Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Prince Albert II of Monaco Engaged

Monaco's sovereign, Prince Albert II, has finally become engaged. The 52-year-old prince will marry South African Olympian swimmer Charlene Wittstock, ending decades of speculation over the prince's seemingly endless bachelorhood.

This comes as a sigh of relief to the 700-year-old Grimaldi dynasty. Albert has acknowledged in 2005 and 2006 that he is the father of two children both born out of wedlock to different mothers, though neither of them are eligible to inherit the throne. Presently, Albert's elder sister Caroline, Princess of Hanover, is the heiress to the throne, followed by her children Andrea and Charlotte Cashiragi.

Albert II is the only son of Prince Rainier III and American film actress Grace Kelly. Princess Grace died following a car accident in 1982, and Rainier III passed away in 2005.

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