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Prince Rainier III of Monaco

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Prince Rainier III of Monaco

Posted: 6 Aug 2002 3:10PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 28 May 2006 1:05PM GMT
Surnames: Rainier, De Grimaldi, Kelly
Subject: Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand De Grimaldi
Title: Prince Rainier III of Monaco
Born May 31, 1923 Monaco
Died
Spouse Grace Patricia Kelly
Parents Pierre de Polignac, Princess Charlotte of Monaco
Parents Full Titles
Father—Pierre, Count de Polignac, cr Duc de Valentinois, cr Prince of Monaco
Mother--Charlotte Louise Juliette, Duchess de Valentinois
Occupation—Ruler of Monaco Prince Rainier III May 9, (1949). He succeeded
his Grandfather Louis II.

Biography of Prince Rainer III--Prince of Monaco; born in Monaco on May 31, 1923, as Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand de Grimaldi, the only son of Pierre de Polignac and Princess Charlotte of Monaco. His twenty-four legal titles included the Duc de Valentinios, Marquis des Baux, Baron de Saint Lo, and the Compte de Carlades. He was educated in England, Switzerland, and France before enlisting in the French army in World War II, where he was cited for bravery and offered a colonelship. After the war, he attended university in Paris, then ascended to the throne on May 5, 1949, after Prince Louis II relinquished his rule due to poor health and Princess Charlotte renounced her rights to succession. Prince Rainier III then took control of the tiny principality, known as a tax haven for European royalty with ninety percent of its income derived from its myriad casinos.

Married April 18, 1956
Place Cathedral of Saint Nicholas Monaco


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