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In pictures: Monaco enthronement

Prince Albert of Monaco arriving at the cathedral

Prince Albert II formally ascended to the throne of Monaco three months after the death of his father, Prince Ranier.

The ceremony at Monaco Cathedral

Celebrations began with a solemn Roman Catholic Mass in the cliff-top cathedral where Prince Rainier is buried.

Prince Albert receives the blessing

Wearing a dark suit, the 47-year-old prince knelt before the tiny principality's archbishop to receive a blessing.

Prince Albert waves to crowds as he leaves the cathedral

Recent revelations of his 22-month-old love child did nothing to dampen the applause from onlookers.

Princess Stephanie arriving at the cathedral

He was joined by his family. His younger sister, Princess Stephanie, wore a white and pink floral dress.

Prince Albert with his older sister Princess Caroline

His elder sister Princess Caroline, wearing a checked coat and a wide hat, appeared to shed a tear as they left the church.

(From left to right) Pierre Casiraghi, Charlotte Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi

Her three children, Pierre, Charlotte and Andrea Casiraghi were also there for the proceedings.

(Left to right) Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie

After the service, the family made the short walk back to the palace for further celebrations.

Flag flies with the new arms of Prince Albert II of Monaco beside the palace

Prince Albert, who has a new coat of arms, was also due to receive the town's keys from the mayor.

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