In this series, we capture the biographical and major news posts from this date in previous years so that you can "catch up" on your favorites or reflect on some topics you might have missed. One paragraph is included here; click the title to see the full post.
"The Princely palace in Monaco has announced that Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene is expecting her first child. Monaco has almost always had a fairly scandalous sovereign family. (Read my history of Princesses of Monaco.) The actual independence of Monaco was at stake through most of Albert's single days. Under the Monagesque constitution only the direct and legitimate heirs of the reigning prince could succeed. Furthermore, under international treaty, if Albert, had no legitimate children, Monaco would become part of France. By 2002, the situation had become serious enough they changed the constitution and had it ratified by France so that the reigning Prince's siblings and their legitimate descendants could accede, using male preference primogeniture." Read the post to meet the members of the family.