Prince Rainier of Monaco goes into ICU

MONACO, Monaco, March 22 (UPI) -- A worsening lung infection has forced Prince Rainier III of Monaco into an intensive care unit, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Prince Rainier back in hospital

MONACO, Monaco, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Monaco's Prince Rainier III was back in the hospital Monday after suffering intense chest pains during the weekend.

Monaco's prince is on the rebound from flu

MONACO, Monaco, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Prince Rainier III of Monaco was reportedly recovering from the flu Saturday in a hospital and hoping to be home by Christmas.
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Prince Rainier III
A contemplative looking Princess Stephanie walks past a sculpted portrait of her mother, Princess Grace after unveiling ceremonies at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington on October 15, 1986. The portrait head, in bronze on a wooden base, is the work of Dutch sculptor Kees Verkade. It was presented to the Smithsonian by Prince Rainier III of Monaco and his family, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie and Prince Albert. (UPI Photo/Doug Mills/Files)

Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi, Count of Polignac; 31 May 1923 – 6 April 2005), styled His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Though he was best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly, he was also responsible for reforms to Monaco's constitution and for expanding the principality's economy beyond its traditional gambling base. Gambling accounts for approximately three percent of the nation's annual revenue today; when Rainier ascended the throne in 1949, it accounted for more than 95 percent.

Rainier III was of French, Mexican, Spanish, German, Scottish, English, Dutch, and Italian ancestry.

Through his great-grandmother Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton, who was briefly Princess of Monaco, he was a descendant of James IV of Scotland (descended from three of his illegitimate daughters). His great-great-great-grandmother was Stéphanie de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte and later the Grand Duchess of Baden. Other ancestors include William Thomas Beckford, the scandalous 18th century English collector, tastemaker, writer, and eccentric.

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