H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
His Serene Highness, Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre - Sovereign Prince of Monaco- Marquis of Baux, was born on the 14th March 1958.
His Highness is the son of Prince Rainier the III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand - and Princess Grace - the daughter of John B. Kelly, Sr., of Philadelphia.
When Prince Albert took over the reins of the Mediterranean principality of Monaco, upon the death of his father Prince Rainier, on April 6, 2005, he brought a wealth of training, dedication and long years of experience in international and governmental affairs to the role.
Albert first studied at Monaco’s Lycee Albert First, graduating with distinction in 1976. He went on to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he studied political science, economics, psychology, philosophy and English literature. He speaks four languages, is a licensed helicopter pilot and is a reserve Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.
While his accomplishments in the academic sphere are impressive, the Prince’s accomplishments and interest in the world of athletics are truly remarkable. He was the Lycee’s best middle-distance runner and a champion swimmer. At Amherst he trained in javelin, and also played on the Monaco soccer team for four years. A black-belt in judo, he has participated in five Olympic Games as a member of Monaco’s national bobsleigh team. A member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985, He is also President of both the Monegasque Olympic Committee and Monegasque Swimming Federation –sponsors of one of the world’s most famous swimming meets - held annually in Monte Carlo – the Mare Nostrum.
His interest in athletics, particularly swimming - and the legacy of his Kelly side of the family - is his connection to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
His maternal grandfather, John B. Kelly, Sr., was a legendary Olympic rowing champion, businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. His uncle, John B. Kelly, Jr. – Grace’s brother - followed in his father’s footsteps on all accounts. He won the legendary Diamond Sculls Rowing Regatta at Henley, the A.A.U.’s Sullivan Award as America’s best amateur athlete in 1947 and participated in four Olympic Games. It was “Kel’s” romance and marriage to Olympic swimmer, Mary Freeman, that led the Kelly family to become patrons of American swimming and the John B. Kelly Olympic Pool, in Philadelphia. Built in 1954, Kelly Pool hosted U.S. National Swimming and Diving Championships for over two decades and many were won by Vesper Boat Club Swimming Team –coached by Mary Freeman Kelly, the first American woman coach to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Before being elected President of the United States Olympic Committee in 1985, John B. Kelly, Jr. served as President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame from 1981 to 1984.
Since 1993, Prince Albert has led the Monegasque delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
He is Chairman of the Mediterranean Science Commission.
He has visited the North Pole by dog sled from the Russian base of Barneo, 120 kilometres away and in January of 2009, he undertook a three-week scientific journey in the Antarctic.
He has established the Prince Albert the second of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment.
He has made important contributions in the fields of Human rights, child protection laws, privacy rights, freedom of expression and gender equity and has proved to be particularly concerned with the Principality’s economic development in a spirit of ethics and transparency and is committed to a policy of developing facilities and conducting major public work projects.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert’s interests and life’s work span the broad spectrum of world affairs and he has received many international awards, including: The Teddy Roosevelt Medal awarded by the United States Congress / The Roger Revelle prize from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography / The Awards of Honorary Membership in Geographical Societies of Russia and Italy.
Recipients of the Gold Medallion Award.