Methinks Prince Rainier would be very much happier if they had the same mechanism in Monaco as they do in The Netherlands and Luxembourg .... abdication.
Just think of the advantages to all, we don't see Prince Rainier visibly shrinking in front of us, and on the other hand Prince Rainier could save himself a big effort in not having to look presentable to press and media every day of these - what are supposed to his golden years. :(
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Something tells me Rainier would fear giving up everything to Albert at this stage. If he were to abd. now, I think he'd probably be forced to give Caroline the throne. Now, I understand this will likely never happen (he'll skirt Albert for Caroline), but, at this point, with Albert's massive immaturity and tendency toward partying and womanizing, a Monaco ruled by Caroline would provide him the best dreams at night.
Now, there's nothing I'd like more (except a great guy, money, timeles beauty, celebrity, peace of mind, attainment of nirvana, a chateau in the south of france, and 50 million other selfish things) than to see Rainier on a beach in Britanny spending his remaining days in a serene chateau strolling his gardens and driving his antique cars, but, to be real, Rainier will live and die monarch.
The English take the breeding of their horses and dogs more seriously than they do their children-HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Grecka, I agree that Rainier will live and die a monarch. Isn't he the longest-reigning monarch? That's one for the history books.
I don't think that Albert's personal life has anything to do with his ability to rule Monaco. However, it also wouldn't do Albert and Monaco any good if he's out there still partying and womanizing.
Lastly, I think that the constitutional change in 2002 (allowing Caroline, Stephanie, and their children to succeed should Albert die without an heir) is sort of an insurance on that possibility. Albert has always said that he is aware of the responsibilities ahead and prepared for it; I'm sure he knows that, however great the pressure, producing an heir or heirs is part of the call of duty. Time will only tell.
Polfoto 09-12-2004 In this photo relased by the Monaco Palace Thursday Dec. 9, 2004, Prince Rainier of Monaco, right, after being presented with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Gold Medal, during a ceremony at the Monaco Palace Wednesday Dec. 8, 2004, with Prince Albert of Monaco at left.
DISASTER IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA:
MESSAGES FROM H.S.H. PRINCE RAINIER OF MONACO
TO HEADS OF STATES IN COUNTRIES HIT BY TSUNAMI
December 30, 2004 – H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince has addressed the following message to the Heads of States of countries hit by the unprecedented tsunami of December 26:
« I learned with great sadness of the dramatic tsunami waves triggered by the massive earthquake which cause the loss of so many lives among the population of your country.
I wish to express my most heartfelt and sincere condolences, personally and in the name of my country, and assure you of my deep sympathy and prayers in this tragedy that puts into mourning an entire nation.
Rainier, Prince of Monaco »
This message was sent to: H.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, King of Malaysia ; Mr. Iajuddin Ahmed, President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh ; H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand; Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, President of India; Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Maldives Islands ; Mr. Shandrika B. Kumaratunga, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka ; Mr. Susilo Banbamg Yudhoyono, President of the republic of Indonesia ; General Than Shwe, President of Myanmar.
In French :
« J’ai appris avec une grande tristesse les conséquences dramatiques des tsunamis provoqués par le terrible tremblement de terre qui a causé la perte de tant de vies parmi la population de votre pays.
Je tiens à vous exprimer mes plus profondes et sincères condoléances, à titre personnel et au nom de mon Pays et vous assure de ma profonde sympathie et de nos prières dans la tragédie qui endeuille votre nation toute entière.
Rainier was overcome with emotion as the crowd gave him a huge standing ovation. My understanding was that they began applauding as he came in and it just went on and on and on. People were then standing and cheering and shouting his name. He was clearly overcome with emotion, and his subject were clearly thrilled to see him. Very touching.
What a sweet thing to do. I find the picture of him crying to be very endearing. It obviously means alot to him that the people of Monaco love him and are interested in his well being. It makes me like him even more.
The article at hello also mentions that he was advised against attending by his doctors and attendants. He issued a statement saying so and that if he was a reasonable person he'd stay home. It's obvious how much the annual circus means to him and I think the standing ovation makes it all the more special and sweet.
Interestingly enough, there is a poll going on over at hellomagazine.com about his public display of emotion. The two poll options are endearing and heartwarming or embarrassing in public. As I said before, I find it to be sweet and endearing.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~ Les Brown
I find it hard to think anyone would think of it otherwise. He is someone who sadly probably won't be with us much longer...and obviously his subjects know that. It was increadibly touching to see them so affected by seeing him, and vice versa. It is hard to think of this happening anywhere else...the Grimaldi's are so close to their subjects.
Anyway - it really seemed like Albert and (especially) Stephanie seemed touched by the whole thing as well.