Monaco’s National Day celebrates the Sovereign Prince and the independence of the Principality of Monaco. It was celebrated for the first time on 16th May 1734 by Honoré III.

The date was changed in 1854 by Prince Charles III, who fixed it at 4 November, the feast day of his own patron saint. H.S.H. Prince Albert could have done the same by choosing 15 November, Saint Albert’s Day.

However, he preferred to keep the date of 19 November in memory of his father, Prince Rainier.