Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Albert II of Monaco took part in the opening ceremony of the exhibition The Romanovs and the Grimaldis. Three Centuries of History at the Tretyakov Gallery as part of the cultural programme of the Days of Monaco in Russia, reports Kremlin web site on Thursday.
The exhibition, which marks the 10th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Monaco, is dedicated to the development of historical ties between the Russian royal house and the princely house of Grimaldi.
“This exhibition is without question an important event in our countries’ cultural lives, all the more so as it gives the start to the wide-ranging programme of the Days of Monaco in Russia, which opens today,” Mr Putin said.
The two dynasties’ relations are illustrated at the exhibition through official decrees and manifestos, letters and photographs, diary entries and souvenir albums, paintings and personal objects. The exhibits come from various Russian archives and museums and from the Monaco princely court’s collection.
“I am very glad that we began your [Prince of Monaco Albert II] visit with a milestone event – with opening an exhibition devoted to the ties between Monaco and Russia. We saw, at the first hand, how long and how constructive relations between Russia and Monaco have been developing,” Mr Putin said during the meeting with the prince after visiting the exhibition.
The exhibition will be held from October 7 to November 13.
Today, October 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates his 64th birthday. According to his spokeperson Dmitry Peskov he will celebrate it in a circle of relatives and friends.
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