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Albert II, Prince of Monaco


Albert II, Prince of Monaco (Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi; born March 14, 1958), styled His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, is the head of the House of Grimaldi and the current ruler of the Principality of Monaco.
He is the second child, and only son, of Rainier III and his American wife, the film star Grace Kelly, and became the reigning prince following his father's death on April 6, 2005. Prior to that, he had been the heir apparent, carrying the titles of HSH the Hereditary Prince of Monaco and Marquis of Baux; after his father became increasingly ill in early 2005, he was appointed regent, in which capacity he served for a week during the last days of his father's life.



Early life


Born in Monaco, Albert attended the Albert I High School, graduating with distinction in 1976. He spent a year training in various princely duties, and enrolled at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1977 as Albert Grimaldi, studying political science, economics, music, and English literature, and also joined Chi Psi fraternity. He spent the summer of 1979 touring Europe and the Middle East with the Amherst Glee Club and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

During school, Albert was an enthusiastic athlete, participating in cross country, javelin, handball, judo, swimming, tennis, rowing, sailing, skiing, squash and fencing. He is a patron of Monaco's football teams. He competed in the bobsled at the 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985. The press reported the prince refused any special treatment during his Olympic stints, and lived in the same bare-bones quarters as all the other athletes.
On 25 October 2002, Albert visited Miami, Florida for a World Olympians Associationfund-raiser at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The group's mission was to have the 100,000 Olympians get involved with their communities and talk to young athletes about dedication and training.



Regency


On March 7, 2005, Rainier was admitted to a hospital in the principality and on March 22 he was moved to intensive care. The Prince was being treated for breathing, kidney, and heart trouble. On March 31, 2005, the Palace of Monaco announced that Prince Albert would take over the duties of his father as Regent since Rainier was no longer able to exercise his royal functions. The 47-year-old prince spent his first day as regent of Monaco caring for his critically ill 81-year-old father, who was Europe’s longest-serving living monarch.
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On April 6, 2005, Hereditary Prince Albert became Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, upon the death of Prince Rainier III.
The first part of Prince Albert II's enthroning as ruler of the Principality of Monaco was on July 12, 2005, after the end of the three-month mourning period for his father. A morning Mass at Saint Nicholas Cathedral led by the archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Bernard Barsi, formally marked the beginning of his reign. After the mass, Prince Albert II returned to the royal palace to host a garden party for 7,000 Monegasques born in the principality. In the courtyard of the royal palace, the Prince was presented with two keys of the city as a symbol of his investiture. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display on the waterfront.
The second part of his coronation was on November 19, 2005. Albert was enthroned at Saint Nicholas Cathedral. His family was there in attendance, including his elder sister (and now heir) Princess Caroline with her husband Ernst of Hannover and three of her four children, Andrea, Pierre and Charlotte; as well as his younger sister Princess Stéphanie and his paternal aunt Princess Antoinette. Royalty from 16 delegations was present, and there were big festivities in the country. The evening ended with an opera performance in Monte-Carlo.


Albert's reign
Albert continues the policy, initiated by previous rulers of the statelet, of using his position to draw the world's attention to the need to protect the (marine) environment. Just like his great-great-grandfather Albert I he traveled to Spitsbergen in July 2005. During this trip he visited the glaciers "Lillihöök" and "Monaco". Prince Albert II also engaged in an Arctic expedition, reaching the North Pole on Easter, 16 April 2006.


Controversy


Bachelorhood

Over the years, there has been much discussion of the prince's continued bachelor status. Though he has received much press attention for dating well-known fashion models and actresses, including Angie Everhart and Claudia Schiffer, as well as Victoria Zdrok (who has been both a Playboy Playmate and a Penthouse Pet), his apparent disinclination to marry gave rise to rumors that he is gay, and merely engaged in superficial, sham dating. Prince Albert has consistently denied this suggestion, most notably in a 1994 interview published in the French magazine Madame Figaro. "At first it was amusing," he said, "but it becomes very irritating in the long term to hear people say that I am homosexual."
These rumors would be put to rest by 2005 with a paternity claim against Albert that was backed up by DNA tests.
In October 2005, German magazine Buntereports that Prince Albert is dating Telma Ortiz, a sister-in-law of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe. However, in November, 2005 the Prince has instructed his lawyer, Thierry Lacoste to commence legal proceedings against French newspaper France Dimanche for violation of privacy and false information regarding the story.
On February 10, 2006, at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Prince Albert was accompanied by former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.

