Prince Albert goes on a discreet official visit and donates ‘1 million euros’ to the former TCD library
Prince Albert of Monaco made a “substantial donation” for the conservation of the old library of Trinity College in Dublin, we learned yesterday.
is six-year-old twins, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, accompanied him on a trip to Trinity, where an unveiling ceremony was held to mark the donation.
Although the sum was not disclosed by Trinity College, it is believed to be around $ 1million.
Although she may not have accompanied him on his trip to Ireland yesterday, Prince Albert has revealed that his wife’s ancestors, Princess Charlene, were instrumental in founding Trinity.
His paternal line descends from the Fagans of Feltrim, a prosperous 16th century Dublin family.
Brothers Christopher and Richard Fagan, who both served as mayors of Dublin, were instrumental in founding the university in 1592.
Princess Charlene, whom Prince Albert married 10 years ago, has been in South Africa for more than three months and was reportedly hospitalized on Wednesday after collapsing due to complications from an infection she contracted in may.
In a recent interview, the prince said his wife “is ready to come at home ”, affirming that his return to Monaco is based on the authorization of the doctors.
He called Trinity as part of his three day visit to Ireland.
It has been 10 years since his first state visit here, and 60 years since his parents Prince Rainier and Princess Grace captured the hearts of the Irish public in 1961 on their official visit.
Trinity Provost and Chair, Professor Linda Doyle, said: “Her visit builds on Trinity’s existing links with Monaco through the Irish Princess Grace Library and our Center for War Studies.
An unveiling ceremony took place of a frieze with the names of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene on the University Benefactors’ wall at the entrance to the dining room, and another frieze containing the prince’s name Albert on the gallery of the log room of the old library.
He said: “It is with great pleasure that, thanks to this donation, I follow in the footsteps of my mother who had a deep affection for Ireland and points out the connection with the ancestors of Princess Charlene, who have was instrumental in the founding of Trinity. “
A visit to UCD Smurfit School was also on the schedule, where the prince visited the Blackrock campus with founder Michael Smurfit, UCD President Andrew Deeks and UCD College of Business Dean Anthony Brabazon,
Prince Albert spent time chatting with current students and young alumni and received a special collection of the works of Séamus Heaney.
Previously, he had also called in Áras an Uachtaráin and had taken time with President Michael D Higgins to look at photos of his parents’ visit there in the early 1960s.
He expressed his “sincere gratitude to President Higgins for the warm welcome” extended to me and to the Monegasque delegation “during the visit, when he signed the guestbook.
“I sincerely wish that all of our joint ventures meet with great success,” he said in his entry.
The royal visit to Ireland may have been official, but its tone was decidedly low-key.
It comes as the royal couple have had to endure speculation in some sections of the French media, due to the princess’ prolonged absence from the Principality of Monaco.
She posted photos of the family group on Instagram last month, saying, “I’m so thrilled to have my family with me.”
Princess Charlene visited South Africa in May to raise awareness about rhino poaching.
In an interview with South African radio station 702 in July, the princess explained that her trip was initially scheduled to last 12 days, but was extended due to health complications.
“Unfortunately, I had a problem leveling my ears and found out from the doctors that I had a sinus infection, and a pretty serious infection,” she said.
“So it takes time to adjust to this problem that I have. I cannot force the healing, so I will be locked up in South Africa until the end of October.
“I cannot fly above three thousand meters, otherwise I will have a problem with my ears. I feel good, I feel good. Obviously, this is a waiting game for me.
Meanwhile, in a new interview with People magazine, Prince Albert said his wife’s return to Monaco relies on medical clearance, but that she is “impatient” to go home.
” She is ready. She joked that she was ready to board a ship back to Europe, ”he said.
“I know she said maybe late October, but that was before that last round of nominations.
“I’m pretty sure we can shorten that time a bit.”
Her comments follow reports that Princess Charlene was rushed to hospital by ambulance on Wednesday after collapsing due to complications from the infection.
The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation declared Tatler: “Her medical team is currently evaluating her but has confirmed that the princess is stable.”
Monaco Palace added:
“Prince Albert and their children will join her during her recovery period. “
Prince Albert and his children last visited Princess Charlene in South Africa the week.