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Caroline of Monaco: all news and scoops!

  • Real name: Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi
  • Sign : Aquarius
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, January 23, 1957 (age: 63 years old)
  • Country : Monaco

Caroline, Louise, Marguerite de Monaco was born on January 23rd, 1957 in the princely palace of Monaco. First child of Rainier de Monaco and Grace Kelly, the birth of the Crown Princess is greeted by twenty-one cannon shots. Her brother, Albert, was born the following year and became the Crown Prince. In 1965, the siblings expanded with the birth of Princess Stéphanie. As a child, Caroline practiced classical dance assiduously and joined the Guides and Scouts of Monaco.

After attending a boarding school for young girls in England, she obtained her baccalaureate in 1974. After graduating from the Sorbonne, she obtained a degree in philosophy and then joined the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. In 1979, Prince Rainier appointed her President of the Monegasque National Committee for the International Year of the Child. The Princess then devoted herself to young people in distress and founded the association Jeune, J’écoute in 1981.

In September 1982, Princess Grace died in a car accident. The eldest of the family, Princess Caroline took over her mother’s charitable and cultural works. In December of the same year, she was appointed President of the Garden Club of Monaco, President of the Organizing Committee of the Monte-Carlo Arts Festival and President of the Princess Grace Foundation. At the same time, she modernized some of the events that punctuate the life of the Rock, such as the Rose Ball. In 1985, the Princess paid homage to her mother with the creation of the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo. In 1993, she became President of the World Association of Children’s Friends (AMADE) founded by her mother in 1963.

A committed princess, UNESCO appointed her as a Goodwill Ambassador in 2003, in recognition of her action in favor of child protection.

Caroline of Monaco is third in the order of succession to the throne since the birth of her nephew and niece, Jacques and Gabriella of Monaco in December 2014.

On January 21, 2016, Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture, will present the insignia of Commander of Arts and Letters to Princess Caroline.

On the private side, in June 1978, Caroline of Monaco married Philippe Junot, who was seventeen years older than her. But the couple divorced in October 1980. At the request of the Princess and following a long procedure, Pope John Paul II pronounced the nullity of the religious marriage in July 1992. Caroline of Monaco finds love again on the arm of Stefano Casiraghi, a young Italian businessman, and their civil marriage is celebrated on December 29, 1983. From their union are born three children; Andrea (born the 08/06/1984), Charlotte (born the 03/08/1986) and Pierre (born the 05/09/1987). On October 3, 1990, Stefano died in an offshore accident off Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Caroline of Monaco marries Prince Ernst August of Hanover on January 23, 1999 and receives the title of Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick and Lüneburg. A few months later, on July 20, little Alexandra of Hanover is born from this union.

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