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NEWS: Monaco's Prince Rainier Dies at Age 81

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posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 02:19 AM
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Prince Ranier III of Monaco has died. His marriage to American actress Grace Kelly was the stuff of fairy tales and stirred the hearts of romantics around the world. Prince Ranier ascended to the throne in May of 1949. He was a member of longest reigning ruling families in Europe, the Grimaldis. He was 81. His son, Crown Prince Albert, for whom the laws of succession were changed, will assume the throne.
 



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Prince Rainier III, whose marriage to American film star Grace Kelly brought elegance and glamour to one of Europe's oldest dynasties, died Wednesday at the hospital treating him for heart, kidney and breathing problems. He was 81.

Rainier's royal palace announced his death nearly a full month after he was first admitted with a lung infection to a heart and chest clinic that overlooks Monaco's glittering, yacht-filled harbor.

He had been Europe's longest-reigning monarch.

Rainier, who assumed the throne on May 9, 1949, also endured the tragedy of his famous wife's death and relentless scandals — including international criticism of the principality's tax laws — that plagued the final two decades of his rule.




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Prince Ranier ruled Monaco longer than I have been on the planet. His marriage to Grace Kelly was a young girl's dream and his nation, a very small tourist resort for extremely wealthy jet-setters. If your like me, the Grand Prix of Monaco is about the only knowledge you have of Monaco. Certainly, we are witnessing the end of an era of stately monarchs who ruled with dignity and panache.


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posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 03:26 AM
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Lots of mourning in the world these days.
How is this going along with the prophecies? The Great Monarch, Eclipse, Pope, etc.



 
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