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October 01, 2015 04:00 PM

In a new interview, Monaco’s Prince Albert II speaks of preparing his children for the environmental challenges to come.

Albert, 57, will assume a key role at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which kicks off in Paris on November 30.

In the long-ranging interview with Paris Match, Albert shared his concern and some personal reflections on the importance of the upcoming conference. Underscoring his role as a father, the magazine also features new photos of nearly 10-month-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella at Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum.

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Albert, the only head of state to ever trek to the North Pole – a dream held by his great-grandfather, “Explorer Prince” Rainier I – tells the magazine ecology is a passion he was “sensitized to from a very young age” by his parents, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier.

“My mother led us often on walks here, in the back country,” he said. “My father was more the sea. He helped us discover the marine environment and to respect nature.”

Princess Charlene has been extremely vocal in her support of her husband’s environmental initiatives, both with her charity foundation work at home. “She is very concerned about these issues,” Albert said.

As parents, he added, the couple believes their own children hold a special family legacy and “they have to be prepared. We will do everything so that our children will be well educated and informed on these issues.

“They will have to act. Therefore, we must prepare them now to address these issues and environmental questions and imagine solutions for themselves.”

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