Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene make poignant trip to Auschwitz during Polish tour, saying 'atrocities will never be extinguished'
18:36 GMT, 19 October 2012
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene have visited the memorial of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau and laid flowers at its Execution Wall.
The couple today walked through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate into the Auschwitz camp and visited its crematorium and red-brick barracks where former inmates' belongings and hair are housed.
They wrote in the visitors' book that the memory of the atrocities 'will never be extinguished'.
Moved: Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Charlene paid a visit to Auschwitz today as part of a four-day tour of Poland
Prince Albert also visited the wooden
barracks and memorial at nearby Birkenau, where Jews were brought to
their death at the gas chamber or forced into hard work.
Some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were killed at the camp between 1940 and 1945.
The royals also visited Warsaw and Krakow on their four-day Polish visit, which started in Warsaw on Wednesday.
The royal two were met in the Polish capital on their arrival by President Komorowski and First Lady Anna and spent the morning at the Presidential Palace before paying a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where Prince Albert laid a wreath.
That evening they attended an official dinner held in their honour before travelling on to Krakow where they met Mayor Jacek Majchrowski and visited Wawel Castle.
Prince Albert, son of Rainer III and Grace Kelly, is said to be one of the wealthiest royals in the world with a fortune estimated at $1bn (624m).
He married Charlene, then Wittstock, in a ceremony last year.
Distressed: Charlene felt the weight of the history of Auschwitz and the Princess looked visibly shaken during the visit
Legacy: The two visited the crematorium and red-brick barracks where former inmates' hair and belongings are housed
Poignant: Prince Albert and Charlene, were led around the camp by Piotr Cywinski (left of Prince Albert) the director of KL Auschwitz concentration camp