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Old 07-07-2005, 03:31 PM
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Please keep this conversation civil and on track. As I have stated before, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Others can disagree with that opinion, as long as it is done with respect. There really is no reason to argue with each other.

Also, if you wish to discuss Albert's announcement that he is the father of Alexandre, please do so in this thread: Prince Albert Is the Father of Alexandre

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Old 07-07-2005, 04:17 PM
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Maybe this is another big reason why she came forward -- a speculation that he will marry and mad that it probably won't be her...

I wonder who the mystery woman could be? :p

Mystery woman?!?! Did I miss something along the way??
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:28 PM
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Mystery woman?!?! Did I miss something along the way??
Sorry, I was just speculating -- I did not mean to start something unfounded.:o

I was referring to story in the link -- maybe there is no mystery woman at this time (I could understand that with all of the many other things going on about his life at the moment, how would he manage the time for that too):p
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:59 PM
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Anyway, Albert will soon be enthroned and i cant wait to see the pics, it will be a good day in Monaco on that day :)
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Old 07-10-2005, 02:25 AM
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Anyone to know palais website show ceremony a la Rainier's funeral?
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Old 07-10-2005, 10:35 AM
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I found this article about what some Monagasques views are concerning the revelation on the whole Prince Albert and Nicole Coste affair:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/inter...525233,00.html


And this article talks about what Prince Albert's plans are for leading Monaco and how they differ from his father, Prince Rainier:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...687789,00.html
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Old 07-10-2005, 11:08 AM
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I think it's great that Albert is a humanitarian and an environmentalist. Not that there's been anything wrong with Monaco under Rainier's reign, but it sounds like Albert is more about helping the underprivaledged and using his power and wealth for world improvement.
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Old 07-10-2005, 10:42 PM
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I found this article about what some Monagasques views are concerning the revelation on the whole Prince Albert and Nicole Coste affair:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/inter...525233,00.html


And this article talks about what Prince Albert's plans are for leading Monaco and how they differ from his father, Prince Rainier:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...687789,00.html
Thanks a lot, mw7060a! I'm sure PA II's reign will be different from his father's, but no less significant. Prince Rainier strengthened Monaco's economy, PA II will no doubt benefit from it and can concentrate on environmental and humanitarian concerns......

I wonder if they need a development worker? Hahaha - if they do, I'm more than interested to apply! I do both environmental and humanitarian work.
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:12 AM
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Can anyone tell me something about Albert's advent cerimony's broadcastiong (on tv or on the net?)
I haven't heard anything sure...
Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-11-2005, 09:33 AM
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There is article palais website to simulcast the ceremony.

Merci to Lady McAlpine for link.
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Old 07-11-2005, 11:37 AM
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Lightbulb Cornation Schedule Of Events

http://www.monaco-consulate.com/news_062105.htm
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:14 PM
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Day before Prince Albert will be enthroned

LOCATION: Monaco, -, MONACODOC DATE: Jul/11/2005

CAPTION: Tourists wait for the changing of the guard in front of the Prince Palace the day before Prince Albert II is enthroned as ruler of the tiny principality of Monaco at the end of a three-month mourning period for his father Prince Rainier III, 11 July 2005. AFP PHOTO PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Interview of Prince Albert II

Today's interview from TF1:
http://videos.tf1.fr/video/
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:40 PM
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Thanx Juliette for video link! :) Anyone who can translate what Prince Albert said? os somebody watched the inteview?

I was just about to post photos of that event.

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Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE: Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) speaks with journalist Patrick Poivre d'Arvor before a live broadcast by the French TF1 TV channel, 11 July 2005 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Albert II of Monaco was due to be enthroned Tuesday as ruler of the Mediterranean statelet in a ceremony that caps a turbulent period for the 700-year-old Grimaldi dynasty. AFP PHOTO STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Monaco's Prince Albert, after admitting love child, to take the throne

MONACO (AFP) - Prince Albert II of Monaco is due to be enthroned Tuesday as ruler of the Mediterranean statelet in a ceremony that caps a turbulent period for the 700-year-old Grimaldi dynasty.

Albert's father, the veteran prince Rainier who was best known to the world for his marriage to the American film star Grace Kelly, died in April.

The official mourning period was not yet over before Monaco was back at the centre of media attention when a French-Togolese former air hostess claimed that Albert had fathered her now 22-month-old son.

Illegitimate offspring are nothing new in the Grimaldi clan, with Albert's younger sister Stephanie having three children out of wedlock.

