: Axel Bastello / Palais Princier de Monaco