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    Monaco, one of the smallest states in the world, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the accession of its ruler, Prince rainier on Thursday (9th May).

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    Monaco, one of the smallest states in the world, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the accession of its ruler, Prince rainier on Thursday (9th May).

    Monaco has long enjoyed the reputation of being the pleasure ground of Europe, and the celebrations planned for the anniversary have attracted a large gathering of newsmen and tourists.

    On Thursday, the Royal Family watched the guardsmen in their colorful ceremonial uniforms, change the guard while the band played in front of the Palace. Many of Monaco's 4,500 citizens also watched the ceremony. They have all been invited to a giant picnic on Sunday (12 May) with the Royal Family. A menu of pate, ham, hard-boiled eggs and cold chicken, accompanied by wine and beer is to be provided.

    Since coming to the throne on 9th May, 1949, Prince Rainier has often made headlines. He married American film star Grace Kelly eighteen year sago in a blaze of publicity and the couple now have three children: Princess Caroline, 17, Crown Prince Albert, 16, and Princess Stephanie, 9.

    In recent years the Prince has begun to change Monaco's image form a playground for the rich. He has encouraged an industrial and building programme in an attempt to broaden the base of the economy. Gambling and tourism still account for 90 per cent of the funds, but industry is making an increasing contribution.

    The conversion is changing the face of Monaco, and the 19th century Casino is now dwarfed by tall buildings.

    SYNOPSIS: Monte Carlo--where the gambling casinos and the harbour have attracted the rich of the world to make the tiny European state of Monaco their playground. On Thursday, Monaco celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Prince Rainier's accession as its ruler.

    Lately, the Prince has encouraged a building and industria programme to broaden the base of the economy. With only two miles of area, the only way to expand is up.

    Ninety per cent of the funds still come from gambling and tourism but industry is making an increasing contribution.

    Eighteen years ago, Prince Rainier married the American film star Grace Kelly. Their children joined them on the balcony.

    The fairy tale romance still holds the attention of the world's press and the couple are often in the headlines.

    A week of celebrations is planned for the four and a half thousand citizens of Monaco. All of them have been invited to a picnic with the Royal family on Sunday.

    A sports tournament, a cathedral service and a grand ball have also been planned in honour of Prince Rainier's quarter of a century in power.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD0UYI7JZFNT1LLYTVZTSCCU4R
    Media URN:
    VLVAD0UYI7JZFNT1LLYTVZTSCCU4R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
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