Photos: Princess of Monaco Cup returns and takes over Casino Square

The gardens of Monte-Carlo were transformed into a putting green for the 19th hole of the Princess of Monaco Cup on Wednesday, with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II joined by celebrities to raise funds for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. 

19 teams, each consisting of three players, including one celebrity, took part in the charitable golf tournament at the Monte-Carlo Golf Club, situated on the cliffs overlooking the Principality.

Stars from the world of sport got involved in the event, which raises funds for the educational projects of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, for drowning prevention and education through the values of sport.

As well as Princess Charlene herself, and her husband Prince Albert II, sports stars such a professional golfer Lee Westwood, Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana, Formula One world champion Mika Häkkinen, Formula E racer Max Günther and Olympic high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim all participated.

Following a day of golf up at the club, perched on Mont-Agel, the invitees and participants enjoyed a soirée at the ceremonial 19th tee, which sees the competitors attempt to get a hole-in-one in Casino Square.

Princess Charlene taking first shot at the 19th whole in Casino Square. Photo credit: Eric Mathon, Palais Princier

Princess Charlene struck first on the tee placed at the Jardins des Boulingrins, 64 meters from the flag located in the centre of the Place du Casino. 

Then, each tournament participant tried to win the ‘Hole in one’ prize – a Verge TS Pro electric motorbike branded with the Foundation logo.

The bullets were made of cotton to prevent breakage which increased the difficulty, but a ‘Nearest to the pin’ award was won with a ball landing 22 centimeters from the flag. 

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Photo by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life