Prince Albert makes first official appearance as regent

Prince Albert made his first official appearance since assuming Monaco’s royal powers from his critically ill father, attending Mass for the late Pope John Paul today.

Prince Albert made his first official appearance since assuming Monaco’s royal powers from his critically ill father, attending Mass for the late Pope John Paul today.

Albert, the only son of ailing Prince Rainier and his late film star wife Grace Kelly, was accompanied at Monaco’s cathedral by one of his sisters, Princess Caroline.

There was no update today from the palace on the health of 81-year-old Rainier, who has been in intensive care since March 22 with heart, kidney and breathing problems.

Last week, Albert took over his father’s royal powers, but not the throne after a royal commission decided that Rainier was too sick to rule.

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