||When his father passed away on April 6, 2005, Prince Albert stepped into a role he has been preparing for his entire life. As the principality's new leader, it falls to him to continue the work Rainier carried out with such vision and dedication during his 55-year tenure.
It is an enormous responsibility, but Albert has spent many years readying himself for this moment. "I have never doubted my future as a Sovereign Prince," he once said in an interview with HELLO! magazine. "Before any other consideration I possess a sense of duty, of the need to assume the responsibilities I'll be confronted with when the time comes. And I am ready."
With his father's health failing the 47-year-old took over the regency of Monaco on March 31. And, having once described his relationship with the principality's patriarch as being marked by "understanding – total understanding", he is expected to follow seamlessly in Rainier's footsteps.
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