Prince of Monaco to visit PH

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Prince Albert II of Monaco is set to visit the Philippines on April 6 to 7.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippines will welcome Prince Albert II of Monaco this April.

His official visit is scheduled on April 6 to 7 upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.

The two leaders are expected to hold bilateral talks on economic cooperation and environmental protection on April 7 after the prince participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Park in Manila.

Aquino will also host a luncheon to honor the monarch.

A known environment advocate, the prince is also set to visit Palawan and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park, a World Heritage Site as declared by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The Sovereign Prince of Monaco has visited several other countries in the past including France, Italy, the United States, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and China.

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, next to the Vatican.

Who is Prince Albert II?

Prince Albert is the son of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, who was formerly an American actress named Grace Kelly.

He was born on March 14, 1958 and has been assisting his father in conducting the affairs of the State since 1984. 

When Prince Rainier died of lung, heart and kidney disorders on April 6, 2005, Prince Albert acceded to the throne after a period of official mourning.

Prince Albert is married to Princess Charlene who gave birth to Monaco’s royal twins – Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier and Princess Gabriella Thérèse Mari – on December 10, 2014.

The prince’s advocacy centers on environmental issues. In June 2006, he set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.

In December 2015, he received the UN Global Advocate Ward for his work on climate change research and crusade for environmental conservation. 

The prince is also committed to sports. He has participated in five Olympic Games and has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985.