Cocktails for 8,000! Lady Gaga! Prince Albert Prepares to Celebrate 10 Years on the Throne – and the Whole Country Is Invited
"This is a party for the entire Monegasque family," an organizer tells PEOPLE, "and everyone is invited"
The world’s second smallest country is preparing for a seriously super-sized celebration.
Set to mark his 10th anniversary on the throne, Monaco’s Prince Albert is throwing a multi-day party in July – and the whole country is on the guest list.
The new dad, who celebrated the grand christening of twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in May, is the guest of honor at a series of concerts and royal family appearances.
“This is a party for the entire Monegasque family,” one planner tells PEOPLE. “We’re a small country. There’s approximately 7,500 citizens [among a resident population of 35,000], and everyone knows everyone else very well – and everyone is welcome.”
To roll out the welcome mat, Prince Albert, 57, and Princess Charlene, 37, will host and attend several events. The principality’s legendary Sporting Club will feature Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in concert on July 4. And cocktails for 8,000 will be served in the Palais Square on July 11.
The afternoon cocktail with cake and hors d’oeuvres will accompany a formal balcony appearance by the extended Grimaldi family, including as many of Prince Albert’s sisters, nieces and nephews and their children as can fit on a royal balcony.
In keeping with the “homespun” feel, organizers will create the world’s largest fougasse – the country’s sweeter version of the Mediterranean pastry, which features almonds, hazelnuts and anise seeds.
On Friday evening, French comedian Gad Elmaleh, father of Prince Albert’s grand-nephew Raphael, will present a one-man show in benefit of Princess Stephanie’s Fight AIDS Monaco charity, with many of the royal family expected to attend.
And if cocktails and cake and fireworks weren’t enough, Albert and Charlene are inviting the public to come back to the Palace Square on July 12 to join them in a free concert featuring Robbie Williams among others.
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