Paternity suits


In 1992, a California woman, Tamara J. Rotolo, filed a paternity suit against the prince, claiming that he was the father of her illegitimate daughter, whom she named Jazmin Grace Grimaldi. However, the case, which went to trial in 1993, eventually was dismissed by Superior Court Judge Graham Anderson Cribbs, who claimed that there was "insufficient contact between Albert and the state of California to justify hearing a suit there" (Evening Standard, March 24,1993, page 20), agreeing with an assertion by the prince's lawyer, Stanley Arkin, that the California court had no jurisdiction. In court papers, Prince Albert admitted that he had been with Tamara Rotolo in Monaco on "a couple of occasions" in July 1991. (The child had been born approximately nine months later, on March 4, 1992.) As reported by a local newspaper covering the case, "Arkin asserted that the Riverside County court had no jurisdiction in the case since the romantic encounter supposedly occurred in Monaco and Albert has had no contacts with California that relate to the issues in the suit." Prince Albert has not agreed to Rotolo's request that he take a paternity test.
An earlier paternity suit, brought by Bea Fiedler, a German topless model whom the Daily Telegraph described as a "sex-film star", reportedly also was dismissed. A blood test, which was refused by the judge, did not prove that the prince was not the father of Fiedler's son, Daniel

Illegitimate son


In May 2005, Nicole Coste, a former Air France flight attendant from Togo, claimed that her youngest son, Alexandre[ is Prince Albert's son, proven by DNA tests conducted by technicians working on orders from the Monegasque government. She further claimed the prince had signed a notarized certificate confirming paternity but that she had not received a copy of it. The French weekly Paris Match published a ten-page interview with Coste and included photographs of the prince holding and feeding Alexandre. Coste also told Paris Match that she is presently living in the prince's Paris apartment, has been receiving an allowance from him while pretending to be the girlfriend of one of his friends in order to maintain privacy. She also said that the prince had last seen Alexandre in February 2005. A spokesman for Prince Albert had no comment, though upon news of Coste's claims, the prince's lawyer, Thierry Lacoste, announced that "A judicial strategy will be determined within the next few days."
In mid May 2005, Lacoste announced that as a result of the international publicity over the revelations of the prince's son, Prince Albert is suing the Daily Mail, Bunte, and Paris Match for delving too deeply into his private life.
On July 6, 2005, a few days before he was enthroned on July 12, Albert II officially confirmed via his lawyer Thierry Lacoste that 22 month-old Alexandre Coste is his son.


Succession issues


As Prince Albert has yet to marry, his lack of legitimate issue became a matter of public and political concern, due to the possibility that there might be no successors to the throne upon his death. Monaco's constitution specifies that only "direct and legitimate" descendants can assume the throne. Albert's illegitimate son, Alexandre, could be legitimated via legislation or if Albert marries the boy's mother, however, he has so far refused to do either. On April 2, 2002 Monaco passed Princely Law 1.249 which provides that if a reigning prince dies without surviving legitimate issue, the throne would pass to his siblings and their descendants under the rule of male-preference primogeniture. Before this change, the crown could pass to a direct male descendant of the reigning prince only, making Albert's sisters ineligible. This change made the extinction of the Grimaldi dynasty less likely. (This did not arise in Rainier's case, as he succeeded his maternal grandfather, not an uncle.)
Caroline, Princess of Hanover, follows Albert as heiress presumptive in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. Though she is only the heiress-presumptive and not heiress-apparent, in the constitution, the title Hereditary Prince or Princess is not reserved for heirs-apparent. Thus, Caroline is Hereditary Princess, and her son, Andrea, is currently second in line to the throne.



