MONACO: L'Etat, C'est

Not only had Princess Grace given birth to a son and heir in March, but Monaco had enjoyed its headiest and gayest season since the war. Yet for His Serene Highness, Prince Rainier III, 35, it was a time of continual vexation. Ever since the new 18-man legislative council took office in January, the prerogatives of Europe's last absolute monarch had come under serious question.

Though Monegasques have talked off and on for years about introducing democratic reforms in their sunny land, which has no income taxes and no military service, the legislative...

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