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Prince Albert of Monaco Undertakes Historic Italian Tour Without Princess Charlene

His Serene Highness, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II, continues to carry out royal engagements without his wife, Princess Charlene, by his side. 

According to the Prince's Palace, Her Serene Highness won't be back performing royal duties until she's fully recovered from the mental and emotional exhaustion she suffered last year.

The recent family portrait of Their Serene Highnesses and their twins

Princess Charlene sought medical treatment from an undisclosed location to address her "illness" and stayed in the facility for nearly two months before she returned home (Monaco) in early January this year.

She was not seen publicly since her return, until last Easter Sunday when the Prince's Palace, and the princess herself, shared a family portrait, to celebrate Easter. 

Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella accompanied Princess Stephanie, and cousins, Pauline and Camille 

Their seven-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques have been thrust into the limelight early in their lives to accompany the Sovereign Prince performing royal engagements. 

On April 16, 2022, they joined their aunt, Princess Stephanie, and her daughters, Camille Gottlieb and Pauline Ducruet, to a charity event organized for the benefit of the Kiev Circus School.

Historic Italian Tour

Prince Albert's Italian tour began on April 20, 2022, in Terlizzi, a municipality located in the province of Bari, Italy. He was welcomed by Nicola Gemmato, the municipality mayor, and helped unveiled the signage, "Historical Sites Grimaldi de Monaco".

According to the Prince's Palace, the Sovereign Prince regularly visited territories historically linked to the House of Grimaldi, which he did during this tour when he visited Apulia, one of Italy's most southern regions where the Grimaldi family history was shaped. 

On the 22nd, he continued his trip to the Poullies region, visiting the significant city of Matera, which has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Matera was declared in 2019 as the European Capital of Culture. Matera is famous for its troglodytic habitats, "the Sassi di Matera". 

He also visited Arberobello, a small town in the Itria Valley, another UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. He explored the "trulli", tiny houses built in dry stone and on a cone-shaped roof covered in limestone blades.

On the last day of his tour, on the 23rd, he attended the 12th edition of Euroflora, an exhibition dedicated to ornamental plants, which will be held in Geneva until May 8, 2022. He visited the stand of the Exotic Garden of Monaco, which will be participating in the floral manifestation.

In the Parchi di Nervi rose garden, Prince Albert had the opportunity to see the flower dedicated to his late mother, Princess Grace, the "Princess of Monaco" rose. This was presented by the local authorities to Princess Grace in 1971 during her second visit. He was also presented with a photo of his parents' visit in 1966.

The Prince then went to Giannina Gaslini Pediatric Hospital to meet doctors and hospital staff and proceeded to the Casa Rossa, a newly opened home for families of hospitalized children.

Prince Albert got to admire the Princess of Monaco Rose, named after his mother

He was welcomed by Prince Domenico Pallavicino, the Honorary Consul General of Monaco in Genoa, for lunch. He participated in the 3rd edition of the Festa della Bandiera, at the Palazoo Ducale, organized by the City Gall of Genoa.

He also received citizenship of the commune of Genoa after a presentation of the secular links between Genoa and Monaco by the historian M. James Montanari.

The Prince's Palace noted that the Sovereign Prince's recent royal engagement in the Southern region of Italy has been significant and historic because he was able to reconnect with his Italian roots and rediscovered the historical links between the House of Grimaldi and Italy.

It's still uncertain when Princess Charlene will be back in the public eye.

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