Titles


Albert has held two positions from birth:
  • His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux (1958-2005)
  • His Most Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco (2005-)
As Prince, his official shortened title is His Most Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; this does not include the many other styles claimed by the Grimaldi family (see Sovereign Prince of Monaco for a complete list of titles).



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Alexandre Coste

Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste (born August 24, 2003 in Paris) is the son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and his former lover, Nicole Coste, a native of Togo in west Africa.
He was born Éric Alexandre Stéphane Tossoukpé. His mother changed her and his surname to Coste and the order of his name to Alexandre Éric Stéphane on 10 November 2004. He has two older half-brothers who live with their father, Nicole's ex-husband, in South America.
On 6 July 2005, six days before he was enthroned on 12 July, Albert officially confirmed, via his lawyer Thierry Lacoste, his paternity of Alexandre.
Alexandre is not in the line of succession as he is considered illegitimate. Monaco law specifies only "direct and legitimate" descendants can assume the throne. Under the current constitution of Monaco, Alexandre can only become legitimized by his father Albert marrying his mother Nicole. However, Albert could change the constitution and thus legitimize him through legislation. If he were legitimized, as the oldest son of Albert, Alexandre would become the heir apparent. He would also be put first in the line of succession and have the title of Hereditary Prince Alexandre. He would also be given the last name Grimaldi.
On 26 October 2005, Albert gave an interview to USA television personality Larry King in which he said his son would not be in line for the Monegasque throne nor would he ever bear the Grimaldi name. Alexandre will, however, have inheritance rights to the Grimaldi family fortune and his father's estate under French law.
Should Albert never marry or not have any legitimate issue, Alexandre remains an option if Albert would want to preclude the accession of his nephew, Andrea Casiraghi through his sister Caroline of Hanover. In the King interview, Albert said he would "review the situation" should it occur.




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Wow, THANKS tbhrc! Your posts this morning made for a very enjoyable read. As I read, I kept thinking how colorful the lives of the ancestors were. So many great stories and movies could be written from their lives. I also noticed the significant roles the women played in fostering the paths Monaco took. These woman were strong, opinionated, and in many instances seemed intellectually and independently far beyond their years. I also found it fascinating how many different nationalities are intertwined in Monaco's royal ancestors.

Question: Does anyone know what became of Princess Antoinette's (born 1920) three children?
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Princess Stéphanie of Monaco



