02 Jul '11, 7am

Monaco: 700 years of Grimaldis

Monaco: 700 years of Grimaldis

The principality of Monaco consists of less than two square kilometres of steep and rocky real estate carved out of France’s Mediterranean coast. Known today as a playground for the rich , replete with a casino and an annual car race that roars through its narrow streets, Monaco has been ruled almost continuously by the Grimaldi dynasty since 1297. The current monarch, Prince Albert II , is due on July 1 to marry the Zimbabwean-born swimming champion Charlene Wittstock in a lavish ceremony. Some key facts about Monaco : In 1861 Monaco was recognised as an independent state under a treaty with France, with which it has closely been associated ever since. After World War I France agreed to protect Monaco’s independence, in return for which the principality aligned its domestic and foreign policy with Paris. Monaco’s Minister of State — the head of the government who is appoi...

Full article: http://www.luxuo.com/events/principality-of-monaco.html

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