Prince Albert of Monaco surprises experts with an unexpected announcement
Prince Albert of Monaco has announced that he and his wife Charlene will attend the coronation of British King Charles III.
The announcement surprised some.
Marlene Koenig, an expert on European royalties, said it was “a little strange that Prince Albert of Monaco said he and Charlene are going to the coronation”.
She said: “Sovereign heads of state do not attend a British coronation. In 1953 Prince Pierre represented Monaco.”
She said Caroline, Albert’s sister, was due to attend the coronation of King Charles which is due to take place in May.
Marlene said: “Tradition is that someone represents a sovereign – other sovereigns have seniority over Charles – that’s his event.”
On March 31, 2005, after consultation with the Crown Council of Monaco, the Prince’s Palace announced that Albert would take over his father’s duties as regent since Rainier was no longer able to exercise his princely duties. On April 6, 2005, Rainier died and Albert succeeded him under the name of Albert II.