Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit Greater Yellowstone region in 2013 to commemorate centennial of Wyoming hunting trip by Albert I and guide, Buffalo Bill

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At the invitation of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Prince Albert I of Monaco traveled to Wyoming in September 1913 for a big game hunt just outside Yellowstone National Park. Now, a hundred years later, Albert's great, great grandson, Prince Albert II, has announced a return trip to the region in 1913 to commemorate "Camp Monaco."*

Prince Albert of Monaco to attend Patrons Ball

Prince Albert II of Monaco accepts Buffalo Bill Historical Center invitation for 2013

[The Buffalo Bill Historical Center] looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Albert II and the Principality of Monaco.

At its annual benefit Patron's Ball on Saturday, September, 22, 2012, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming--just east of Yellowstone National Park--announced that His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco Albert II has accepted its invitation to attend the 2013 Patrons Ball.

“As you may know, 2013 is a special year for us all as we celebrate, with enormous pride and pleasure, the centennial of the visit to Cody of Prince Albert I, the scholarly prince and co-founder of oceanography,” Gilles Noghes Ambassador of Monaco wrote in prepared remarks. “In September 1913, he went hunting with the iconic Buffalo Bill."

“Now, I have the distinct honor of informing you that Prince Albert II of Monaco, the great, great grandson of Albert I, has accepted the kind invitation of Governor Matt Mead of the State of Wyoming and the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to participate in this celebration and will be present here next year!”

Albert I was a noted visionary with particular concern for deforestation and over-fishing in ocean waters. In the 21st century, Prince Albert II carries on the same tradition with his scientific interest in the environment, a natural extension of his great, great grandfather’s passions. Six years ago, he created the Prince Albert II Foundation with the stated purpose to protect the environment and encourage sustainable development. With details soon to come, the Foundation has decided to honor the biodiversity of the Greater Yellowstone region by awarding—for the first time next year—an important prize of biodiversity which is co-sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the University of Wyoming's Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

“We are so delighted that HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco is joining us here next year,” Barron Collier II, Chairman of the Center’s Board of Trustees said. “His environmental awareness and concern bodes well for us as we share the Prince’s great passion for this area—and more broadly for the planet. Like our namesake, we celebrate the very global nature of the Spirit of the American West with our commitment to history, science, and culture. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Albert II and the Principality of Monaco.”

The next Buffalo Bill Historical Center Annual Patrons Ball takes place September 21, 2013. For more information, visit the Center's Web site. To learn more about the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Biodiversity Prize, monitor the natural history section of the Center's Web site.

Committed to connecting people with the Spirit of the American West, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms technology and the nature of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is now operating its fall schedule, open daily, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For general information, visit the Center's Web site, or call 307.587.4771.

  • The Camp Monaco tree was removed from the forest in 1994 due to its fragile condition after the Yellowstone fires of 1988. The trunk with “Camp Monaco 1913” is on loan to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center from the Shoshone National Forest.

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