Monday, July 12, 2010

Today in Grimaldi History

It was on this day in 1870 that HSH Prince Louis II of Monaco was born to Prince Albert I and his first wife Princess Mary Victoria. One of my favorites Monegasque monarchs, he was perhaps not as appreciated in his own time as he should have been and has largely been overshadowed by his more well-known successor and grandson; Prince Rainier III. During his time on the throne of Monaco he was known as "the military prince" because of his heroic service with the French army in World War I. As Sovereign Prince of Monaco Louis II set up the modern courts of law, built a home for the elderly, a football stadium and a water reservoir at the boulevard de Belgique. He established the Supreme Court of Monaco and the Labour Court. He was a very strong, dutiful and hard working monarch whose memory deserves to be celebrated.

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