Princess Stéphanie (Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi, born February 1, 1965 in the Palais Princier, Monaco) is the youngest child of Grace Kelly and Rainier III of Monaco. Formerly Mme. Daniel Ducruet, formerly Mme. Adans Perez-Lopez and (rumored) formerly Mme. Mathieu Snaet she has been a sometime singer, swimwear designer, fashion model, and circus performer — her mother lovingly called the princess her "wild child" — she is the sister of Albert II of Monaco and Princess Caroline.
She was the passenger in the car at the time of the accident that killed her mother on September 13, 1982. Rumours persist to this day that Stéphanie was driving. Due to being hospitalized with injuries sustained in the crash, she was unable to attend Grace's funeral.
Long the enfant terrible of European royalty, her affairs and antics were reported to have driven Rainier to despair. At 16, she began an affair with Paul Belmondo, son of French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo, and two years her senior. Over the years she was reportedly engaged to actor Rob Lowe, music producer Ron Bloom, convicted drug addict Mario Oliver, and Jean Yves Lefur. Notorious for her penchant for romancing her servants, in 1991 she became pregnant by her bodyguard Daniel Ducruet. She gave birth to their son, Louis, on November 26, 1992, and daughter, Pauline, on May 4, 1994. She married Ducruet on July 1, 1995, but divorced him in 1996 after the publication of photographs of him cavorting poolside with Muriel ("Fili") Houteman, the reigning "Miss Nude Belgium" (some sources say "Miss Topless Belgium"). Stéphanie then had another child, Camille, born on July 15, 1998, who was allegedly fathered by Jean Raymond Gottlieb, another of her bodyguards.This has never been publicly confirmed or refuted and the princess has refused to put the father's name on the birth certificate.
Though they were born out of wedlock, Louis and Pauline are in line to the throne of Monaco because they were legitimated when their mother married Ducruet; Monegasque law recognizes such children as dynastic. Camille, however, is not recognized as dynastic and will have no claim to the throne unless Stéphanie marries Gottlieb, or she is legitimated by legislation.
Stéphanie retreated to the French ski resort of Auron and had an affair with Corsican bartender Pierre Pinelli. She also made headlines in 2002 when she lived with married elephant tamer Franco Knie in a trailer and traveled throughout Europe with his circus act. She later became involved with her father's butler, Richard Lucas, a married father of two, before turning her attentions to a palace gardener.
On September 12, 2003, she married Adans Lopez Peres, a Portuguese trapeeze artist 10 years her junior. He is a fifth-generation performer, the eldest son of an acrobat-clown and a classically trained flamenco dancer. Lopez Peres is one half of the Peres Brothers, a circus act with his younger brother, Ivan. Rumours that she married the acrobat because she was pregnant with his child turned out to be false.
On July 22, 2004, Germany's illustrated Bild newspaper reported that Stéphanie split from Peres, has contacted lawyers to obtain a divorce, and is seeing Ducruet again. However, that fall, Hello! magazine published photographs of the princess with a man the magazine identified as her new boyfriend, Franck Brasseur, a married croupier who also is a member of the Monaco national soccer team.
Her relationship with a 27 year old beach bar waiter named Mathieu Snaet has probably already ended.



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Louis Ducruet


Louis Robert Paul Ducruet was born in Monaco on 26 November 1992, the son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet, a former Palace bodyguard.
His parents were subsequently married in a civil ceremony on July 1, 1995.
He has a sister Pauline born 1994, a half-brother Michaël from a relationship his father previously had with Martine Malbouvier, and a half-sister Camille as a result of his mother's relationship with Jean Raymond Gottlieb.
In 2005 he participates together with his sister and father to the French reality TV show La Ferme Célébrités.
Although he holds no title, he is a grandson of Prince Rainier III and is currently 7th in the line of succession to the Monegasque Throne.
Louis is a huge fan of soccer, he supports his hometeam AS Monaco FC with great enthusiasm. He speaks French and English fluently. He also knows Monaco's local dialect the ' langue monegasque' as well as a little german and italian.



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Pauline Ducruet


Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet is the daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet and was born on 4 May 1994.
Her parents subsequently married on July 1, 1995.
She has an older brother Louis and two half-siblings from her parents' other relationships, half-brother Michaël from a relationship his father previously had with Martine Malbouvier, and half-sister Camille as a result of his mother's relationship with Jean Raymond Gottlieb.
In 2005 she participates together with her brother and father to the French reality TV show La Ferme Célébrités.
Although she holds no title, she is a grand-daughter of Prince Rainier and is currently 8th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.
Pauline is a very talented gymnast. Besides participating in a local gym team of Monaco she already performed at the Swiss National Circus Knie at the age of 7. She speaks French and English fluently and also knows Monaco's local dialect the 'langue monegasque' as well as a little german and italian.



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Camille Gottlieb


Camille Marie Kelly (born July 15, 1998) is the third child of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. She was born in 1998, to Princess Stéphanie and, allegedly, her former bodyguard Jean Raymond Gottlieb. Her paternity has never been publicly confirmed by the Palace or the Princess nor have they denied that Gottlieb is her father.
She has two half-siblings, half-sister Pauline, and half-brother Louis, both from Stéphanie's marriage to Daniel Ducruet.
Because she was born out of wedlock, and has not been subsequently legitimized by any marriage between her parents (as in the case of the Ducruet siblings), Camille is not in the line of succession to the Monegasque Throne.
Her maternal grandparents were the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Princess Grace of Monaco (formerly Grace Patricia Kelly, an American film star).



