By Christina Wilkie - 12/01/09 12:07 AM EST
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited D.C. on Monday to speak at the the opening day of a week-long summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty.
Prince Albert followed the
lawmakers’ remarks with a keynote speech at the Smithsonian Museum of
Natural History, where he recounted his recent trip to the South Pole.
in Antarctica, he joined Mike Horn, the South African explorer, and the
pair skied across the frozen tundra for two days before they finally
reached the South Pole. “We camped out and shared a tent, and it was
Prince Albert is the eldest
of the three children born to American movie star Grace Kelly and
Monaco’s Prince Rainier III. Asked during a brief Q-and-A to choose his
favorite of his mother’s films, Prince Albert cited Alfred Hitchcock’s
psychological suspense thriller, “Rear Window.”
“There’s an incredible quality in the relationship between Jimmy Stewart and my mom that is simply magical,” he said.
Prince Albert II is only in town for the day, and sources tell ITK that President Barack Obama does not plan to meet with him during the trip, although the two will likely cross paths in Copenhagen in a few weeks.