15 Jan 2009

Prince Albert reaches South Pole

10:13 am on 15 January 2009

Prince Albert of Monaco has reached the South Pole.

The prince, 50, reached the South Pole on Wednesday. He is on a month-long expedition aimed at evaluating the impact of climate change on Antarctica.

In 2006, he spent 14 days walking to the North Pole and is the only head of state to have travelled to both poles.

Monaco last May became the 47th state signatory of the Antarctica Treaty, which regulates human activities on the continent.

A statement from the palace said he has already visited more than 10 Antarctic scientific stations and met their teams.