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Actress Grace Kelly's son Prince Albert II of Monaco on India visit

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Only those of a certain generation of film buffs would know of the fifties Hollywood diva fans certainly would remember her as a major protagonist from "Dial M for Murder" (1954), "Rear Window" (1954) and "To Catch a Thief" (1955).

The late actress' son, of Monaco, arrived here on Friday on his first visit since his accession as of the state in 2005, although has diplomatic relations with since 2007.

In 1956, Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry of the Grimaldi family that has ruled the 2 sq-km Principality of for 600 years. She died in a in 1982. After Rainier III's death in 2005, Albert succeeded him as He is said to have ancestry from Italy, Ireland, Britain, the US, Germany, France, Mexico, and

In fact, this year marks 600 years since the Italian House of Grimaldi purchased Monaco from the Spanish kingdom of Aragon by which they became the and undisputed rulers of "the Rock of Monaco" rising above the sea in what has become the prime tourist destination in the - the French Riveira.

Monaco's most populous quarter is Monte Carlo known for its gambling casino as well as for the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix.

While the marriage of to brought to the city state, besides tourism and its casinos, Monaco also built a reputation as a place of residence for the global rich owing to the massive tax incentives it offers to residents. There is no personal income tax in this most densely populated sovereign state in the world.

Monaco has a population of about 38,000, of whom only 8,000 are Monegasque, or of local origin, a member of the 30-member accompanying business delegation said on the sidelines of the India-Monaco Business Forum at industry chamber Ficci where the Prince was the chief guest.

The Forum marked the launch of economic cooperation with a partnership agreement being signed between Ficci and the to strengthen the institutional mechanism for boosting bilateral trade and investment which are currently at miniscule levels.

Monaco's spoke at the event about how the country has had a budget surplus for the last 6 years in succession for an economy based on the "five pillars of tourism, industry, trade, real estate, and and financial management".

is one of the wealthiest royals in the world, with assets valued at more than $1 billion, which include land in Monaco and France, as also the of one of the richest charities in the world.

He is also a and expeditionist, in line with his environmental concerns, and is the first incumbent of state to have reached the North Pole.

In 2006, he created the Prince Albert II of for supporting sustainable and ethical projects around the world. The foundation focuses on three main challenges: climate change and renewable energy development, combating the loss of biodiversity and



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First Published: Mon, February 04 2019. 23:36 IST