Dublin: President McAleese Welcomes Prince Albert 11 Of Monaco To Ireland

4 Apr

Prince Albert II of Monaco has arrived in Ireland at the start of a three-day state visit.

President welcomes Prince Albert Enlarge photo

Accompanied by his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, the prince was greeted by President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

The royal couple were welcomed by schoolchildren from St Joseph’s National school in Kilmessan, Co Meath, waving Irish and Monaco flags.

Albert signed the visitors’ book before a full welcome ceremony including a 21-gun salute by the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, from McKee Barracks.

The national anthems of both Ireland and Monaco were played to mark the start of the visit.

The prince inspected the guard of honour, made up of Defence Forces’ soldiers from the Army’s First Southern Brigade, along with Naval Service and Air Corps personnel.

Ms Wittstock stood with President McAleese during the ceremony, wearing a three-quarter length black coat and beige trouser suit.

Government officials have said the visit will reflect the long-standing ties between Ireland and Monaco and underline the potential for future co-operation in business, environment, research, education, tourism and culture. 

Prince’s Palace of Monaco official website

Aras an Uachtarain

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