19 November 2008

Fête Nationale - the Prince's Carabinieri

We've left Eze village for a while as we have interesting goings on in Monaco. Today is the Fête Nationale - a important day for Monégasques citizens when they get the opportunity to show their love and respect for their Prince - Albert II.

Monaco is a tiny principality of only 2 kilometres - the second smallest state in the world. It has just over 6000 citizens and 40,000 residents and a history that goes back over 700 years.

It's coming up to 10 a.m. and we are standing outside the cathedral on le rocher (the rock) waiting for the arrival of the royal family to celebrate mass. You see the Prince's Carabinieri in attendance.

Tomorrow, let's take a look at others who are waiting to enter the cathedral. And then later, we'll walk to the Palace and see the parades and glimpse the Prince, the Princesses and the rest of the royals as they enjoy music at the Palace balcony.


maria said...

(I was so involved in Eze that I forgot this is a blog of Monte Carlo......silly me.)

Nice shot, Jilly. I love pomp and circumstance - great colours!
Looking forward to seeing the royal family.

Anonymous said...

This is the first time seeing the collective guard. What an impressive group, to say the least!!

Laurie Allee said...

It may be small, but it sure packs a lot into that little bit of geography!

This is another great shot, Jilly. I agree that the guard looks impressive!

Jim Klenke said...

I love the uniforms and hats.

Small City Scenes said...

Importand day is right. MB

angela said...

Don't they look so smart? Good shot, Jilly

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