Princess Stéphanie awards Carabiniers du Prince cadets with the Louis Nattareu insignia

Princess Stéphanie has presented four young Carabiniers du Prince recruits with the Class of Louis Nattareu insignia at a ceremony that marks their advancement into the historic corps. 

The Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince, the military force tasked with the protection of Monaco’s Prince and Palace, is the infantry branch of the Principality’s Force Publique. It was founded in 1817 under Prince Honoré IV of Monaco.  

As the marraine of the Carabinieri, a term meaning patron or godmother, Princess Stéphanie has the honour of participating in the annual event that celebrates the promotion of cadets to corps members. 

This year, on 21st June, she welcomed four new members to the force and awarded them each with badges of the Louis Nattareu insignia.   

Princess Stéphanie with the four young Carabiniers du Prince cadets. Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Monaco Communications Department 

The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant-Colonel Martial Pied, the Commander of the Carabinieri, and concluded with a blessing from Father Christian Venard, the Chaplain of the Force Publique, and a rendition of the Monegasque national anthem performed by the Prince’s Carabinieri Orchestra. 

Nattareu was a French soldier, originally from Nice, who joined the Carabinieri in 1903. He was deployed to the Front in 1914 during World War I and was killed in action on 1st February 1917.  

The recruits, who will be officially promoted on 1st July, will take their final oath to serve Prince Albert II and his family at a special event on 8th July. Here, they will commit to serving with ‘Honour, Loyalty and Dedication’, the motto of the Company.  

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Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Monaco Communications Department