Romanèche-la-Montagne wins Public Prize at the International Rose Competition

Just over six weeks on from the enchanting unveiling of the in-competition blooms at the 2024 Concours International de Roses Nouvelles de Monaco, this year’s winners were invited to the Principality to receive their awards at a ceremony marked by tradition and the celebration of Princess Grace’s favourite flower.  

Princess Caroline of Hanover, the eldest child of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, was among the famous faces to attend the closing ceremony of the 7th International New Rose Competition, which was held at the Princess Grace Rose Garden on 17th June. She was joined by Yves Piaget, the president of the Friends of the Princess Grace Rose Garden Association, who presented the Princess with a €5,000 donation to her late mother’s eponymous Princess Grace of Monaco Foundation.  

Yves Piaget presents Princess Caroline of Hanover with a €5,000 charity cheque. Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department

Though many of the winners had already been announced in May, when French rose breeder Eve – Rateau picked up four of the prestigious awards, the Public Prize wasn’t revealed until this most recent event.  

Between 3rd May and 16th June, more than 1,000 votes were cast by members of the public via an online competition platform. The winner of this category was ultimately Romanèche-la-Montagne, a glorious apricot and red cultivar by breeder Marie-Françoise Dorieux, which competed under No.58 in the Multiple Flowers category.  

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To commemorate the end of the competition, as well as the 40th anniversary of the Princess Grace Rose Garden, the Princely Government and the Friends of the Princess Grace Rose Garden Association organised an array of festivities that included an exhibition by artist Tony Szabo, a piece of collective artwork put together by Mr. One Teas, a treasure hunt, guided tours of the gardens and a concert that featured traditional Monegasque songs and jazz music performed by the Cantin d’a Roca choir and the Prince’s Carabinieri Orchestra. 

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Photo credit: Manuel Vitali / Monaco Communications Department