National Day in Monaco

In Monaco, the 19th of November is known as H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince’s Day, La Fête du Prince, or simply as National Day. This holiday commemorates the ascension of Prince Albert II to the throne on this date in 2005. It is the official National Day of Monaco and is celebrated with almost two days of events.

The evening before, there are fireworks over the harbor, and the following morning there is a mass in St. Nicholas Cathedral. There are also parades, concerts, and other events celebrated across the country. Many of these festivities are televised for the public.

The History of National Day in Monaco

This holiday began during the reign of Prince Charles III in the 19th century. The date of this holiday would change depending on who was in charge or what saint the prince was named after. On November 19th, 1949, Prince Rainier III ascended to the throne.

Prince Rainier III ruled for 56 years and changed Monaco immensely. He extended the territory by a fifth through land reclamation from the sea and enacted numerous urban development programs. In 2005, Prince Albert II succeeded his father and decided to pay homage to him by dedicating National Day to November 19th. This was the date of both his and his father’s ascension to the throne.

Observing National Day in Monaco

This holiday is so full of events, it is difficult to list all of them in a single holiday article, but we’ll give it a go. The holiday begins with a fireworks display over Port Hercule Harbor on the evening of the 18th. The next morning, there is a mass at St. Nicholas Cathedral, a children’s show, and an evening gala held at Espace Léo Ferré.

The next thing to pay attention to is the parade in front of the Palace, which features state officials in full uniform, ambassadors, consuls, and even the Knights of Malta. All across the country, there are also concerts, festivals, and other special events as well.

Where is it celebrated?
Monaco (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 19 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
November 19 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
November 19 Sunday