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04.12.2011 - Prince Albert II receives ASCAT’s Grand Prix 2011
The French acronym ASCAT stands – when translated in English - for International Association of Publishers of Stamp Catalogues, Albums and Philatelic Magazines. The ASCAT members meet every two years

The French acronym ASCAT stands – when translated in English - for International Association of Publishers of Stamp Catalogues, Albums and Philatelic Magazines. The ASCAT members meet every two years during MONACOPHIL, the international stamp exhibition that is held every year in Monte Carlo, in early December.

On this occasion, the ASCAT has the habit of awarding its "Grand Prix", certainly one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of philately. The award goes preferably to those personalities active in social life that are prone to promoting philately wherever they go.

This year Prince Albert II of Monaco has been the focus of interest during the awarding ceremony. Already his great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, was an avid philatelist. His collection was passed on to his sons, Louis II and the unforgettable Rainier III, who carefully maintained and expanded the heritage. It was Rainier III who, in 1950, founded Monaco’s Postal Museum, which is, 1996, open for the public under the name Musée de Timbres. The museum is without doubt always worth a visit.

The awarding ceremony of ASCAT’s “Grand Prix” took take place on 2 December 2011. Prince Albert II received the award and the accompanying trophy – a valuable glass sculpture – from the hands of ASCAT President Hans W. Hohenester. A number of important guests from all over the world was present to watch the event. All present will without doubt be thankful for the sustained support that Prince Albert has been offering to philately in the past.