Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Prince Albert in America
The Prince of Monaco is in his mother's native land this week. On Monday he visited the sleepy Missouri town of Hannibal; best known as the hometown of American writer Mark Twain. Prince Albert II paid a friendly (unofficial) visit to the Hannibal Regional Hospital to visit an old friend of his, opthalmologist Dr. Robert Munsch. He is the first royal visitor the little town has ever had. Anyone expecting to see Charlene was disappointed and she went ahead to St Louis while the Prince made the detour. The Monegasque monarch said it was great to be in the heartland of America and called Hannibal, "a very authentic part of the US". It was all supposed to be very informal and 'hush hush' but of course word spread rapidly and soon town dignitaries were coming to present the Prince with a key to the city and oblige him to say a few words. He also took a drive around the little town and enjoyed some barbeque with friends before moving on to St Louis to meet up with his beloved. Some of the shocked co-workers of Dr. Munsch said he had told them he was friends with the Prince of Monaco but no one actually believed him until His Serene Highness showed up to say hello.