With the National Day of Monaco upon us the festivities in the principality are well underway. National Day has been celebrated since 1857 when it was held on the feast day of St Devote, Monaco's patron. However, it has since been moved to November 19 in honor of St Rainier, the namesake of the first Grimaldi Lord of Monaco and the previous Sovereign Prince. The Princely Family has been out in force in the last couple of days to celebrate the occasion. HSH Prince Albert II handed out medals of honor at the Princely Palace to champions of various causes. One of those honored was cousin Elisabeth Anne de Massy. Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie were both on hand for the event and Princess Caroline later visited a nursery school. Yesterday, Princess Stephanie and the Sovereign Prince were at Red Cross headquarters to hand out gifts to Monaco residents. There has been a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor of Hercules with many more events, celebrations and ceremonies still to come.