Princess Caroline of Monaco


Born: 23 January 1957
Birthplace: Monaco
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The oldest daughter of Monaco's Princess Grace

Princess Caroline is the eldest child of Monaco's Prince Rainier and his wife Princess Grace, and the sister to Monaco's current head of state, Prince Albert. Caroline inherited her mother's movie-star beauty and early on became a favorite with the European society press. She served as the ceremonial (if unofficial) first lady of Monaco after her mother's untimely death in 1982. Princess Caroline's first husband was French banker and playboy Philippe Junot; they were married in 1978 and divorced in 1980. She then was married to Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi from 1983 until his death in a power-boat racing accident in 1990. In 1999 she married Prince Ernst August of Hanover; their daughter, Alexandra, was born later that year. Her sister Stephanie (b. 1965) is also a favorite of the celebrity press.

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Princess Caroline had three children with Stefano Casiraghi: Andrea (b. 1984), Charlotte (b. 1986) and Pierre (b. 1987)... As the eldest male child, Princess Caroline's brother Albert was heir to Prince Rainier and himself became head of state. However, Monaco's constitution was changed in 2002 so that if Albert dies without children, the throne will pass to Caroline and then on to her children with Casiraghi.

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