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Monaco, the world, buries Prince Rainier

April 15, 2005 at 12:04 PM   |   Comments

MONACO, Monaco, April 15 (UPI) -- Europe's royalty and dignitaries from around the world came to Monaco Friday for Prince Rainier's funeral in a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Rainier will be buried next to his wife, Hollywood star Grace Kelly, who died after a car crash in 1982, the BBC reported. Prince Albert, 47, one of the couple's three children, is succeeding him as the principality's monarch.

Among the guests were Belgium's King Albert II, Britain's Prince Andrew, Denmark's Prince Joachim and Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Ten soldiers from the Prince's Company of Carabineers carried his coffin out of the palace, crossing a square filled with thousand of people, many holding red and white roses.

Flags lining the streets, also tied with black ribbons of mourning, were at half staff, as Monaco observes an official three-month mourning period.

The prince died April 6 after a long illness.

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