Photo by 2018 Embassy of Monaco/by Zaid Hamid (c)
Amb. Maguy Maccario Doyle (left) and Kellyanne Conway
Amb. Maguy Maccario Doyle (left) and Kellyanne Conway

An astonishingly few guests checked their smart phones for breaking news at the Monaco garden party Wednesday night. Who had to when White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was right there…mingling, chatting… with Monaco’s ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle and scores of others.

Kay Kendall, chair, DC Commission on The Arts and Humanities (Photo by: Natalia Janette) Kay Kendall, chair, DC Commission on The Arts and Humanities

Not that she shared any secrets about the Trump-Putin summit or anything else, chuckled one guest who engaged her briefly in friendly conversation.

Rubbing shoulders at the Monaco residence garden party (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rubbing shoulders at the Monaco residence garden party

The scene, almost like a LA movie set, was the gorgeous patio at Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle’s residence in Kalorama. Fortunately, the rain gods stayed away.

Architect Theo Adamstein glances up from conversations on the patio (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Architect Theo Adamstein glances up from conversations on the patio

The mid-summer soirĂ©e drew diplomats, aerospace executives, government and business leaders, as well as art and cultural personalities.  The buffet was truly uptown fare: salmon, steak filet, salads, cheese and petite desserts.

Washington Ballet's Brittany Stone & Brooklyn Mack (Photo by: (c) Embassy of Monaco/By Zaid Hamid) Washington Ballet's Brittany Stone & Brooklyn Mack

“July has a very special meaning for all of us in the Principality,” said Monaco’s Ambassador“It was July 12, 2005 that our sovereign Prince Albert ascended to the throne of Monaco,” She then noted that his late mother, Princess Grace, was from the United States (where she had been film star Grace Kelly).

Adrienne Arsht, Amb. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani & Amb. Doyle (Photo by: (c) Embassy of Monaco/By Zaid Hamid) Adrienne Arsht, Amb. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani & Amb. Doyle

“Join me in toasting his very good health and long reign.”

The Kennedy Center's Alicia Adams (left) with Mary V. Mochary (Photo by: (c) Embassy of Monaco/By Zaid Hamid) The Kennedy Center's Alicia Adams (left) with Mary V. Mochary

The ambassador invited the gathering to participate in Monaco events this fall in DC, New York City and Monaco.

Alyssa & Jamie Brawner, Kellyanne Conway, Jackie Bolden, Amb. Doyle, General Charlie Bolden, Dr.  Ellen Stofan & Tim Dunn (Photo by: (c) Embassy of Monaco/By Zaid Hamid) Alyssa & Jamie Brawner, Kellyanne Conway, Jackie Bolden, Amb. Doyle, General Charlie Bolden, Dr. Ellen Stofan & Tim Dunn

She said that on September 6, Monaco will partner with The Washington Diplomat newspaper and Dr. Ellen Stofan, director of the Smithsonian’s Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, for an ambassador insider series on Monaco’s role in the future of air and space travel, and the importance of earth and environmental science.

Karen Schaufeld, Monaco's Ambassador, Shahim Mafi & Anne Kline (Photo by: (c) Embassy of Monaco/By Zaid Hamid) Karen Schaufeld, Monaco's Ambassador, Shahim Mafi & Anne Kline

Prince Albert has taken a leadership role globally in environment conservation everywhere: on land, the waterways and the oceans.

Dr. Tina Alster (left) with Kellyanne Conway (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Dr. Tina Alster (left) with Kellyanne Conway

Among the some 50 guests were Qatar Ambassador Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani; Kazakhstan Ambassador Erzhan Kazykhanov; Iceland Ambassador Geir Haarde;  Portugal Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital; Rwanda Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana; Turkmenistan Ambassador Meret Orzov; Azerbaijan Ambassador Elin Sueymanov;  Liechtenstein Ambassador Kurt Jaeger; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and his wife Jackie; Kay Kendall, chair of the DC Arts and Humanities Commission; architect Theo Adamstein; Sheila Way of Capital One and Jim Way, executive director of the American Astronautical Society; cultural icon Adrienne Arsht; J.B . Kelly, president of the Prrince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA and cousin of HSH Prince Albert; society photographer Tony Powell; California Congressman Ed and Marie Royce; Dr. Tina Alster; Anna Gawel, managing editor of The Washington Diplomat;  and Dr Stofan.