Monaco's Prince Albert II visits Hannibal

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | 3:29 p.m. CDT
Prince Albert II, of Monaco talks with Austin Janes and Salwa Mikhail during a visit to Hannibal Regional Hospital on Monday.

HANNIBAL — Hannibal has been visited by presidents, celebrities and a variety of dignitaries. But until this week, never royalty.

That changed Monday when Monaco's Prince Albert II paid a visit to Mark Twain's hometown in northeast Missouri. The 52-year-old prince was in town to visit with his friend, Hannibal opthamologist Robert Munsch.

While in Hannibal the prince also toured Hannibal Regional Hospital, chatted with the boy and girl who portray Tom and Becky as Hannibals' official ambassadors, and signed a traveling section of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum's whitewashed fence.

Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have all paid visits to Hannibal.


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