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His Serene Highness is the son of Prince Rainier III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand (31st May 1923 – 6th April 2005) and Princess Grace Kelly (Philadelphia, United States, 12th November 1929 – Monaco, 14th September 1982).

H.S.H. Prince Albert II succeeded his father, Prince Rainier III who died on 6th April 2005. On 12th July 2005, at the end of the period of official mourning, the Prince’s accession to the throne was celebrated.

Since 1984, H.S.H. Prince Albert had assisted his father in conducting the affairs of State.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II obtained his baccalaurĂ©at “with distinction” at the end of his secondary school studies at LycĂ©e Albert 1st in Monaco. H.S.H. Prince Albert II further studied at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in the United States, and graduated in political science. His degree was awarded to him in the presence of his parents, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, and his sister, Princess Caroline.

H.S.H. Prince Albert is committed to carrying out an exemplary policy in his country in terms of the environment, by favoring the development of public transport, ecological vehicles, renewable energies and high environmental quality buildings.

In June 2006, H.S.H. the Prince set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment. It encourages sustainable and fair management of natural resources and places man at the centre of its projects. It supports the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three broad areas: climate change, water and biodiversity.

Awards include The Teddy Roosevelt Medal of the United States Congress and the Roger Revelle prize of the University of California, San Diego. H.S.H. was given the rank of Grand Cross of the National Order of the Lion by the President of the Replublic of Senegal.