Family background and distinctions

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Official photo of the birth of
H.S.H. Prince Albert IInd


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National day
november 19th, 2005

His Serene Highness Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre, Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux, was born on March 14th, 1958.

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

His Godfather was the late Prince Louis de Polignac, and his Godmother was the late Queen Victoria-Eugenia of Spain.

H.S.H. Prince Albert is :

- Grand Cross of the Order of the Grimaldis, April 18th , 1958 ;

- Grand Cross of the Order of Saint-Charles, March 13th, 1979 ;

- Colonel of the Carabineers, November 11th, 1986.

H.S.H. Prince Albert has also been bestowed the following foreign distinctions :

- Grand Officer of the National Order of the Lion of Senegal, awarded in May 1977 by H.E. Mr. Léopold Sedar Senghor, President of the Republic of Senegal, during his official visit to that country ;

- Knight Grand Cross of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, January 27th, 1983 ;

- Grand Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour, conferred January 19th, 1984 by Mr. François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic, during an official visit to Monaco ; 1958.

- Reserve Captain in the Naval Officers' Corps, August 18th, 1988 ;

- Chevalier of the Order of Malta, June 1989 ;

- Grand Officer of the "Merite International du Sang", March 12th, 1994 ;

- Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit, awarded July 25th, 1997 by President Jacques Chirac during an official visit to Monaco ;

- Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta, October 15th, 1997 ;

- Elevation in the Order of "Darjah Kerabat Diraja Pahang", November 7th, 1997 in the Sultanate of Pahang ;

- Grand Cross of the National Order of Niger, presented by President Ibrahim Baré in March 1998.

- Grand Cross of the Jordanian Renaissance (Nahdah medal), presented by His Majesty King Abdullah, November 8th, 2000 in Amman.

- H.S.H. has been presented Honorary Fort Worth Citizenship by Mr. Kenneth Barr, Mayor of Fort Worth on October 26th, 2000.

- Honorary Member of the Saint Petersburg Naval Assembly. This distinction was conferred by its president, Count Nicolay Orlov, on July 9th, 2001 at the Summer Palace of the tsars of Tsarkoie-Selo.

- Grand Collier in the Order of Jose Simeon Canias, presented by Mr. Francisco Flores, President of the Republic of El Salvador, November 22nd, 2002 during His official trip in this country in November 2002.

- Grand Cross in the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, presented by Mrs. Mireya Moscoso, President of the Republic of Panama, on November 26th, 2002.

- Prince Albert was honored « visitante illustre » of Santiago of Chili and received the keys of the city by the mayor, Mr. Joaquin Lavin on 30th, November 2003 during His official visit in this country.

- Grand Cross in the Order of the Sun of Peru presented by H.E. Mr. Alejandro Toledo Manrique, President of the Republic of Peru on December 1st, 2003, during His official visit in this country. Prince Albert received the keys of the city of Lima on the same day.

- Prince Albert received on December 2nd, 2003 the keys of San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, during His official visit in this country.

- Grand Cross in the Order Juan Mora Fernandez received by par H.E. the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mr. Abel Pacheco de la Espriella on December 2nd, 2003 during His official visit in this country.

- Insignia in the Order of Stara Planina with ribbon received from H.E. Mr. Gueorgui Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria on November 26th, 2004, during His official visit in Sofia.

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