On April 12, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco attended a gala event held in the Salone dei Cinquecento to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Consulate of the Principality of Monaco in Florence.
Part of the funds raised during the evening will be donated to the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, a non-profit organization founded by Albert II, Prince of Monaco, in 2006 to protect and progress planetary health; the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, which seeks to empower people and communities suffering from disease, poverty and social exclusion; and the Istituto degli Innocenti, one of the oldest public institutions in Italy dedicated to the care, upbringing and protection of children.
Veronica Berti Bocelli, wife of Andrea Bocelli, and Alessandro Giusti, honorary consul of the Principality of Monaco in Florence, both attended the event. Speakers were made by Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence; the ambassador of Principality of Monaco in Italy, Anne Eastwood; and the ambassador of Italy in the Principality of Monaco, Giulio Alaimo.
A special stamp and a brochure about the consulate’s activities were presented at the event. The celebrations also coincide with the centenary of the birth of Florentine artist Silvano “Nano” Campeggi, whose widow Elena Campeggi and son Giovanni Battista presented their Royal Highnesses with original portraits of Grace Kelly, Princess Consort of Monaco painted during some of her most famous films.