Rainier III, Prince of Monaco

Rainier III, Prince of Monaco

Prince of Monaco
Born May 31, 1923

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.


1923 Birth Born on May 31, 1923.


1939 16 Years Old Rainier's early education was conducted in England, at the prestigious public schools of Summerfields in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, and later at Stowe, in Buckinghamshire. After England, Rainier attended the Institut Le Rosey in Rolle and Gstaad, Switzerland from 1939, before continuing to the University of Montpellier in France, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943, and finally to the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in Paris.


1944 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1944, upon his 21st birthday, Rainier's mother renounced her right to the Monegasque throne and Rainier became Prince Louis's direct heir.
1947 24 Years Old He received the French Croix de Guerre with bronze star (representing a brigade level citation) and was given the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor in 1947.
1949 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his decommission from the French Army, he was promoted by the French government as a captain in April 1949 and a colonel in December 1954. … Read More


1962 39 Years Old As Prince of Monaco, Rainier was also responsible for the principality's new constitution in 1962 which significantly reduced the power of the sovereign. (He suspended the previous Constitution in 1959, saying that it "has hindered the administrative and political life of the country.") The changes ended autocratic rule, placing power with the prince and a National Council of eighteen elected members. At the time of his death, he was the world's second longest-serving living head of state, ranking just below the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. After a year-long courtship described as containing "a good deal of rational appraisal on both sides" (The Times, 7 April 2005, page 59), Prince Rainier married Oscar-winning American actress Grace Kelly (1929–1982) in 1956. … Read More


1979 56 Years Old In 1979, Prince Rainier made his acting debut alongside his wife Grace in a 33-minute independent film called Rearranged, produced in Monaco. … Read More


1999 76 Years Old 1 More Event
The prestigious philatelic collectors club Club de Monte-Carlo de l'Élite de la Philatélie was established under his patronage in 1999; the club has its headquarters at the museum, with its membership restricted to institutions and one hundred prestigious collectors. … Read More
2004 81 Years Old 1 More Event
He spent three weeks in hospital in January 2004 for what was described as general fatigue.
On 7 March 2005, he was again hospitalized with a lung infection. … Read More
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