Prince Albert of Monaco absent: This event that moved his sister H.S.H Princess Caroline to tears

Currently traveling in Norway, Prince Albert could not pay a last tribute to a Monegasque firefighter who died in a fire during an intervention. His sister Caroline took over with great emotion.

A close member of the Monegasque royal family has died. On Monday, June 20, the princely palace announced sad news on Instagram: “H.S.H. Prince Albert II learned with great sadness the death yesterday in the line of duty of Sergeant Thierry Perard.” Before continuing, “For the first time in its history, the unit of fire soldiers of the Principality loses one of its own, in operation in the performance of his duty to save lives.” A tribute was therefore held in the absence of Albert II, currently in Norway with his family.


According to Royal Stories, it was his sister Caroline of Hanover who attended the funeral of the sergeant, on behalf of the princely family. Present to pass on her condolences, the prince’s sister was overcome with grief during the ceremony conducted by Bishop Dominique-Marie David. Behind her sunglasses, a few tears flowed. But with great dignity, she wiped away the tears of the relatives of the deceased and gave them a long hug. Despite his absence, Albert II was represented by his aide-de-camp, Colonel Luc Fringant. And he also made it known that he “deeply regretted not being personally present at the national tribute” that was paid to the firefighter on June 24.


Prince Albert II present at a distance

Although the prince is away with his family, he asked that flags be flown at half-mast throughout the Principality for this tribute. At the same time, he promoted Sergeant Pérard to the rank of chief sergeant in the fire department. And he also named the deceased knight of the order of Saint-Charles posthumously. In addition to his actions, the husband of Charlene of Monaco had a thought for the victim: “His Serene Highness wishes to assure the wife and daughter of this firefighter of the share, with his family, he takes in their deep sorrow. And to conclude: “He also expresses the deep emotion of the Fire Brigade of the Principality and of the entire Public Force, affected by this terrible event.

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