Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Albert II
Prince Albert II 2016.jpg
Prince of Monaco
Reign6 April 2005 – present
PredecessorRainier III
Heir apparentJacques
Ministers of StatePatrick Leclercq
Jean-Paul Proust
Michel Roger
Gilles Tonelli
Serge Telle
Born (1958-03-14) 14 March 1958 (age 61)
Prince's Palace of Monaco
IssuePrincess Gabriella
Hereditary Prince Jacques
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste
Full name
Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi
FatherRainier III, Prince of Monaco
MotherGrace Kelly
SignatureAlbert II's signature

Albert II[1][2] (Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi; born 14 March 1958) is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi. He is the son of Prince Rainier III and the American actress Grace Kelly. Prince Albert's sisters are Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and Princess Stéphanie. In July 2011, Prince Albert married Charlene Wittstock.[3]

Prince Albert II is one of the wealthiest royals in the world, with assets valued at more than $1 billion,[4] which include land in Monaco and France. Although Prince Albert does not own the Prince's Palace of Monaco, he does own shares in the Société des bains de mer de Monaco, which operates Monaco's casino and other entertainment properties in the principality.[5][6]

Early life

Prince Albert with his mother in 1972

Albert was born in the Prince's Palace of Monaco. He has ancestry from Italy, Ireland, Britain, the United States, Germany, France, Mexico, Belgium, and Monaco and is American[7]-Monegasque by birth; he renounced American citizenship in his early adulthood. He was baptized on 20 April 1958, by Monsignor Jean Delay, archbishop of Marseille, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Monaco, before being presented at the balcony of the Palace to the people of Monaco.[8] His godmother was the Spanish queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, and his godfather was Prince Louis de Polignac (1909–1996).[9] 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,[9] on Lake Winnipesaukee, Moultonborough, 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.[9] He speaks French, English, German, and Italian.[9]

He spent mid-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.[10]

Prince Albert's mother was killed in a car accident in 1982 at age 52.[11] In 2017, in In Depth interview with Graham Bensinger, the Prince stated that his mother's death was a 'traumatic' event for him and the family. He also revealed that his father was never the 'same man' after the loss.[12]

Other Languages
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Альбэр II (князь Манака)
Bikol Central: Prinsipe Alberto II
български: Албер II (Монако)
հայերեն: Ալբեր II
Bahasa Indonesia: Albert II dari Monako
latviešu: Albērs II
norsk nynorsk: Albert II av Monaco
slovenčina: Albert II. (Monako)
slovenščina: Albert II. Grimaldi
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Albert II, knez od Monaka