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The Civil Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Monaco

  July 2, 2011 at 4:18 am by

As one might expect, there was much sun and clear skies on Friday, 1 July when the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II, signed the register to become the husband of Charlene Wittstock. Charlene legally took the rank and style of her husband, becoming a Serene Highness and Princess of Monaco — or, if you prefer, Madame Grimaldi. The civil marriage took place in the Palace Throne Room and was … Continue reading

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Flying like The Eagles

  July 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm by

Today, Charlene Wittstock becomes Madame Albert Grimaldi, or Charlene Grimaldi, Princess of Monaco. The new Princess assumes her husband’s rank, per tradition of the patriarchy. From this day forward, people must address Charlene in third person: “How is Her Serene Highness today?” There won’t be anymore, “hey you, how goes it?” Last night, Monaco was awash in the musical harmonies of the legendary rock band The Eagles. Glenn Fry, Don … Continue reading

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Charlotte: Pomeline of Caroline’s Eye?

  June 27, 2011 at 8:46 am by

As Charlotte Casiraghi stood on the #2 pedestal with her partner, Edwina Alexander, last Friday night, her mother, Princess Caroline de Hanovre, gazed proudly up at her. Princess Caroline and her brother, the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, were passing out the trophies to the top three winners of the Pro-Am Cup. This event was partially conceived by Charlotte herself one year ago. Professional and amateur jumping riders pair … Continue reading

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Monacology Week!

  June 19, 2011 at 5:29 am by

The past week in Monaco, Monegasques were buzzing about — well, yes, the princely wedding, but also something else, quite different! It was Monacology Week, or the “Eco Village” in the Quai Antoine I. Since 2005, a week has been set aside for what can be considered the Principality’s version of an ecological fair in the Port Hercule. It was started by Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo, owners of the … Continue reading

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Monaco Update

  June 8, 2011 at 8:34 am by

There have been a lot of dramatic events in Monaco this year and the year is only halfway over. The worst, of course, came in March – the death of nonagenarian Princess Antoinette, Baroness de Massy. But then Prince Albert, the sovereign, and his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, paid a cheerful visit to Ireland. Among the delights among the Leprechauns: a visit to the old Kelly homestead. Princess Caroline, elder sister … Continue reading

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Springtime in Monaco

  May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am by

Last week, on Saturday, 7 May, while her daughter Charlotte launched a new project in Spain, Princess Caroline de Monaco was presiding over a 44-year-old tradition in Monaco. The Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo was bursting with sensational scents and colors as the Princess inaugurated the 44th International Flower Show (Concours Internationl de Bouquets). And the Princess herself appeared in the mood for springtime. She wore a knee-length floral dress, … Continue reading

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Charlotte Casiraghi Fuses her Interests

  May 8, 2011 at 9:49 am by

In the years 2005-2008, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco was focused on, first, completing her studies at Lycee Fenelon, and then several internships and collaborations in the print media. But by her own admission in one of her interviews last year, there was “something missing.” That something was her passion for the equestrian jumping sport. Since early 2009, she has been increasingly in the saddle and has been cementing her relationships … Continue reading

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Profile: Melanie-Antoinette de Massy

  April 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm by

Early this month, Caroline de Monaco, Princesse de Hanovre officiated at the opening day lunch for the Rolex Masters Tournament in Monte-Carlo. Caroline’s luncheon with tournament officials and players was covered in this blog. The day was followed by several charitable fundraising events that were not covered in this blog. Most years, Caroline’s cousin Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy has a prominent part in the opening of the tournament and the … Continue reading

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The Hannover Brothers

  April 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm by

Prince Ernst August Junior, as he is being called these days in the German press, is the heir apparent and eldest son of Prince Ernst August V, The Prince of Hannover. In his 27 years, the junior Ernst has cleverly managed to stay under the radar, despite his father’s high-profile marriage to Princess Caroline of Monaco, a marriage that had the added allure of juicy gossip about infidelities and public … Continue reading

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Life Going on in Monaco

  April 15, 2011 at 9:26 am by

Obladi, Oblada, Life goes on! Princess Antoinette, Monaco’s nonagenarian matriarch and last fallen icon of past reigns, was laid to rest in the Chapel of the Peace. March ended. Spring came. Prince Albert and his soon-to-be princess, Charlene, paid a visit to the ancestral land of that other fallen icon, the Prince’s Irish-American mother, Grace Kelly! Three days later, the couple was back in Monaco. The Prince met his neice, … Continue reading

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Monegasque State Visit to Ireland

