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In pictures: Ascending Monaco's throne

A car bears the royal standard of Monaco's Prince Albert

Prince Albert II formally ascended Monaco's throne in a day of ceremony that mixed royal pomp with remembrance of his late father, Rainier III.

Prince Albert of Monaco arrives at the cathedral for Mass.

The festivities started with a solemn Mass in Monaco's cathedral, attended by foreign dignitaries and European royalty.

Princess Caroline prays in Monaco's cathedral

It was an emotional ceremony - Prince Albert's sisters Princess Caroline, pictured, and Princess Stephanie, cried during the Mass.

UK's Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Among the royal guests were the UK's Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria wore an eye-catching outfit.

Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy and his wife Clotilde Courau

Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy, grandson of Italy's last king, and his wife Clotilde Courau, also attended.

Prince Albert kneels in Monaco's cathedral

Albert automatically assumed royal powers on his father's death in April, and was sworn in as head of state in July.

Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie wave to well-wishers during a military parade

After the Mass, Prince Albert and his two sisters watched a military parade.

Prince Albert at the football

The 47-year-old then enjoyed an afternoon at the football, watching Monaco play Saint-Etienne.

Monaco's ruling family at the opera, in a photo released by the palace

He and his family attended the opera in the evening to watch a performance of Rossini's The Voyage to Reims.






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