Caroline, Princess of Hanover
The charismatic, confident, and capable Caroline seems to have all the qualities which are required in a Princess. Although she has a busy social life and a big family to take care of, Caroline smoothly manages to find equilibrium between these. As a princess, she has shouldered massive responsibilities and has never disappointed her people or the Royal family. She is a descendant of the ‘House of Grimaldi’, which has a history of reign over Monaco. While this lady still continues the traditional duties of a princess, her brother Prince Albert II, is the head of the state. This Royal Lady is highly active and adventurous and enjoys skiing, horse riding as well as swimming. As quoted by her mother, she and her sister both were good in studies as well as sports. This Princess of Hanover has experienced much upheaval in her personal life but she has had enough courage and rationality to overcome those setbacks. She is seen to have a practical approach towards life, and is said to face all kinds of situations boldly. An integral part of the Princess of Monaco’s personality is her philanthropic side. She has been actively involved in charitable works, and associated with organizations such as ‘UNESCO’ and ‘UNICEF’. She is even credited with founding many charitable organizations
Childhood & Early Life
On 23rd January 1957, Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco and former American actress, Grace Kelly, were blessed with their first child. She was born in the Prince’s Palace, Monaco, and was named Caroline Louise Marguerite.
The Princess has two siblings named Prince Albert and Princess Stéphanie. Until the birth of her brother, Caroline was entitled to inherit the throne.
This Monaco royal received her education at the ‘St. Mary's School’ located in Ascot. Later in 1974, she got the ‘French baccalauréat’ with honours.
She later joined the ‘Sorbonne University’, and completed a diploma in philosophy, as well as minors in psychology and biology.
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This Princess was appointed the President of the ‘Monegasque Committee’ for the ‘International Year of the Child’ in 1979, by her father, Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco.
She founded ‘Jeune J'écoute’ (Young I Hear) in 1981, which is an association intended to help students by providing them support.
In 1982, after the death of her mother, she assumed the position of ‘de facto first lady’ of her state.
She is associated with many organizations such as the ‘World Association of Children's Friends’ (AMADE), ‘Princess Grace Foundation’, ‘Prince Pierre Foundation’, ‘Peter Le Marchant Trust’ and ‘UNICEF’.
She also supports associations such as the ‘International School of Paris’, ‘Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra’, ‘Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco’, ‘Monte Carlo Garden Club’ and ‘The Spring Arts Festival’.
Princess Caroline also founded the classical ballet establishment ‘Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’ in 1985, to fulfil her mother’s wish.
She often graces significant social occasions in Monaco like the ‘National Day’ Celebrations, the annually held ‘Rose Ball’, ‘Red Cross Ball’ and the ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ Formula One events with her presence.
In 2007, this Princess of Hanover went to the South African Republic to meet the former president of the country.
During the period 1982-2011, this princess held the position of ‘de facto first lady’ of Monaco, after her mother deceased, and accomplished her duties flawlessly. She retained the position till the time her brother got married, and the family found a successor in Charlene Winstock.
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Awards & Achievements
This Monaco royal had been honoured as the ‘Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saint-Charles’, by her country.
On 30thApril, 1996, this Princess of Hanover received the ‘HM King Carl XVI Gustaf 50th Anniversary Medal’ from Sweden.
She was chosen the ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ of ‘UNESCO’ on 2nd December, 2003, and two years later, she was made the Commander of the ‘Order of Cultural Merit’, by Monaco.
On 29th May 2006, Caroline was felicitated with the ‘Children’s Champion Award’ by ‘UNICEF’.
The Princess was revered by the ‘World Association of Children's Friends’ (AMADE) in 2011 for her endless support towards the organization.
She was honoured with the title of the Commander of the ‘Order of Agricultural Merit’ by France On 3rd July 2014.
Personal Life & Legacy
In June 1978, this princess married Philippe Junot who belonged to Paris, and was a banker by profession. However, their marriage was short-lived, and they separated after two years of their marriage. Princess Caroline did not have any children with her first husband.
On 29th December 1983, she married Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian socialite. The couple was blessed with three children Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi and Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi. However, these children were not approved to be legitimate by the Roman Catholic Church of Monaco, and were not allowed to succeed the throne of Monaco, because the princess’ first marriage was not declared void by then.
In 1990, the princess lost her husband Stefano Casiraghi in a tragic accident, while he was racing in a boat. After this incident, the princess shifted with her family to France, and settled in their residence located at Saint-Remy.
On 23rd January 1999, Princess Caroline married the Duke of Brunswick, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, and the same year they were blessed with a daughter, Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover, who was named after her godmothers.
This Princess of Monaco is speculated to have a net worth of around $100 million dollars.
The princess is regarded as a style icon, and the ‘National Museum’ of Monaco staged an exhibition dedicated to this member of the royal family