Prince Albert took over as head of state of Monaco in 2005 following the death of his father, Prince Rainier III. He had always been destined to take the role being the only son of Rainier and Hollywood actress, Grace Kelly.
His life has been nothing short of tumultuous with the sudden and unexpected death of his mother.
On September 14, 1982, Princess Grace was driving back to Monaco with her daughter, Stéphanie, from their country home in the mountainous Roc Agel.
The scenery would have been picturesque, yet disaster soon struck.
Grace had a stroke behind the wheel and lost control of the car.
Stéphanie’s attempts at regaining control of the Rover failed.
The car tumbled 100ft down a ravine, turning over several times before halting in a garden.
It was initially reported that, despite broken ribs, a leg, and collarbone, Grace was in a stable condition.
Her condition was worse than first considered, however, and the next day Grace sadly passed away at the age of 52.
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“We call him ‘le patron’ – the boss.
“It’s very respectful.
“In our mind, he is the boss.
“He’s running the country.”
Earlier this year, Mr Saussier’s press team rushed to publish a statement explaining that the prince had contracted coronavirus.
The statement read: “Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was tested earlier this week, has been positive for COVID-19.
“His health condition is not worrying. He is taken care of by his doctor and the specialists of the Princess Grace Hospital Centre.
“Prince Albert continues to work in his private residence. He is in constant communication with the members of his cabinet, of his government and his closest collaborators.
“Prince Albert asks the population of Monaco to respect the measures of confinement and to limit contact with others.
“Following these rules will stop the propagation of the coronavirus.
“The Palace will continue to give information on the health state of Prince Albert II.”
It came just days after the prince had declared a total nationwide lockdown.
Monaco has since begun to lift its lockdown.