Celebrations began last night with a spectacular fireworks display – courtesy of this year’s winners of the annual summer fireworks competition – HC Pyrotechnics representing Belgium. The ceremonies continue with great pomp and grandeur this morning with mass held in the Cathedral St Nicolas, attended by the entire royal family and all Monaco dignitaries, state officials and distinguished ambassadors. This is followed by a military parade and a 21 gun salute from the ancient Fort Antoine. Later, in a long held tradition, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene will appear with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella both dressed in full formal dress as an early introduction for the children into the royal life they are a part of.
The Monegasque people will be in attendance to enjoy and participate in the royal pomp and ceremony taking place on Le Rocher. However, anyone visiting the Principality is invited to join in celebrations and all residents are encouraged to fly the national flag from windows and balconies. All large residences will be flying many national flags and displaying the red and white Monaco colours lighting up their buildings throughout the evenings and into the night. Celebrations will continue for a full week, with the fun fair in port Hercule in full swing and flags flying and buildings lit up in spectacular patriotic fashion.