An Imperial Jubilee this September 2017 in Rueil-Malmaison

History lovers, do not miss the Imperial Jubilee planned in Rueil-Malmaison on September 23 and 24, 2017: over 600 soldiers and 600 musicians will take you two hundred years back thanks to a historical reenactment featuring 150 animations throughout the city!

On September 23 and 24, the Imperial Jubilee in Rueil-Malmaison brings Napoleon and Joséphine back to life. In three areas of the Napoleonic city – the Château de Malmaison, Bois-Préau and the city center – history enthusiasts offer us a travel through the 19th century thanks to 150 animations open to all.

Rueil-Malmaison benefits from the “Ville Impériale” (Imperial City) status along with Compiègne, Fontainebleau and Saint-Cloud as well as 15 other cities which history has been affected by the First and Second French Empire. In Rueil-Malmaison, Napoleon and Joséphine lived at the Château de Malmaison, after they split up, the Empress and her daughter Hortense settled at the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Church.

Un Jubilé Impérial à Rueil-Malmaison : 600 soldats amateurs pour la reconstitution historique !

This year, a great firework display, a reenactment of the Treaties of Tilsit agreement at the Saint Cucufa pond, an Empire ball, a concert of the Empire’s fanfares and a great Imperial parade will excite the 100,000 expected visitors. To bring this incredible event to life, over 600 soldiers, 100 riders and 600 passionate musicians will gather to provide you with a show of extraordinary dimensions!

Saturday September 23, 2017:

  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: culinary animations provided by merchants of the Reuil-Malmaison markets

  • 11:30 a.m.: opening speech by Patrick OLLIER at the Mayor House

  • 12 p.m.: mini parade of the Place du 11 novembre toward the Bois Préau

  • 12:30 p.m.: arrival of the Villigen brass band, the French Imperial Guard, the Russian Imperial Guard, the Tsar, the King of Prussia, the King of Saxony, the Officers and Napoleon at the Bois Préau

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: visit of the Château de Malmaison with Napoleon, Josephine and the Imperial courts escorted by the Altkirch brass band and 30 Imperial Guard Troopers

  • 3 p.m.: cavalry demonstration with vaulting and dressage at the Parc de Bois Préau

  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: comedy playlets of the Maison Civile with costumes at the Château de Vert-Mont

  • 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Napoleon reviewing the troops at the Parc de Bois Préau

  • 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: mini concert by the Pipes brass band

  • 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.: Zappfenstreich of the Villingen brass band at the Mayor House

  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: show “Traité de Tilsit” (Treaties of Tilsit) at the Saint Cucufa pond

  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.: cutting of the piece of beef and distribution to the public at the Parc de Bois Préau

  • 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: “Rock’Empire” ball, Place Jean Jaurès

  • 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.: concert of the 6 imperial brass bands (500 musicians) at the Parc de Bois Préau

  • 10 p.m.: fireworks at the Parc de Bois Préau

Sunday September 24, 2017:

  • 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Fribourg mass, Place du 11 novembre

  • 11 a.m.: inauguration of the botanic garden with Joséphine and her court at the Parc de l’Amitié

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Great Imperial Parade on the road RD913

  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: reenactment of the Treaties of Tilsit at the Saint Cucufa pond

  • 3 p.m.: cavalry demonstration with vaulting and dressage at the Parc de Bois Préau

  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: reading of Joséphine’s letters at the Château de Vert-Mont

  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.:  concert of the Republican Guard at the Parc de Bois Préau

  • 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: christening of the Hortensia and concert of the flautist of the conservatory

Created and thought up by the Mayor office of Rueil-Malmaison, this event is open to all of you and the Imperial Jubilee has also been carried out by a demanding intellectual rigor. Each and every event and document has been created in collaboration with a science committee of historians and specialists of this era.

Practical information:
Official website (in French): Imperial Jubilee in Rueil-Malmaison
September 23-24, 2017 throughout the whole city.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 31 August 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 23 September 2017 to 24 September 2017


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