|Albert II in 2005|
|Emperor of France|
|Reign||28 April 1975 – 30 June 2006 (31 years)|
|Coronation||5 May 1975|
|Successor||Maurice Napoleon I|
|Issue|| Maurice Napoleon I|
Prince Napoleon Francois
|Albert Sebastien Charles-Napoleon Bonaparte|
|House||House of Bonaparte|
|Born|| 4 September 1937 |
|Died|| 30 June 2006 |
Imperial Palace, Paris, France
|Burial||3 July 2006|
Albert Sebastien Charles-Napoleon Bonaparte (born September 4, 1937; died June 30, 2006), better known by his regnal name, Albert II, was the 10th Emperor of France, reigning from 1975 until his death in 2006. At 31 years, his reign was the fourth-longest in history behind Napoleon I, Louis II, and his father and predecessor, Sebastien. Albert II was known as "Albert the Just" and "the Great Liberal," for his progressive domestic policies and for ushering in an era of openness in France known as the culture libre. However, many Cold War historians are quick to point out that Albert II was considerably more hawkish than his father, considerably more secretive and conducted disastrous overseas military campaigns his father would likely have avoided, and abandoned the gradual policy of detente that had existed in the mid to late 1970's. He was succeeded by his son, Maurice Napoleon I.
Work at Foreign Ministry
Crown Prince and Transition of Power
Emperor of the French: 1975-2006
Economic Policy and "The Quarter-Century Vision"
Liberalization of Country and "Culture Libre"
Foreign Policy with Developing World
Cold War Policy
Vietnam and Siamese Wars
Postwar Domestic Policy and 2002 Economic Crisis
Diagnosis of Lung Cancer and Illness
Death and FuneralOn June 30, 2006, after many months outside of the public eye, Emperor Albert II of France passed away in the late afternoon while taking a nap at his summer home on the southern coast of France. The Imperial Office released a statement that evening announcing that he had passed away and that Crown Prince Maurice Napoleon Bonaparte would becoming Acting Emperor immediately and be coronated following the Imperial Funeral.
Like all of his ancestors, Albert II was given an Imperial Funeral on July 3rd with full military honors and nearly ten million people flooded the streets to observe his funeral procession travel through Paris from the Imperial Palace to Notre Dame. He lay in state for two days following his funeral mass before being transported by car, once again with over a million in attendance, to the Bonaparte Mausoleum on Montmartre, where he was interred at 8:30 PM between his father, Sebastien I, and elder brother Maurice Louis Napoleon.
At 12:01 PM on July 6th, the period of mourning officially ended and his eldest son was coronated and took the regnal name Maurice Napoleon I.