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Prince Albert II of Monaco is the son of Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace, he was raised as the heir to the throne. As such, Prince Albert followed a very traditional path for his education but that didn’t prevent him from doing many different things before becoming Prince Sovereign in 2005 after the death of his father.

He followed the regular French/Monegasque school system and graduated from Lycée Albert Premier in 1976. After a short internship at the Paribas Bank in Monaco, Prince Albert enrolled at Amherst College near Boston in 1977. He studied political science, economics and English literature. In 1979, he took part in an exchange program with the University of Bristol and toured Europe and the Middle East with Amherst College Glee Club. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor Degree in political science.

After his graduation, Prince Albert followed a military education. From September 1981 to April 1982, Prince Albert was an Officer Aspirant at the Ecole Navale (French Navy Academy). After his training, Prince Albert was awarded the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. In 1986, he was named Colonel in the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Carabiniers) and in 1988, he was named Lieutenant-Commander in the French Navy.

In order to familiarize himself with communication, economics and management, Prince Albert did several internships in different companies such as the Morgan Guaranty Trust in New York and Moët-Hennessy in Paris from 1983 to 1985.

In 1996, Prince Albert received an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of Maynooth in Ireland.

Prince Albert doesn’t only have academic and military accomplishment. He is also a very good athlete. His passion for sport started very early on and he was his school’s best middle-distance runner while on the cross-country team. He has a black belt in judo and he trained in javelin at Amherst College. He even played football (soccer) as a member of the Monaco football team for four years. He also competed in the Olympics five times (1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 ) as a member of the Monaco bobsleigh team.

Prince Albert competed in the Olympics five times (1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 ) as a member of the Monaco bobsleigh team.

He speaks French, German, English and Italian.

Prince Albert made a point of studying as many different fields as possible in order to have all the knowledge he would need as Prince Sovereign of Monaco. He had a very diverse education, taking interest in music and sports as well as politics and economics, allowing him today to work with a lot of different Monegasque, French and international associations in many different fields such as sports, sustainable development, protecting the wildlife, education and human rights. His studies also allowed him to develop Monaco to a great extent by promoting the economic activity of the principality and modernizing it, making it even more attractive than it already was.

 

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