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Inauguration of the Princess Louise-Hippolyte promenade and the Anne-Marie Campora and Joséphine Baker squares

H.S.H. Prince Albert II, accompanied by His sister H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, inaugurated the Princess Louise-Hippolyte promenade and the Anne-Marie Campora and Josephine Baker squares in the Larvotto district at the end of the morning on Saturday 25 September.

The Prince and Princess joined representatives of various Monegasque institutions and members of the Campora and Baker families to attend this event paying tribute to three exceptional women who have marked the history of the Principality.

The first plaque was unveiled on the Rose des Vents esplanade, the site of the new Anne-Marie Campora Square, the first woman elected Mayor of Monaco. During her three terms of office (from 1991 to 2003), she worked to improve the daily life and living environment of the Monegasque population. She was responsible for numerous achievements in the fields of entertainment, culture, traditions and politics.

The Sovereign Prince and Princess Caroline then unveiled the plaque of Princess Louise-Hippolyte, daughter of Prince Antoine I and mother of Honoré III, who was the first and only reigning Princess in the Principality's history. Her reign was short (10 months) due to her premature death at the age of 34, but it marked the history of the country and showed, thanks to the will of Princess Louise-Hippolyte, that a woman could hold the highest office.

Their Highnesses finally unveiled the plaque for Josephine Baker Square, located at the end of the Larvotto promenade. This multi-talented American artist (singer, dancer, actress, showgirl) with an extraordinary destiny had a deep attachment to Monaco and to Princess Grace, with whom she had formed a close friendship. The first black star in France in 1925, Josephine Baker was a militant for the emancipation of black Americans, and she was also involved in the resistance during the Second World War. She will be elevated to the Pantheon next November but her remains will stay in the Monaco cemetery.

Inauguration of the Princess Louise-Hippolyte promenade and the Anne-Marie Campora and Joséphine...