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Good work Tbhrc for anyone interested here is some links to Louis's mother geneology and the Royal lineage.

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Wow, THANKS tbhrc! Your posts this morning made for a very enjoyable read. As I read, I kept thinking how colorful the lives of the ancestors were. So many great stories and movies could be written from their lives. I also noticed the significant roles the women played in fostering the paths Monaco took. These woman were strong, opinionated, and in many instances seemed intellectually and independently far beyond their years. I also found it fascinating how many different nationalities are intertwined in Monaco's royal ancestors.

Question: Does anyone know what became of Princess Antoinette's (born 1920) three children?
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Some more info about Princess Antoinette's children from Answer's.com:

Baron Christian de Massy, eldest son of Princess Antoinette and nephew of Prince Rainer III


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His children:
  • Baron Brice de Massy, eldest son of Baron Christian de Massy
  • Baron Antoine de Massy, younger son of Baron Christian de Massy
  • Baroness Laetizia de Massy, daughter of Baron Christian de Massy
Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, daughter of Princess Antoinette and niece of Prince Rainer III


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Her children:
  • Jean-Léonard Taubert Natta, son of Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy
  • Mélanie de Lusignan, daughter of Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy
  • Keith Sebastian Knecht, son of the late Baroness Christine de Massy
A little more about Elisabeth-Anne:

Elisabeth-Anne, Baroness de Massy was born on 13th January 1947 to Princess Antoinette of Monaco and her lover Aleco Noghes. She is a first cousin of the reigning Prince Albert II and niece of Rainier III. She is the godmother of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
She was the eldest of three siblings; the others were Christian Louis (born 1949) and Christine Alix (1951–1989).
She was married to Bernard Taubert-Natta, a Swiss Baron in 1974 and has one son Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta. Her second marriage to Nicolai de Lusignan produced a daughter Melanie in 1985.
She is well known for her charity work in Monaco.
She lost her place in the line of succession to the Monegasque Throne with the death of Rainier III.
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Some trivia about Prince Rainier from IMDb:

- Succeeded his grandfather, Prince Louis II. Rainier's mother, Princess Charlotte, renounced her rights to succession so that he could come to the throne. [9 May 1949]

- Had his look-alike puppet in the French show "Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988).

- Monegasque by nationality but is French, Italian, and Scottish by genealogy.

- At the time of his death he was the world's second-longest reigning monarch.

- Drew up Monaco's latest constitution (1962), significantly reducing the power of the sovereign, ending autocratic rule, and placing power with the prince and a National Council of eighteen elected members.

- Served as a Second Lieutenant in the French army. His courage during the German counter-offensive in Alsace earned him the Croix de Guerre, the Bronze Star and the rank of Chevalier in the Legion of Honor. Although his grandfather, Prince Louis II, fought for the French during World War I, he supported the Nazi-installed Vichy government of his old army colleague, Marshall Petain, and did little when Italy invaded and occupied Monaco, setting up a fascist government. Louis's vacillation caused an enormous rift with Rainier.

- Died three days after the death of Pope John Paul II, the ruler of the world's smallest independent nation, the Vatican City. Monaco is the second smallest independent nation in the world.

- Underwent brain surgery after suffering an aneurysm in December 1999.

- Had a tumor removed from his lung on February 2nd 2000.

- Is portrayed by Ian McShane in Grace Kelly (1983) (TV)
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Some trivia about Princess Grace from IMDb:

- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#5). [1995]

- Ranked #51 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

- Hoped to return to acting in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964), but the people of Monaco didn't want their princess playing a thief and romancing Sean Connery.

- Has three children with Prince Rainier of Monaco: Princess Caroline of Monaco (1957), Prince Albert of Monaco (1958) and Princess Stephanie of Monaco (1966).

