Rainier critically ill as Monaco prays.
Throughout Monaco, Rainier's subjects braced for what they feared could be the final days of a man many revere as a father figure.
The 81-year-old head of Europe's longest ruling royal family, was spending his third day in intensive care at a hospital with a view of his hilltop palace A medical bulletin from the royal palace described the ailing prince's condition as 'stable'.
The prince, whose film star wife Grace Kelly died in a 1982 car crash, was admitted to hospital more than two weeks ago with a chest infection. After a marked improvement, the prince's health suddenly worsened.
Rainier was transferred to the intensive care unit at Monaco's Cardio-Thoracic Centre on Tuesday after developing a sudden respiratory infection with cardiac and kidney failure
Rainier heads Europe's longest ruling royal family