On December 1st 2019, in the presence of HRH Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Grand Prefect, the investitures of the new knights of our Order took place in Naples at the Pontifical Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. The Prior and Bishop Emeritus of Benevento, Monsignor Andrea Mugione, as well as Princess Beatrice, awarded the new knights and participated in the concert that followed, whose aim was to raise funds. Then, thanks to the hospitality of the Rector of the Basilica, a cocktail reception took place.
On December 2nd 2019, HRH Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, accompanied by Delegate Federica de Gregorio Cattaneo, went to the exhibition of the association “Avventura di Latta”, hosted by the artistic director of the association Mr. Marco Cecere. The association was born in Naples and hires 10 African migrants who are learning the traditional techniques of Neapolitan artisans. The laboratory was created with the aim of promoting, through art, a model of social inclusion that can give refugees and migrants a chance for training and work.
On December 4th H.R.H. Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, accompanied by the Delegate Federica de Gregorio Cattaneo and the delegation adviser Giovanni de Lutio di Castelguidone, visited the “juvenile prison” in Nisida, where she was kindly welcomed by the director Gianluca Guida. Princess Beatrice could observe the enormous work accomplished in this prison for the recovery and reintegration into social life of these young people, and encouraged the volunteers to teach the job to the boys. The non-profit organization “Monelli tra i fornelli” and the ceramic workshop “Nesis” are an admirable example.
On December 3rd H.R.H. Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, accompanied by the Delegate Federica de Gregorio Cattaneo and the delegation adviser Giovanni de Lutio di Castelguidone, visited the female prison in Pozzuoli, where she was kindly welcomed by the director Maria Luisa Palma. Princess Beatrice was therefore able to meet and encourage prisoners who participate in rehabilitation programs, for example thanks to the activities of the cooperative “Le Lazzarelle”, which produces coffee according to the oldest Neapolitan tradition and packs handmade gift boxes.
CAMPANIA: EVENTS IN TORRE DEL GRECO, PORTICI AND SAN GIORGIO A CREMANO IN THE PRESENCE OF H.R.H. THE GRAND PREFECT
On December 5th, HRH Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Grand Prefect, accompanied by Marquise Federica de Gregorio Cattaneo dei Principi di Sant’Elia, Delegate of Naples and Campania, visited the Coral Museum of the Institute Francesco Degni in Torre del Greco. Her Royal Highness was welcomed by the school director, Rossella Di Matteo, and was able to see precious examples of works created by students and teachers, as well as works from donations or purchases. The students then carried out a practical demonstration in the school’s laboratories.
Also on the same date, the Grand Prefect visited the Baronial Palace of Torre del Greco, whicj is the main venue of the Municipality and of cultural events. HRH the Grand Prefect was received by the Mayor Giovanni Palomba and visited the Palace where an exhibition entitled Arte a Palazzo had been set up.
In addition, Princess Beatrice visited the MAVV Museum in the Royal Palace in Portici and was received by mayor Vincenzo Cuomo, also in the presence of Eugenio Gervasio and the director of the Department of Agriculture, Matteo Lorito. Princess Beatrice also visited the Museum of Art and Wine.
Princess Beatrice paid tribute to the students of the “Carlo Urbani” high school in San Giorgio a Cremano, by participating in the educational project “Citizenship and Constitution” which was held at the prestigious Villa Bruno. Her Royal Highness was received by the mayor Giorgio Zinno, in the presence of the cultural adviser Pietro De Martino and the president of the municipal council, Giuseppe Giordano. Princess Beatrice answered many questions formulated directly by the students on how to understand the role of nobility today illustrating, among others, the commitment of the members of the Royal House in the promotion of charitable works.