Prince Albert II of Monaco in Cody, Wyoming?
Prince of Monaco hunting party, 1913. Prince Albert I is second from right; A.A. Anderson is far left. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. P.89.934 Image by Buffalo Bill Museum Collection
Now here's something you don't see every day. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is in Cody, Wyoming this week as the guest of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where, if you didn't know, his roots run deep.
The visit commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the prince's great, great grandfather’s legendary hunting trip with William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Prince Albert will also present the inaugural Camp Monaco Prize, a new scientific research grant supporting biodiversity studies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The Buffalo Bill Center of West released several fascinating historical photos of the 1913 expedition as well as current photos of Prince Albert's trip.
“We’re thrilled to host Prince Albert II this weekend as we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of such a unique milestone and adventure,” said Barron G. Collier II, chairman of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Board of Trustees. “We’re also proud to partner with the Prince’s foundation and the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute to award the first ever Camp Monaco Prize—an important investment into the amazing natural wonder of the American West.”
In 1913, Prince Albert I became the first reigning European head of state to visit the United States. Known for his strong interest in science, the Prince visited the US to, among other things, study the workings of the weather bureau. Prince Albert I, traveling to Wyoming by train, joined Buffalo Bill and a group of friends for a two week excursion into the Rocky Mountains near Yellowstone Park.
HSH Prince Albert II continues his ancestor’s passion for science and the environment through the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, which focuses on biodiversity, climate change, and water issues.
Over the summer, three sponsoring institutions—the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum, the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA—joined together to select the winning proposal for the inaugural Camp Monaco Prize.
The research project aims to discover new ways to monitor and safeguard migratory wildlife in Greater Yellowstone and other important conservation areas across the globe.
During his visit, Prince Albert II revisited the area surrounding the hunting camp Prince Albert I of Monaco and Buffalo Bill established in 1913, near what is now Yellowstone National Park. He also participated in a tree planting ceremony at the center and toured parts of Yellowstone that could be immediately impacted by the Camp Monaco Prize winning submission. The visit wraps up with a celebration of the winners of the Camp Monaco Prize on September 21, during the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s annual Patrons Ball.