Prince Albert with his mother in 1972
Albert was born in the
Prince's Palace of Monaco. He has ancestry from Ireland,
Britain, the United States, Germany, France, Mexico, Belgium, and
Monaco. His godmother was the Spanish queen
Victoria Eugenia of Spain, and his godfather was Prince Louis of Polignac.
 Albert graduated with distinction from the
Lycée Albert Premier, in 1976.
He was a camper and later a counselor for six summers at Camp Tecumseh
New Hampshire, in the 1970s. He spent a year training in various princely duties and enrolled at
Amherst College, in western
Massachusetts, in 1977 as Albert Grimaldi, studying
political science, economics, music, and
English literature; he also joined
Chi Psi fraternity.
 He speaks French, English, German, and Italian.
He spent the summer of 1979 touring Europe and the Middle East with the Amherst
Glee Club, and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
political science. Albert also undertook an exchange program with the
University of Bristol, at the Alfred Marshall School of Economics and Management in 1979.