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MONACO BEGINS FUNERAL FOR PRINCE RAINIER

Staff who served Monaco's Prince Rainier III bore his coffin from the 17th century chapel in his palace where he had lain in state, a somber opening to funeral ceremonies today that drew VIPs from around the world.

Rainier -- who married Grace Kelly and had been Europe's longest-serving monarch -- died April 6 of heart, kidney and breathing problems after struggling with failing health for years.

Prince Albert II, Rainier's son and heir, emerged from the palace apartments flanked by his sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie, who both wore headscarves of black lace.

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