Happy birthday Prince Albert!
Prince Albert II of Monaco was born to Prince Rainier and his wife Grace Kelly on March 14, 1958, and was baptized a month later in the Monaco Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. So it was very fitting that to mark his landmark 60th birthday, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the Monegasques were invited to a fantastic show at the Monaco Cathedral.
But earlier that day a surprise “Happy Birthday A” ice sculpture, specially created by Mario Amegee, that the Prince and his children were happy to discover in the morning outside the Palace. (Photo:Prince Albert in front of the ice sculpture by Mario Amegee of Crystal Dreams @Eric Mathon, Palais Princier)
Show depicts Five Elements fit for Environmental Prince
A multisensory show under the theme “Safeguarding Creation”, was hosted at the Monaco Cathedral for the Monegasques in the presence of Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, his children and other members of the Prince’s family.
Broken down into five tableaux depicting, in turn, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Heaven elements were conceived as a 30-minute sensory performance immersing the audience in a series of environments that were projected onto reliefs inside the Cathedral. Elements, inspired by an ancient tradition of mixing biblical symbolism with that of numbers, will offer the public an opportunity to add a more spiritual element to the emotional and sensory experience.
With the Grand Organ leading the musical accompaniment, as the center-piece, all of the musical ensembles in the Principality were represented: the Cathedral’s own Little Singers and two organists, the Choruses of the Monte-Carlo Opera and singers from the Opera’s International Professional Chorus Artist Training Program, the Monaco Brass ensemble from the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Children’s Choir from the Rainier III Music Academy, the Palace Guards Orchestra, the Monoïkos quartet and, finally, a group of ten solo singers who came especially for the occasion.
In total, some 150 professional singers and musicians who enjoy world renown and have a longstanding attachment and dedication to the Principality, ensured the staging to the music of images projected onto the pillars, vaults and walls of the Cathedral.
After this special event Prince Albert continued the celebration with a small party at the Palace with his family and a handful of close friends.
“Haven’t you heard? Sixty is the new Forty!” H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco