It’s hard to imagine a less formal royal occasion than U Cavagnëtu. If you have trouble pronouncing it, just call it Monaco Picnic, as many people do.
Open to all residents of Monaco, the annual open-air event began in 1931 as an initiative of the City Hall. It was soon adopted by Prince Rainier, who expanded its reach (at one point moved it to a football stadium in Monaco) and has since become a hugely popular ‘family event’ held at Princess Antoinette Park. A unique combination of colorful festivals, folk dances, garden parties, members of the royal family and traditional local food culture.
Returning this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prince Albert told PEOPLE:
“It’s a great, very informal setting,” he continues. “The mass that opens it is a bit formal, but then it goes right into the picnic and has a little cocktail party vibe. It’s nice to be able to walk around and say, ‘Tell me about your summer type of conversation.'” That is… with someone you know. ”
Prince Albert, 64, was joined by his family, including his wife, Princess Charlene, 44, and twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jack, who are 7 years old. Prior to the pandemic, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene had planned a picnic with their children.
One of the charms of a picnic is its fashionable atmosphere and fashion. This year, the royal family did not disappoint. Prince Albert headed out to the park in a casual “dad” look, while Princess Charlene wore a striking high-collared white lace tunic and trousers by South African designer Terrence Bray.
The twins debuted new handcrafted haircuts and coordinated outfits.
The twins first showed up at a picnic when they were eight months old, the father said.
“And the kids don’t quite understand what that means yet, but they’re always running around and playing with other kids, so they’re always having a good time,” he says.
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Prince Albert said, “When it comes to the kids, we’ve been minimally prepared this year. I haven’t actually sat down and explained, but they know something is going on.” increase.
After two years of health concerns caused by the pandemic, the resurgence of autumn traditions has not lost its significance for Prince Albert.
“I’m sure there will be lots of handshakes and lots of kisses and hugs,” he says with a smile.
“Most of the people there, I’ve already seen recently, I’m sure it’s going to be a good crowd there because people really want to have a good time,” he says. Being able to socialize with friends, having good food and good drinks – we saw that with our visitors back to Monaco this summer.”