|Albert and Rainier, with Princesses Caroline and Stephanie|
Rainier III was Prince of Monaco for nearly 56 years, making him one of the longest reigning sovereigns in the world at the end of his life. His reign saw great change for Monaco, including restoration of the principality's finances and a removal from complete dependence on gambling revenue as well as a new constitution. He also put the tiny Mediterranean country on the map for many outsiders when he married movie star Grace Kelly.
|The family at Prince Rainier's funeral|
|Mass during the July 12th celebrations|
|Evening celebrations on July 12th|
|Prince Albert II kneels during the mass for his enthronement held in November|
Video from the November celebrationsThe line of succession has changed in the past few years; the process began during Rainier's reign while Albert was still a bachelor in no rush to settle down. The initial law restricted the line of succession to descendants of the reigning prince only (meaning Caroline and Stephanie would have lost their rights when their brother acceded the throne, and he would have no heir); the revision provides succession rights for descendants of past reigning princes. This makes Albert's older sister Princess Caroline and her children next in the line at the moment; Caroline is the Hereditary Princess of Monaco.
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