- Her movies were banned in Monaco by order of Prince Rainier of Monaco.

- The inscription at her burial site in Monaco's cathedral does not refer to her as a princess. It uses the title "uxor principis" (prince's wife), which is traditional in the House of Grimaldi.

- Interred at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Monaco-ville, Monaco.

- Assisted in the pre-production status of Grace Kelly (1983) (TV) starring Cheryl Ladd as Grace Kelly.

- Actress Rita Gam was among her bridesmaids.

- Born at 5:31 AM EST.

- In 1993, the USA and Monaco simultaneously released a commemorative postage stamp honoring her. However, USA federal law forbids postage stamps depicting foreign heads of state, so the USA stamp listed her as "Grace Kelly", while the Monaco stamp listed her as "Princess Grace".

- Part of Prince Rainier of Monaco's attraction to marrying a movie star was to increase tourism in his tiny, cash-poor principality, and the Kelly family was turned off by his demands that a substantial dowry accompany Grace to Monaco. A figure of $2,000,000 was finally agreed upon, which was diverted from Grace's inheritance so that her brother and two sisters wouldn't be shortchanged.

- Kelly's wedding gown was the most expensive garment that MGM designer Helen Rose had ever made. It used twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and one hundred yards of silk net. Its 125-year-old rose point lace was purchased from a museum and thousants of tiny pearls were sewn on the veil.

- Was considered for the role of Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) that was eventually played by Elizabeth Taylor.

- The so-called "wealthy" family Grace was born into was actually an immigrant family of bricklayers who had barely a generation of new-found business success. Grace's father and brother were both Olympic gold-medal scullers. Grace's cousin, former US Secy of Navy John Lehman, Jr. now chairs the Princess Grace Foundation, which supports young performing talent.

- Attended and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York.

- The Country Girl (1954), the film that won Kelly an Oscar, was first offered to Jennifer Jones, who had to turn it down due to pregnancy.

- When she left Hollywood, several roles she was slated to play were eventually filled by Lauren Bacall (Designing Woman (1957) and The Cobweb (1955)). Director George Stevensalso wanted her for Giant (1956).

- Niece of playwright George Kelly.

- Measurements: 34-24-35 (1955 pin-up), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

- Irish/German. Father Jack Kelly was the son of Irish immigrants. Mother Margaret Major was German.

- On January 1959 the Austrian government awarded her a medal of merit for aid to Hungarian refugees escaping Russian invasion, given through Monaco's Red Cross.

- She was one of many famous tenants of the Barbizon Hotel for Women when she lived in New York. Other tenants included Candice Bergen, Liza Minnelli, Cloris Leachman, Ali MacGraw, and Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale.

- She was voted the 27th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

- Referenced in the songs "Grace Kelly", by Die Ärzte; "Grace Kelly Blues" by Eels (Mark Everett); and "Grace Kelly with Wings" by Piebald.

- The very first actress to appear on a postage stamp, in 1993.

- Hedda Hopper reported that Judy Garland's loss of the Academy Award to Grace for The Country Girl (1954) was the result of the closest Oscar vote up till that time that didn't end in a tie, with just six votes separating the two. In any event, it was a heartbreak from which Judy Garland never really recovered and which has remained a matter of some controversy ever since.

- Summoned Sydney Guilaroff, the chief hairstylist at MGM Studios, to style her hair for her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.

- She was voted the 12th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.

- Was named #13 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends

- The road accident which led to her death was apparently caused by a stroke she suffered while driving.

- Was romantically involved with fashion designer Oleg Cassini.

- Is portrayed by Cheryl Ladd in Grace Kelly (1983) (TV)

- Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"

- Broke off her engagement to Oleg Cassini to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco

- Bought a silver frame as a wedding gift to Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981.
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Some trivia about Princess Caroline from IMDb:

- Daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.

