Behind the screen: the secrets of “History Secrets”
Stephane Bern was invited by the Prince Pierre Foundation of Monaco for a conference on the theme “Behind the screen: the secrets of “History Secrets”, at the Theatre des Varietes on Monday, March 9, 2015. The room was full to capacity confirming the popularity of this journalist, radio host, producer, comedian and one of the most admired French TV presenters, known as a specialist in history of nobility and royalty.
Stephane Bern is a dear friend of the Principality for many years now and in 2012 he proposed an emission of his “History Secrets” completely dedicated to Monaco. HSH Prince Albert opened the doors of this palace, inviting Stephane Bern to discover the history of his family, the Grimaldi’s, who reign on the Rock of Monaco for more than 700 years. From feudal lords to princesses who illustrate the court of Louis XIV, the history of the Principality blends in with that of France. With the respectful humor that characterises him, Bern shared confidential anecdotes with the public that truly enjoyed this close encounter with such an interesting and knowledgeable host.
Bern was editor of Dynasty, the magazine of grand families, rom 1985 to 1987 and the following year he worked as a journalist for Jours de France. He has been working for Le Figaro Madame since 1999 and today he is chief editor of three of the magazines. Bern narrated the royal families on Europe 1 from 1992 to 1997 before joining Radio Television Luxembourg and participating in the show Les Grosses Tetes.
Since 200, he has produced and hosted the show Le Fou du Roi (The Jester) on France Inter, the show with the most listeners in France in this time slot. It is a program that Bern conducts with very good humor in dealing with the cultural news always exercising the utmost courtesy and civility. He has been a TV host for many years, where he became very popular. At the same time Bern continues his work with Tetes Couronees (Crowned heads), publishing oeuvres such as Diane of France, the rebel princess (2003), Rainier of Monaco and the Grimaldi’s (1999), Me, Amelie, last queen of Portugal (1997), Monarchy in all its states (1992), or My own kingdom, his biography that appeared in 2000. In 2006 he published his novel A real nice world, a mundane satire.
Stephane Bern has received many decorations, notably he has been honoured with the Order of Arts and Letters in France, the Order of Grimaldi in Monaco and the Order of the British Empire, the most prestigious decoration in the United Kingdom.
“I am full of contradictions! Growing old, I feel as much a monarchist as a revolutionist.” Stephan Bern