In His speech, the Prince expressed His feelings of "pride and honour" at being elected a Fellow "as was My great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, in his day."
Prince Albert I was welcomed into the Marine Academy as its fist Fellow in 1922, in recognition of his discoveries in the field of oceanography.
Prince Albert reiterated His commitment to protecting the planet, defending the marine environment and preserving the Mediterranean Sea.
On this subject, he saluted "with hope and enthusiasm, the wish expressed by the President of France to rekindle the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue."
Christian Estrosi, Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Interior, Overseas Territories and Territorial Collectivities, who is responsible for overseas territories, offered Prince Albert II his warmest congratulations and accompanied Him to a conference on climate change.