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The inauguration of the Royal Palace of Venice

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Ambassadors, public figures and royals gathered to share a sumptuous dinner in the ballroom of the Royal Palace in Venice for the inauguration of its rehabilitation.

It is to the patient and tenacious skill of Jérôme Zieseniss that we owe the rehabilitation of the 27 rooms of the Royal Palace of Venice. Twenty-two years were needed to restore the integrity of this palace, and thus double the area of ​​the Correr museum, in Saint Mark’s Square, thanks to the French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice and its many prestigious patrons. Coming for this inauguration from France, Geneva and the United States, they were all gathered around Princess Maria-Pia of Savoy, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, daughter of the last King of Italy, Umberto II who had stayed in this palace. Daughter-in-law of Princess Napoleon, Princess Béatrice de Bourbon-Siciles, godmother of this exceptional restoration since its launch in 2000, admired the room which was previously the bedroom of the Emperor of the French.

Our ambassador, Christian Masset, walked through the row of rooms, now accessible to the public, before joining the ballroom where the dinner took place. Two long tables, decorated by Matteo Corvino, draped with hand-painted tablecloths taking up the neo-classical motifs of the palace, accompanied by models of Palladian villas, welcomed the guests. An unforgettable moment of Franco-Italian friendship, to which contributed the delicious Rothschild family champagne offered by Béatrice Rosenberg, whose husband, the French academician Pierre Rosenberg, wrote the preface to the splendid book telling the story of this restoration, published by Flammarion .

Countess Anne de Caumont La Force, author, in the Salle des Villes de l’Empire. © French county for the safeguard of Venice
Bruno Roger, honorary president of Lazard, and Chantal Mérieux, patron.
Bruno Roger, honorary president of Lazard, and Chantal Mérieux, patron. © French county for the safeguard of Venice
HE the French Ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset, HRH Princess Maria-Pia of Savoy, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, HRH Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Siciles, and Jérôme-François Zieseniss in the Throne Room.
HE the French Ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset, HRH Princess Maria-Pia of Savoy, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, HRH Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Siciles, and Jérôme-François Zieseniss in the Throne Room. © French county for the safeguard of Venice
The 110 donors and friends of the French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice gathered in the ballroom of this restored Royal Palace,
The 110 donors and friends of the French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice gathered in the ballroom of this restored Royal Palace, “the missing link in the thousand-year-old history of the genius of the Serenissima”. © French county for the safeguard of Venice
LL.AA.II.RR.  Prince and Princess João of Orléans-Braganza and Princess Maria da Gloria of Orléans-Braganza, Duchess of Segorbe.
LL.AA.II.RR. Prince and Princess João of Orléans-Braganza and Princess Maria da Gloria of Orléans-Braganza, Duchess of Segorbe. © French county for the safeguard of Venice
The painter Roger de Montebello.
The painter Roger de Montebello. © French county for the safeguard of Venice
HRH Princess Maria-Pia of Savoy, Princess of Bourbon-Parme, in front of the portrait of her grandfather, Victor-Emmanuel III in the arms of her mother, Marguerite of Savoy.
HRH Princess Maria-Pia of Savoy, Princess of Bourbon-Parme, in front of the portrait of her grandfather, Victor-Emmanuel III in the arms of her mother, Marguerite of Savoy. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Lucrezia Argyropoulos-Recchi and her son Sacha in the Empress' room, in front of a fabric redone by Rubelli, identical to that of Sissi's time.
Lucrezia Argyropoulos-Recchi and her son Sacha in the Empress’ room, in front of a fabric redone by Rubelli, identical to that of Sissi’s time. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Master Paolo Trentinaglia de Daverio and Countess Matilde Zavagli Ricciardelli.
Master Paolo Trentinaglia de Daverio and Countess Matilde Zavagli Ricciardelli. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Matteo Corvino, decorator, Servane Giol, author, and his son Amerigo.
Matteo Corvino, decorator, Servane Giol, author, and his son Amerigo. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
François Pignol, treasurer of the French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice, and Véronique Lopez, in charge of the committee's communication.
François Pignol, treasurer of the French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice, and Véronique Lopez, in charge of the committee’s communication. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Richard Makin-Poole, decorator, Elizabeth Royer-Grimblat, gallery owner, and Cesare Cunaccia, art historian.
Richard Makin-Poole, decorator, Elizabeth Royer-Grimblat, gallery owner, and Cesare Cunaccia, art historian. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
The dinner decor designed by Matteo Corvino, with hand-painted tablecloths and models of Palladian villas in the ballroom of the Royal Palace.
The dinner decor designed by Matteo Corvino, with hand-painted tablecloths and models of Palladian villas in the ballroom of the Royal Palace. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Olga Yaroschevska and photographer Massimo Listri.
Olga Yaroschevska and photographer Massimo Listri. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Livia Panhard and Isabelle Vattani, wife of Italian diplomat Umberto Vattani.
Livia Panhard and Isabelle Vattani, wife of Italian diplomat Umberto Vattani. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Mariacristina Gribaudi and Gabriella Belli, President and Director of the Venice Museums Foundation.
Mariacristina Gribaudi and Gabriella Belli, President and Director of the Venice Museums Foundation. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice
Antonio Rummo, head of the Italian family pasta company Rummo and his wife Candice Pfrunder, communications director of Huawei Milan.
Antonio Rummo, head of the Italian family pasta company Rummo and his wife Candice Pfrunder, communications director of Huawei Milan. © French Committee for the Safeguarding of Venice