Prince for all time and all continents

100 years since he died Albert I, The Principality is almost unrecognizable. Historically, each prince has contributed since the Grimaldi dynasty began in 1297. Francesco Grimaldi I grabbed a castle on a rock with my cousin Rainier, who wanted to disguise himself as a Franciscan monk. It was the “Big Bang” commemorated with the coat of arms of Grimaldis. There is a landmark of continuous evolution, a pillar that Monaco’s future prosperity has built since then. The reign of Albert I is one of those evolutionary landmarks.

One of those recognizable modern pillars is undoubtedly the alliance with the enterprising Blanc by Albert I’s father Charles III in the 19th century. Prosperous casino And 10 of the sociale de band emails The one-year-old Prince Hereditary laid the foundation.

In the dynasty of more than 700 years, pillars are constantly installed, and the reign of Albert I is one of the most important. From the 19th century, when Albert I took the throne and was promoted to a thriving pearl position in the communities of today’s Monaco’s global nations, giants, admired scientists, could change the fate of the Principality. I got a humanist’s shoulder. His great-grandson Albert II.

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Albert I Great scholar, scientist, Mariner

We all know Albert I, a great scholar, scientist, great explorer and mariner.Read again about his groundbreaking voyage and exploration of the dangerous polar regions He is on board his four research vessels, “Swallow,” “Princess Alice,” “Princess Alice II,” and “Swallow II,” a biographical website Albert led science and traditionally accompanied a team of scientists such as biologists, zoologists, botanists, and geographers. All his discoveries have been recognized by the world’s scientific community. Albert I was elected a member of the British Academy of Sciences in 1909 and was awarded the honorary gold medal by the American Association of Geographers in 1921, known as the “Prince Scientist.”

Albert I politician

Apart from his distinction as a scientist and a great maritime explorer, he also recklessly devoted himself to improving both the Principality and the world as a politician. His vision was so profound that much of today’s global debate arose from his scientific initiative and deep ethics.And very importantly, he institutionalized Monaco to make it a global catalyst for solving the major problems humanity faces for global well-being, peace, and the future of the planet. That’s what I did..

All of the following institutions, many of which are scientific or ethical, are due to his devoted efforts. A marine research institute with two major institutions: the Monaco Marine Museum and the Marine Research Institute in Paris (now Maison de Ocean-House of the Ocean). International Hydrographic Organization; International Peace Institute; Monaco’s Constitution itself: Constitutional Monarchy; Institute of Human Paleobiology in Paris; Prehistoric Anthropology Museum; Monaco Science Center; Monaco’s Multimedia Library; Sea and Planets for the Future The Prince’s Foundation to protect. While these institutions have made a historic leap in Monaco and the international order, there are also some steps that may surprise Albert I’s achievements, his entry into science and oceanography. Don’t always outperform them with great contributions. ..

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Albert IА Ethics Man And a courageous peacemaker

Drafus Incident, event

Did you know that Albert I was the only head of state to speak publicly in support of Dreyfuss at the time? This was courageous given the relationship between Monaco and France, and its hierarchy was lined up against Dreifus. His ethical position on the Dreyfus affair can be collected from his letter to Zora’s “I blame!” (“I blame”) was a historically famous open letter published by Emile Zola on January 13, 1898 in the newspaper L’Aurore in response to the Dreyfus affair. Zora addressed French President Felix Faure and accused his government of anti-Semitism and the illegal imprisonment of French Army officer Alfred Dreyfus, who was sentenced to lifelong criminal slavery for spying. bottom. Zora pointed out a judicial error and a lack of serious evidence. The letter was printed on the cover of a newspaper and caused a turmoil both inside and outside France.

In response to Zora’s “I am a denunciation” letter, I wrote to Prince Albert. “Your statement contains the most wonderful emotions that the soul can express. It honors humanity and adds a ray of light to the glory of France. For all who admire the independence and integrity of patriotism. You are higher than the fame of your talent. “

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Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II (left) and Prince Albert II (right) @

Peace between nations

In a tense era leading up to World War I, Prince Albert made many attempts to discourage Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II from the war. When the war broke out, Prince Albert was inevitably involved. In one case, he personally wrote to Kaiser to improve the consequences of General Karl von Bülow’s anger. Without the intervention of the prince, the French villages of Sissonne and Marche would have been destroyed. In “The Great War to End All Wars,” Monaco declared neutral, but in fact provided the Allies with hospitals, a recovery center, and soldiers, including Louis, the only son of Prince Albert. ..

