INTRO
BORN LEADER
SMOOTH TRANSITION
ROMANCING THE THRONE
HEADLINE MAKER
LABOUR OF LOVE
RAINIER'S LEGACY
ACTION MAN
CALL OF DESTINY
YOUNG PRETENDERS
PHOTO GALLERY
SMOOTH TRANSITION
While the formal coronation ceremony in November sees Albert playing host to political leaders from all over the world, his subjects welcomed him as their new monarch some months ago. Spectacular celebrations were staged in Monaco on July 12 when the prince was formally invested as the new sovereign of his tiny homeland. After a religious service attended by VIPs and the rest of the Grimaldi family, he hosted a reception at the royal palace for 7,000 Monegasques born in the principality. And in keeping with the party-loving character the Riviera destination is so well-known for, the festivities continued well into the early hours of the morning.

Since then Albert has managed to effect a seamless transition, confidently representing his people at both local and international functions. The prince's new role has meant long hours overseeing plans to ensure his homeland's continued economic success, but there have also been more entertaining duties, such as the recent Red Cross Ball when he welcomed US singer Anastacia to Monte Carlo.

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