03 December 2010

S.A.S. la Princess Caroline & the Nurses' Graduation


A couple of evenings ago my wonderful friend, Nathalie (Avignon in Photos) invited me to meet her at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco to witness the graduation from the nursing school of her friend's daughter. It's the day the nurses receive their official badges from S.A.S. la Princesse Caroline. S.A.S stands for Son Altesse Sérénissime, which translates as Her Serene Highness.

In the main photo, the graduating nurses are waiting for her arrival. The atmosphere - the enthusiasm and excitement - amongst all the nurses and there were seemingly hundreds of them aound the room was so contagious and such fun.

In the smaller photo two of the nurses deliver short speeches: one on Florence Nightingale and the other spoke, movingly, of her time at the school. You see Princess Caroline sitting on the left and a photo of her late mother, Princess Grace, prominently displayed. Monaco's hospital, of course, is named for her.

And in the last photo, a rather grainy shot of the beautiful S.A.S. la Princesse Caroline on the stage.

More tomorrow...


9 comments:

Gunn said...

Congratulations to all the students!!
They look so HAPPY, and it must have been really special to take part in an event like that!
Have a nice weekend!!:)

Peter said...

You really feel a nice atmosphere in the first photo! ... and we need nurses! Happy to know that you and Nathalie met again!

nathalie in avignon said...

Yes Peter Jilly and I were delighted to meet again, especially on such a joyous occasion. The spirit on this graduation night was fantastic.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I bet that is a graduation ceremony that each of those nurses will remember for the rest of their lives. Hopefully it will continue to inspire them to stay in nursing for their careers.

Sharon said...

Beautiful photos!!

biebkriebels said...

Princess Caroline is still very beautiful indeed. Lovely you saw her, nice captured.

Sally said...

She's not bad for an "old chick" !!! (we were born the same year!!!)

Kate said...

A wonderful ceremony accompanied by your photos.

Dlife said...

Caroline must be an example for everybody.

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