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The French sports magazine “La Vieau Grand Air”, published March 30, 1905, had a big article about Prince Monaco’s sports hobbies. @

The power behind women’s liberation in sports

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, was, as is well known, an opponent of women’s participation as athletes in the Olympics. And when the first post-war event was held in Antwerp in 1920, women participated in as many sports as the last pre-war Olympics in Stockholm in 1912. That is, there are only two things: tennis (with Suzanne Lenglen) and swimming.

Prince Albert I lent his weight to the women’s sports movement. In 1921, the day after the Antwerp Olympics, an event was held in Monte Carlo, attracting more than 100 female athletes from five countries. Similar conferences were held in the Principality in 1922 and 1923.

The 1921 program included a series of athletic events and basketball tournaments won by the British team. Women’s sports exercises were accelerating.

During the second women’s sports conference in Monaco, Alice Milliat of France announced that the first women’s Olympics will be held at Stud Persing in Paris on August 20, 1922.

The International Women’s Sports Federation (FSFI) was established in Paris on October 31, 1921. That pioneering day’s business included the registration of the first women’s world record. Miriat himself declared the opening of the “World’s First Women’s Olympics”. Those newly registered world record strings have been shattered. It took time for these pioneering attempts at gender equality to be celebrated by the International Olympic Committee. But by the end of World War II, the battle to lead women’s sports into the future has advanced.

At the 1948 London Olympics (Fanny Blankers Cohen’s game), there were no individual running races over 200 meters, but the women’s athletics program was actually expanded to nine events. The battle between Alice Milliat and her colleagues ended with creating a platform for the future.

Never forget that Albert I of Monaco acted as a catalyst. Monte Carlo was an early venue for promoting women’s sports and gender equality.

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Motor Racing and Monte Carlo

The prince of scholars may also deserve the title of Prince Larry. Did you know that Albert I helped launch the first tourist rally known as “Rallye Automobile” hosted by the Sport Automobile et Vélocipédique Society, chaired by MA Noghès? And later the driving force behind the Monaco Grand Prix was the Noguez racing family and Louis Chiron. He first ran in 1929 with the blessing of Albert I’s son Louis.

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Monaco’s post-stamp dedicated to Albert I of Monaco, Nobel Prize-winning physiology Charles Robert and marine biologist Paul Portier, a member of the L’Hirondelle II ship’s scientific expedition. @

A prosperous culture under Albert I

A great wave of culture flowed from the energy of Princess Alice, wife of Albert I. The partnership between Princess Alice and Prince Albert I in the cultural arena has once again reaffirmed Monaco’s position as a wonderful cultural center. On October 30, the same year in Paris, after Albert took the throne of Monaco with the death of his father in 1889, he married Delishrew, Niemarie Aliceheine, Duchess of Dwager. Alice Heine, the American daughter of a New Orleans building contractor, a descendant of German Jews, married Duc de Richelieu, but by the age of 21, she died and her childhood. I left with my son Armand. Her marriage to Prince Albert brought equal blessings to him and the little Principality of Monaco, as Alice provided strong business insights long before she was young. She spent a lot of energy making Monaco one of Europe’s great cultural centers with operas, theaters and ballet under the direction of the famous Russian emperor Sergei Diaghilev.

Prince Monaco was a close friend of two famous composers of his time, Jules Massenet and Camille Saint-Saens. His friendship with Saint-Saens began in 1891 at a conference at the French Institute. They called each other “my dear colleague”. Prince Albert showed his friend Saint-Saens his enthusiasm and support for the art of writing this phrase. “Science and art are the two forces that have determined the evolution of mankind,” he said.

Since 1904, Saint-Saens’ most famous operas “Samson and Delilah”, “Savage”, “Henry VIII”, “Helen” and “Deianira” have been performed at the Monte Carlo Opera. At the request of the prince, Camille Saint-Saens wrote a special song for the opening of the Maritime Museum in 1910.

The boulevard and promenade in the center of Monaco are named after Albert I.

On the shoulders of giants

So what can we conclude about this extraordinary prince? He is as relevant today as it was over a century ago. Looking at the challenges facing the world today, the world’s places of tension and war zones, the health threats currently dominated by Covid, and especially the future of the oceans and planets—all life is our ocean, Relying on Prince Albert, I have given us the insight and foundation to tackle these enormous challenges, including sustainability. He is more relevant than his own time, and perhaps even more. The prince, who founded the Peace Institute before the League of Nations and the United Nations, is on par with him as a person of peace today.

No more ethical peacemakers are needed. Never before has a great scientist like Albert I needed.

Take advantage of the famous phrase for the princes who followed Albert I in the 20th and 21st centuries — if they look further, by standing on the shoulders of giants — Prince Albert I. Prince for all time and all continents

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