Above picture: from left to right: Countess Anastasia Mikhailovna de Torby; Nadejda Mikhailovna de Torby; Prince Michael Mikhailovich, Count de Torby; Countess Sophie of Merenberg, Countess de Torby; Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia. Lady Butter with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. (Photo courtesy Intercontinental Carlton)
One hundred years of history, one hundred years of elegance on the Croisette. One hundred years is worth celebrating… Majestically! The InterContinental Carlton Cannes has officially launched the celebration of the century of elegance on February 22. For this anniversary, the etablishment has organized a spectacular day in the image of its listed facade. The program included a press conference, a cocktail, and a gala centenary lunch with 150 guests and personalities.
The event began with a press conference on the history of the hotel since its construction, narrated with brio by a great storyteller: Carlton’s General Manager François Chopinet. Journalists were treated to the first surprise of the day: the encounter with Lady Butter, member of the British aristocracy, and granddaughter of Grand Duke Michael, patron of the hotel in 1913. The alert octogenarian, who has known the Carlton when she was aged 18 months, is frequently returned with her husband, recalling with delight the raspberry juice she loved to sip on the terrace and the recipe for scrambled eggs that the Carlton’s bartender had taught her. Lady Butter was accompanied by her son Charles, her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren. Her presence has made the past alive, bringing together the past splendor of Belle Epoque customers with the glamor of the present and future customers of the hotel.
Then the festivities went on with a cocktail at 12:00: when he arrived at Cannes, the Grand Duke built the Mandelieu-La-Napoule Old Course golf in 1891. Visionary, he promoted the city of Cannes under the slogan “Cannes, the city of Elegant Sports.” The InterContinental Carlton wanted to honor him and was inspired by this image of elegant sports to decorate the cocktail room, by exposing period golf clubs and tennis rackets.
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