In honour of her life-long love of and support for the circus, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco will soon be inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame, a designation given only to people who have contributed significantly to the art and culture of the circus.
The Circus Ring of Fame, put on by the Foundation of the same name, was created in 1987 as a way of paying tribute to artists and patrons of the circus arts. Some 160 people have been honoured since, such as P.T. Barnum and all five of the Ringling Brothers. Princess Stéphanie will join her father, the late Prince Rainier III, as a member of the prestigious Circus Ring of Fame next February when she will be officially inducted into this special group of people.
On 19th September, it was announced that Princess Stéphanie, President of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo and an outspoken advocate for circuses, was to be inducted into the Class of 2024, along with four other initiates: the equestrian, animal trainer and vocalist Catherine Hanneford Carden; Guinness World Record-holders and human cannonballs David Smith Jr. and David Smith Sr.; and circus executive and producer Wayne McCary.
“This year’s distinguished class truly embodies the pinnacle of excellence within the circus arts and culture,” said Bill Powell, Chairperson of the Foundation. “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them. With such an extraordinary ensemble of honourees representing a diverse array of talents, we are poised for an unforgettable celebration.”
A LIFE-LONG COMMITMENT
The Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo was created 1974 by Prince Rainier III. Princess Stéphanie has always been enthusiastic about the event, which is well-known as one of the most creative and competitive platforms for the circus arts, and took over its reins in 2006. In recent years, Princess Stéphanie has expanded its reach by forming the New Generation Festival to recognise up and coming talent.
She has also been patron of the World Circus Federation, created in 2008, since its inception.
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