The Royal Family Tree of Monaco – A Guide to the House of Grimaldi
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The Monegasque royal family has been talked about a lot in recent months. Much of the attention has revolved around its current monarch, Albert II, a former playboy turned billionaire sovereign prince of the tiny but super-rich principality, who has been put in jeopardy by another claim that he fathered another illegitimate child (he officially recognized two children born out of wedlock). Then there is the mysterious case of his wife, Princess Charlene, who, around the time the latest paternity scandal broke last year, fled to her native South Africa and is not didn’t return for six months, blaming a sinus infection so bad she couldn’t get on a plane. When she finally returned home with her husband and two young children in November, the happy reunion didn’t last long: Charlene quickly checked herself into a treatment center for physical and emotional exhaustion, and was expected there. stay for several more weeks.
Regular bouts of scandal are an integral part of any legendary blue-blooded dynasty. (Look no further than the Windsors, who are in the throes of a very, very bad thanks to a major thorn in their side named Andrew.) As for Monaco’s 700-year-old Grimaldi house, the fascination and Relentless global intrigue reached a fever pitch when Prince Rainier III married Hollywood icon Grace Kelly in 1956. Since then, the Monegasque royal family has become as synonymous with glitz and glamor as they are with their penchant for scandal.
Today, the extended Grimaldi clan is perhaps even brighter than in the days of Princess Grace. On the family tree? An Italian aristocrat, a Colombian billionaire beer heiress, German princes and French movie stars, to name a few. Below, GTC take a let’s take a closer look at the modern generations of the Monegasque monarchy.
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Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly
The House of Grimaldi was established in 1297, but it was the fairytale union of a prince and a Hollywood starlet in 1956 at the wedding of the century that really elevated the reputation of the Grimaldis – and by extension, of Monaco – as a dynasty worthy of attention. The couple then had three children: Caroline, Albert and Stéphanie..
Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene
The second-born of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, Albert, ascended the throne in 2005 after the death of his father. In 2011, he married South African-born Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer, in a star-studded ceremony that reportedly cost $55 million. Three years later, she gave birth to their twins, Jacques (her heir) and Gabriella.
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
In 2006, after DNA tests confirmed a former California waitress’s years-old claim that her then 14-year-old daughter Jazmin was her child, Prince Albert officially acknowledged her. But like all Grimaldi children born out of wedlock, she is not in the line of succession. Today, the 29-year-old is an actress and singer.
Alexandre Grimaldi Coste
In the late 90s, Prince Albert dated Nicole Coste (pictured here), an air hostess from Togo whom he had met en route from Nice to Paris In 2002, she gave birth to their son, Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste. In 2005, when Paris Match broke the news of their secret child, Albert officially accepted him into the family.
The eldest of Rainier and Grace’s children is a tireless ambassador to the Monegasque throne, a style icon and staple, and the de facto matriarch of the Grimaldi family. She also presides over a brood of incredibly beautiful children and stepchildren. After a brief two-year marriage to Parisian banker Philippe Junot, Princess Caroline married Italian powerboat racer Stefano Casiraghi in 1983. They had three children – Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre – before he was tragically killed in a speedboat accident in 1990. Nine years later, she married Prince Ernst August of Hanover, head of the German House of Hanover, who is a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth and known for his terrible behavior. They separated in 2009 and have one child together, Princess Alexandra.
Following: Princess Caroline of Monaco’s greatest style moments
Andrea Casiraghi & Tatiana Santo Domingo
The eldest child of Princess Caroline and her late husband Stefano is fourth in line to the Monegasque throne. After a seven-year relationship with Colombian heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo (her grandfather was billionaire brewery magnate Julio Mario Santo Domingo), the two got engaged in 2012. The following year, she gave birth to their first child before getting married, first in a civil ceremony in Monaco and later in a religious celebration in Gstaad. They have since had two more children.
Charlotte Casiraghi and Dimitri Rassam
Caroline and Stefano’s middle child, Charlotte, an accomplished horsewoman and Chanel brand ambassador, dated French comedian Gad Elmaleh for four years, during which time she gave birth to their son. In 2018, she got engaged to film producer Dimitri Rassam, whose mother is legendary French actress Carole Bouquet. The couple’s son was born in 2018 and a year later they married in two ceremonies, a civil one in Monaco followed by a nun in Provence.
Pierre Casiraghi & Beatrice Borromee
Caroline and Stefano’s youngest son took after his late father – Pierre is a sailboat racer and the skipper of Team Malizia which in 2019 transported famous climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic in a boat carbon neutral so that she can participate in the UN Climate Action Summit. He has been with Italian aristocrat and Buccellati ambassador Beatrice Borromeo since 2008. The couple tied the knot in a fabulous series of events in the summer of 2015, first with a civil ceremony and a black-tie gala in Monaco, followed by a weekend of festivities. on the Borromean Islands, owned by his family, on Lake Maggiore in Italy. They now have two sons.
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
Princess Caroline and Prince Ernst August have a child together: Princess Alexandra, born in 1999. Since the separation of her parents in 2009, the 22-year-old young woman has lived with her mother in Monaco.
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Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina Malysheva
Through her third husband, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Princess Caroline is stepmother to her two sons with his ex-wife, Swiss socialite Chantal Hochuli. In 2017, the eldest, Prince Ernst August, married Ekaterina Malysheva, a Russian fashion designer and founder of EKAT, a line of flamboyant jumpsuits. Days before the royal wedding, her father publicly voiced his opposition to the union due to a dispute over the family castles. The celebrations continued without the groom’s father. The couple, who now live in Hanover, have three children.
Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra of Osma
Prince Christian, Princess Caroline’s second stepson through her marriage to Prince Ernst August, married Peruvian lawyer Alessandra de Osma in 2018 in Lima. The Madrid-based couple welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, in July 2020.
Rainier and Grace’s rebellious youngest child had a famously colorful romantic life. After dating Rob Lowe and Paul Belmondo, she got into a relationship with her bodyguard Daniel Ducruet. They had two children before officially marrying in 1995, but the marriage only lasted a year – he was caught having an affair with Miss Bare Breasts of Belgium. In 1998, she had her third child with another former bodyguard, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb. A few years later, she started dating an elephant trainer and joined the circus, taking her young children with her. In 2003, she married a Portuguese acrobat – they also divorced after a year.
Following: The looks of Princess Stephanie of Monaco over the years
Louis Ducruet and Marie Chevallier
The 29-year-old eldest son of Princess Stephanie and her ex-husband Daniel Ducruet is the president of the Monegasque Electronic Sports Federation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Western Carolina University in North Carolina. Before that, Louis attended Skema Business School, where he met his wife Marie Chevallier. The two got married in 2019.
Princess Stephanie’s second child with ex-husband Ducruet was a competitive diver before transitioning into a career in fashion. The 27-year-old graduated from Parsons, interned at vogue and Louis Vuitton, and, in 2018, founded Alter, a gender-neutral clothing line shown at Paris Fashion Week.
Of all Grimaldi’s descendants, Princess Stephanie’s daughter with another former bodyguard, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb, perhaps resembles Grace Kelly the most. According to her Instagram account, Camille, 23, is the marketing manager of a Monte-Carlo nightclub and founder of Be Safe Monaco, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.
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