22nd French week: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon, Commemorations in South Africa

Commemoration, Tour
from 28/05/2018 to 03/06/2018
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To mark the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of the “Route du Prince Impérial”, several events are being held as part of “French Week in Pietermaritzburg”, including guided museum visits, concerts and other commemorative events.

22nd French week: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon, Commemorations in South Africa

“La Route du Prince Impérial” was inaugurated on 1 June 1996 to commemorate the time Louis-Napoleon, only son of Napoléon III and his wife the Empress Eugenie, spent in South Africa before his untimely death at the hands of Zulu warriors on 1 June 1879. The route follows the footsteps of the pilgrimage made by the Prince’s grieving mother in 1880, who held a night vigil at the spot where Louis-Napoleon was killed. A monument has since been erected at this site.

Among the ‘Imperial’ events on the programme (full programme here):

Monday 28 May, 10h00: Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg
Guided Visit of the Prince Imperial exhibition

Wednesday 30 May 13h00: Project Gateway, Pietermaritzburg
Annual Prince Imperial lunchtime concert

Friday 1 June 18h00: Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
A concert to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the “Route du Prince Impérial”, featuring Pietermaritzburg musicians.

Saturday 2 June 09h30: The Allard House Chapel
18th annual memorial mass for the Prince Imperial, and also this year for Jean-Claude Lachnitt, a French specialist on the Prince Imperial.

Sunday 3 June 11h00: Imperial Monument, Uqweqwe

Commemoration at the tomb of the Prince Imperial, laying of wreaths (preceeded by a visit to the primary school at 10h00)

Full programme here (pdf)

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