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Visit of H.S.H. the Prince to Allier and Puy-de-Dôme

As part of His regular visits to territories historically linked to His family, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited Allier and Puy-de-Dôme on July 15.
Welcomed in the middle of the morning by the Prefect of Allier, Jean-Francis Treffel, by the President of the Departmental Council, Claude Riboulet, and by the President of the Vichy Community, Frédéric Aguilera, H.S.H. the Prince first visited the Ligier factory in Abrest, a French manufacturer of license-free cars and electric utility vehicles, which notably equips the Post Office of Monaco.
The Sovereign Prince continued his trip to Effiat, in the Puy-de-Dôme department, where he was welcomed by the Prefect Philippe Chopin, by Marc Carrias, mayor of the town, and by the local population.
After a republican ceremony in front of the town hall, attended by many regional and local elected officials, including the President of the Departmental Council Lionel Chauvin, H.S.H. the Prince unveiled the official plate declaring Effiat a member of the network of the historical Grimaldi of Monaco sites, as the Coiffier d'Effiat family is part of the lineage of Louise d'Aumont-Mazarin, who married, in 1777, the future Prince Honoré IV.
The procession then headed to the village church, where lies the tomb of the Maréchal d'Effiat, on which the Sovereign paid his respects, before visiting the castle, a major architectural project of the distinguished ancestor of the family, and now classified as a historical monument.
Guided by the owner, Mr. Hubert de Moroges, H.S.H. the Prince discovered the history of the Maréchal d'Effiat, friend of Richelieu and minister of King Louis XIII, whose princely title inherited the marquisates of Longjumeau and Chilly, as well as the barony of Massy.
This visit in Auvergne ended with a tour of the "L'Aventure Michelin" museum, where His Serene Highness was welcomed by Florent Menegaux, President of the French tire manufacturer.
 

Visit of H.S.H. the Prince to Allier and Puy-de-Dôme