  April 6, 2011 at 12:25 am by

This week in Dublin, the red carpet was rolled out and the guard of honour stood at Present Arms, or marched at Right Shoulder Arms, for the three-day visit of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II. The Prince was accompanied by his bride-to-be, South African Charlene Wittstock. The couple were greeted by President Mary and Mr. McAleese and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen. Some … Continue reading

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Ice Princess: Alexandra of Hannover Scores Silver (Again)

  March 9, 2011 at 3:56 am by

On Saturday, March 5, Princess Alexandra of Hannover joined about 80 other Monegasque kids for the 10th edition of the Figure Skating Championships on the Principality’s frozen-over Quai d’Albert. The younger daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, and fifth in line to the Monegasque throne, is now 11 years old. She has been doing competitive figure skating for at least the past year. At the 9th edition of the Championships, … Continue reading

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Charlene Wittstock’s Visit to South Africa

  February 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm by

Charlene Wittstock is not even married, not even Serene Highness, yet as Prince Albert’s fiancee, set to become the Princess Consort of Monaco in less than five months’ time, she is already in the swing of her first solo diplomatic mission. Granted, the tour she has undertaken is of her homeland, South Africa. The princess-in-training is actually a native of Bulawayo, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) but her family relocated to the … Continue reading

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Caroline attends International Feline Show

  February 6, 2011 at 5:44 am by

Princess Caroline of Monaco paid homage to the revered print of the leopard “big cat” last Sunday. Her Royal Highness wore a leopard print dress she bought off the rack from Zara. Her choice of attire was her way of paying quirky homage to the 4th edition of Monaco’s International Feline Show. The exposition began Saturday in the Rainier III Auditorium. The Princess awarded the Bastet Trophy to a striking … Continue reading

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Monaco’s Princely Family Ends the Month on High Notes of Religion, Sport & Fashion

  January 30, 2011 at 6:00 am by

The Monegasque people are busy this week with the feast days of their patron saint, Saint Devote, which is celebrated over two days in the last week of January. There is also the circus happening, and that ends on the same day of the feast. Last week, we can imagine that the tiny principality was amok with the roaring of car engines and the smell of burning rubber — the … Continue reading

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Charlene Joins the Circus; Caroline Raises Funds for Burundi Orphans

  January 26, 2011 at 4:07 am by

Charlene Wittstock, Monaco’s soon-to-be Princess Consort, accompanied her fiance, the Sovereign Prince Albert II, today to the Big Tent in Fontvieille for the awards ceremony of the 35th edition International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo. Grimaldi cousins Keith Sebastian Knecht and Laetitia de Massy Brouwer sat behind Prince Albert, Charlene, Princess Stephanie and Miss Pauline Ducruet. As over the weekend, the color black, with the one exception being the blue Scarf … Continue reading

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Circus de Monaco: 35 Years and Still Going Strong

  January 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm by

Elephants, horses, camels, and tigers! Oh no! Once again, Monaco is overrun by animals, acrobats, and clowns. Saturday afternoon, there was the parade of the circus animals from the Big Tent in Fontvieille, winding its way through the streets and around the Rock, and ending at the Palace, where the acts began! Besides the five animal acts, there was the high-wire act by the Weishet troupe. This ritual of the … Continue reading

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The Nonagenarian Princess of Monaco: Her Travails and Her Legacy

  January 19, 2011 at 5:00 am by

Princess Antoinette of Monaco, the Baroness de Massy, has reached her nonagenarian age. As of December 28, 2010 she is 90 years old. It is now more than five years since the death of her only sibling, the sovereign Prince Rainier III. Princess Antoinette was married three times and all three husbands — respectively, a tennis ace, a politician, and a ballet dancer — have passed away. The Princess had … Continue reading

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Prince Albert rides on a camel to see the Pyramids of Giza

  January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm by

His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco has never been one to shirk a physical challenge! As he proceeds into what will be his 53rd year of life, and the fifth year of his reign, he chose to do so not on the soles of his Italian shoes or behind the wheel of his hybrid car, but rather on the hump of a camel! It is true! The … Continue reading

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United Family of Monaco Evokes the Christmas Spirit

  December 19, 2010 at 7:54 am by

It must have been a bit nippy in Monaco on Wednesday, 15 December. Imagine it! In the middle of December, the ladies of the Principality had to wear long sleeves! Princess Caroline wore a beautiful green wool jacket by her favorite designer (do we really need to name him?). She pinned a Christmas tree brooch on the jacket. Princess Stephanie opted for a black peacoat, the exact color of her … Continue reading

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