Last month — October 24, 2014, to be exact — His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Marine Science from the Università degli Studi di Genova (University of Genoa) in Genoa, Italy.

The sovereign prince received his Honorary Doctorate during the Lectio Magistralis (a scholarly lecture) entitled, The Mediterranean and its Environmental Conditions Between Hopes and Concerns.