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Monaco's Prince Albert II visits South Pole

 This photo provided Wednesday Jan. 7, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco watching penguins on Ardley island, off Antarctica,...
 This photo provided Thursday Jan. 8, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco greeting  members of the Chilean O'Higgins scientifi...
 This photo provided Thursday Jan. 8, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows the Chilean Arturo Prat base in Antarctica, Wednesday Jan 7, 2009 as part of a ...
 This photo provided Thursday Jan. 8, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows the Argentinian Decepcion base in Antarctica, Wednesday Jan 7, 2009 as part of ...
 This photo provided Monday Jan. 12, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco, right, and one of Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions...
 This photo provided Monday Jan. 12, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco training near the Patriot Hills base camp, Antarctica,...
 This photo provided Wednesday Jan.14, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco, left, with South African adventurer Mike Horn,  hea...
 This photo provided Wednesday Jan.14, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco with the principality flag at the South pole Wednesd...
 This photo provided Wednesday Jan.14, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco near the South pole Wednesday. The trip will last th...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Wednesday Jan. 7, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco watching penguins on Ardley island, off Antarctica,...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Thursday Jan. 8, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco greeting members of the Chilean O'Higgins scientifi...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Thursday Jan. 8, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows the Chilean Arturo Prat base in Antarctica, Wednesday Jan 7, 2009 as part of a ...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Thursday Jan. 8, 2009, by the Monaco Palace shows the Argentinian Decepcion base in Antarctica, Wednesday Jan 7, 2009 as part of ...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Monday Jan. 12, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco, right, and one of Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Monday Jan. 12, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco training near the Patriot Hills base camp, Antarctica,...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Wednesday Jan.14, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco, left, with South African adventurer Mike Horn, hea...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Wednesday Jan.14, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco with the principality flag at the South pole Wednesd...

ANTARCTICA MONACO POLAR PRINCE

This photo provided Wednesday Jan.14, 2009 by the Monaco Palace shows Prince Albert II of Monaco near the South pole Wednesday. The trip will last th...

Monaco's Prince Albert II has reached the South Pole after a two-day-long cross-country ski trip across Antarctica, fraught by wind and fog.
The prince, whose team included a doctor and his friend, South African adventurer Mike Horn, reached the Pole at 1947 GMT (2:47 p.m. EST) on Tuesday. Temperatures during the journey reached -40 F (-40 C).
Following a brief ceremony, the prince then visited a U.S. base near the Pole. The Amundsen-Scott base was one of 26 international bases the prince is expected to visit during his trip to Antarctica.
The prince has said his trip, which is to wrap up on Jan. 22, is aimed at raising awareness about global warming. The sovereign visited the North Pole in 2006.