Monique Ritz

Monique Ritz, born Ramseier, is the last representative of the Ritz dynasty. She was the wife of Charles Ritz, son of the world famous Caesar Ritz. Unfortunately she never got to know Caesar Ritz personally, as he died much too early in 1918. On the contrary she got to know his wife Marie-Louise Ritz very well as she too was a great manageress of luxury hotels. Monique Ritz knew the expression luxury hotel well from the «Place Vendôme». It was there that she met world famous people like Ernest Hemingway. Her mother-in-law Marie-Louise Ritz became a loyal friend to her. Monique Ritz remembers very well how Marie-Louise Ritz still took part in festivities at the «Ritz» until 3 am at the proud age of 90. One thing was always first priority: Caesar Ritz was always her great idol and a souvenir in her heart. It was Monique Ritz and her husband Charles Ritz, who continued the «Caesar Ritz Foundation Niederwald», which had been founded due to Caesar Ritz's wish, after the death of Marie-Louise Ritz. Together with Charles Ritz she managed many difficult tasks which were transferred to them through heritage.
After the death of her husband Charles Ritz, who died in 1976 at the age of 85, she took over the management of the hotel «Ritz» in Paris. This was a big task for Monique Ritz. But as there were no descendants and the future of the Ritz had to be maintained, Monique Ritz sold the «Ritz» in Paris to the family Al Fayed in 1979. The decisive factor was that the Al Fayeds agreed to keep the name «Ritz» and to only renovate the interior of the hotel. But the adepts weren't impressed with the renewals when the «Ritz» was reopened after three years of renovation. After selling the hotel Monique Ritz she moved from Paris, where she had lived for 35 years, to Geneva where she had grown up.
Monique Ritz was president of the «Caesar Ritz Foundation Niederwald» for many years. She too is still closely bonded to the village Niederwald. She presented the people of Niederwald with a new village well with a bronze statue, which shows Caesar Ritz as a goatherd. This monument with the inscription «Schritte in die Welt hinaus, mit Flügeln im Geist und brennender Sehnsucht in Herzen» should symbolize, how people used to have to emigrate to find work and money. Caesar Ritz was one of them and became one of the most famous people of our time. The last visit of the family Ritz, by Monique Ritz, in Niederwald was on the 23rd February 2000 for the 150 year celebration in memory of Caesar Ritz.

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