Rainier III, Prince of Monaco facts for kids
Rainier in 1961
|Prince of Monaco|
|Reign||9 May 1949 – 6 April 2005|
31 May 1923|
Prince's Palace, Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Died||6 April 2005
Monaco's Cardiothoracic Center, Monaco
|Burial||15 April 2005
Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate, Monaco-Ville, Monaco
(m. 1956; died 1982)
|Father||Count Pierre of Polignac|
|Mother||Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois|
Rainier III (Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi; 31 May 1923 – 6 April 2005) ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs in European history. Though internationally known for his marriage to American actress Grace Kelly, he was also responsible for reforms to Monaco's constitution and for expanding the principality's economy from its traditional casino gambling base to its current tax haven role. Gambling accounts for only approximately three per cent of the nation's annual revenue today; when Rainier ascended the throne in 1949, it accounted for more than 95 per cent.
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