« I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Serene Highness, Prince Rainier III, after a long and courageous struggle with ill health.
I have many fond memories of meeting with him during the course of my visit to the Principality five years ago – a visit which, I hope, served to reinforce the strong ties that have long existed between Monaco and Ireland.
For many years the Irish people have felt a special affinity to the Principality through your late mother, Princess Grace, who was a great and much loved friend to our country.
On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my heartfelt condolences to you, to your family and to the people of Monaco at this most sad time.
Yours sincerely, »