Prince Ranier III

On today's date in 1949, Prince Ranier was crowned Prince of Monaco.

Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi; 31 May 1931 - 6 April 2005, )styled, His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, ruled the PrinPrincipality of Monaco for more than 50 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Though he was best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly, he was also responsible for reforms to Monaco's constitution and for expanding the principality's economy beyond its traditional gambling base. Gambling accounts for approximately three percent of the nation's annual revenue today; when Rainier ascended the throne in 1949, it accounted for more than 95 percent. Before his death, he was the world's second-longest reigning monarch with his 56 years of reign. more....

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

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