But Albert, a 47-year-old confirmed bachelor, has rarely spoken publicly of his love life despite alleged alliances with a string of famous models and actresses.

The shock was thus all the greater last Wednesday, the last day of official mourning for Rainier, when Albert, who is estimated to have a fortune worth some two billion euros, confirmed that he was indeed a father.

His son, Alexandre Coste, cannot become ruler of the principality under current succession laws that exclude illegitimate children but will "want for nothing" in his life, the prince told French television late Monday.

Albert also told TF1 channel that there were other women "who present more or less the same case" as the boy's mother. But when asked if such paternity claims were false, he neither denied nor confirmed.

"We will answer that when the time comes," he said.

An Englishwoman living in California has told British newspapers that Albert is the father of a daughter she had in 1992. Tamara Rotolo said she met the prince and conceived the child during a holiday in Monaco the previous year.

Nicole Coste, who has two children from a former marriage, said she began a five-year relationship with Albert after meeting him on an Air France flight in 1997. The 33-year-old became pregnant with Alexandre in December 2002.

The affair marked another remarkable chapter in the history of Monaco, a statelet no bigger than New York's Central Park which has become indelibly linked with Hollywood glamour and jet-set wealth.

The principality was busy Monday preparing for Albert's investiture ceremonies.

The red and white Monegasque flag flew from many buildings and lampposts, while workers put the finishing touches to a waterfront stage and prepared the square in front of the prince's hill-top palace for a buffet reception.

"It's awesome, just like in a fairy tale," said Mary Frost, an American tourist who had been unaware before arriving in Monaco that a prince was about to be enthroned here.

Tuesday's events were due to begin with a Catholic mass in the cathedral. In the evening, the mayor of Monaco will symbolically hand over the keys of the town to Albert, following which the prince will make a speech.

A concert of the Monte Carlo philharmonic orchestra, an open-air ball in the port, and a fireworks display were also planned.



Another investiture ceremony for Albert is set for November 19 to which foreign heads of states will be invited.

After Tuesday's festivities, Albert will doubtless be hoping to move away from the media glare and get down to the business of governing his principality of 32,000 residents, of which just 6,000 are Monegasque citizens.

At nearly 50, the tall and balding figure is still largely untried in the ways of government.

During his 55 years in power Rainier was credited with turning the rocky statelet from a Riviera backwater into a thriving banking and business centre, noted for its fabled casino and its Monte Carlo car rally.

Rainier's marriage to Kelly in 1956 added to the air of jet-set romance. Albert, who is passionate about the environment and about fighting poverty in the world, will be closely watched to see if he can live up to his late father's combination of charisma and entrepreneurial genius.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...e_050711203400
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Old 07-11-2005, 06:50 PM
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I must admit that I was appalled to read this :

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Albert also told TF1 channel that there were other women "who present more or less the same case" as the boy's mother. But when asked if such paternity claims were false, he neither denied nor confirmed.

"We will answer that when the time comes," he said.
It makes me wonder how many illegitimate children are there? It is pertinent that Albert change his ways. He will either squander his immense fortune on illegitimate children or end up disease-ridden.
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:11 PM
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I must admit that I was appalled to read this :



It makes me wonder how many illegitimate children are there? It is pertinent that Albert change his ways. He will either squander his immense fortune on illegitimate children or end up disease-ridden.
OMG!!

Well, my friend put this to me in an interesting way, something I would not have thought of, but interesting I think still. She said that if a man would be 'man enough' to ask a woman to be intimate with him, he should never ever have any problem providing for her and paying all of her bills.

I did not think of it that way, but I think it's an interesting point...
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Old 07-11-2005, 09:13 PM
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I just would think that someone in his position would be/have been more careful about this sort of thing. It's like he has been a sitting duck and it's all due to his own choices. If he is that trusting he "ain't too bright". Nice guy according to most people who know him, but maybe not too bright.
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Albert also told TF1 channel that there were other women "who present more or less the same case" as the boy's mother. But when asked if such paternity claims were false, he neither denied nor confirmed.

"We will answer that when the time comes," he said.

An Englishwoman living in California has told British newspapers that Albert is the father of a daughter she had in 1992. Tamara Rotolo said she met the prince and conceived the child during a holiday in Monaco the previous year.
so he admit that he has more than 1 (Alexandre) illegitamate children? i wonder if some other women is going to come and stand in public and claim her child's father is Prince Albert?!
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Ok, so what time does the internet showcase of the coronation start?
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