HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne on July 12, 2005. The following year, he created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which continues his personal commitment for the protection of the environment by supporting sustainable, ethical and innovative projects around the world, with a focus on three main challenges: fighting against climate change and promoting renewable energy; combating the loss of biodiversity; and preserving water resources.
In January 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco undertook a scientific journey in the Antarctic. This journey follows upon two other expeditions realized in Arctic in 2005 (Spitzberg) and 2006 when he reached the North Pole by sledge. H.S.H the Prince received, among others, the Teddy Roosevelt medal at the United States Congress, the Roger Revelle prize at the University of California in San Diego, and the B.A.U.M Environmental award in Hamburg. These distinctions were awarded to him in acknowledgement of his actions towards environmental protection.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Amherst College (B.A., 1981) in Massachusetts and served in the French navy. HSH the Prince participated in five Olympic Games, from Calgary in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002. A member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985, he is also President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee.
The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton
As a Patron of this expedition where a survivor of a major burns injury aims to complete his journey to the South Pole she endorses the team and wishes them good luck.