Like everyone else reading this, I too sent a sympathy card to the Monaguesque Royal Family after I learned of the passing of Prince Rainier, the longest-ruling European monarch. And yesterday, I received a response from the Consulate General of Monaco.
It's always nice to get a letter in the mail. (06/04/05)
The letter says:
May 26, 2005
On April 6, 2005, His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco passed away at the age of 81. In His 56 year long reign, He transformed His nation from a quiet seaside resort to a modern independent state. In a fairy-tale wedding, Prince Rainier married Philadelphia-born movie star Grace Kelly in 1956 and found a place in the heart of millions of Americans.
The outpouring of messages of support for the Princely Family has been exceptional. We would like to acknowledge receipt of your letter and extend to you our thanks for your very thoughtful words and condolences. We would also like to inform you that your correspondence has been sent to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II’s personal office in Monaco.
With charisma and vision, Prince Rainier led Monaco through the 20th century. We now look forward to Prince Albert’s leadership to guide the Principality into the 21st century, continuing on the path of development started by His Father and adding His own modern vision.
Consulate General of Monaco
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