- Sister of Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

- Children, with Prince Ernst August of Hannover, Princess Alexandra (b. 1999)

- Measurements: 33-25-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

- Nickname: La Bouche D'or

- Children with Stefano Casiraghi: Andrea Alberto Pierre (b. 8 June 1984), Charlotte Marie Pomeline (b. 3 August 1986), Pierre Rainer Stefano (b. 5 September 1987).

- When Grace Kelly was scanning the royal houses of Europe for a suitor for Caroline, her favorite candidate became Prince Ernst August von Hannover, whose impeccable breeding, Grace hoped, would be a stabilizing influence on her headstrong daughter. More than two decades - and two marriages - later, Caroline married him.

- Had a relationship with French actor Vincent Lindon.

- Her official royal title is "Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline, The Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick and Lüneburg, Royal Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, and by birth Princess of Monaco."

- After the death of her father, 'Prince Rainier of Monaco, on 6 April, 2005, her new title is "Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline, The Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick and Lüneburg, Royal Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, Marquise des Baux, and by birth Her Serene Highness the Hereditary Princess of Monaco." Along with her youngest daughter, HRH Princess Alexandra, she outranks her father, brother, and sister in the ranking of royalty since HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) ranks above HSH (His/Her Serene Highness).
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Some trivia about Prince Albert from IMDb:

- Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988).

- A member of the International Olympic Committee.

- During his stints in the Winter Olympics as Monaco bobsleigh athlete (1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002), Albert lived in the Olympic Village, just like the other athletes. He was the first and still only person to have been both athlete and Olympic committee member at the same time.

- In celebration of his birth, a 101-gun salute was fired, the day after (15 March 1958) was declared a national holiday, and his father, Prince Rainier, pardoned all six prisoners in Monaco's jail. Albert's birth ensured that control of Monaco would not pass to France after Rainier's death, as per the treaty the two countries signed in 1918.

- Was born with the title Marquis le Baux ("Marcher Lord of The Beams"). Les Baux ("The Beams") is a village in France once held by the Grimaldis. Although the French Revolution abolished the privileges, the now-honorary title is carried successively by Princes Héréditaires of the Principality of Monaco.

- Holds a brown belt in judo.

- Son of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.

- Brother of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

- Ascended the throne of Monaco on April 6, 2005, upon the death of his father, Prince Rainier of Monaco. He is now known as Prince Albert II of Monaco, 32nd ruler of Monaco. Official coronation date July 12, 2005.

- He is the 32nd ruler of Monaco, following the death of his father. [2005]

- Speaks French, Italian, English, German and Spanish.

- Confirmed via his lawyer he has a son with a former Air France stewardess, Éric Alexandre Stéphane Coste, born on 24 August 2003 in Paris. Monaco's constitution specifies that only "direct and legitimate" descendants can assume the throne. Éric could be legitimated via legislation or if Albert marries the boy's mother. (6 July 2005)
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Some trivia about Princess Stephanie from IMDb:

- Measurements: 34B-23-32 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

- A restless soul, the Princess has pursued short-lived careers as a model, pop singer and fashion designer.

- Children, with Ducruet: Louis (b. 26 November 1992) and Pauline Grace (b. 4 May 1994)

- Daughter Camille Marie Kelly (b. 15 July 1998) by Jean Raymond Gottlieb, a royal bodyguard.

- Her children, Louis and Pauline Ducruet are in line to the throne of Monaco because they were legitimated when she married their father, and Monegasque law recognises such children as dynastic. However, unless she marries Jean Raymond Gottlieb or their daughter, Camille, is legitimated by legislation, she is not recognised as dynastic and has no claim to the throne.

- Sister of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Albert of Monaco.

- Daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.

- She got a quick divorce from her husband, Daniel Ducruet, after the publication of explicit photographs showing him with another woman. [October 1996]

- Her song "Irresistible" reached #2 in Germany`s Top 100 single charts (1986).
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The articles about Albert, Caroline and Eric Alexandre have changes in them.

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The articles about Albert, Caroline and Eric Alexandre have changes in them.

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Thanks for the info Suonymona, I have updated those articles.
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