Birthday: August 3, 1986
Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Leo
Also Known As: Charlotte of Monaco, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi
Born Country: Monaco
Born in: Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Famous as: Editor-at-large, Equestrian Sports Ambassador
Height: 1.70 m
Spouse/Ex-: Dimitri Rassam (m. 2019)
father: Stefano Casiraghi
mother: Caroline, Princess of Hanover
siblings: Andrea Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Prince Christian of Hanover, Princess Alexandra of Hanover
children: Balthazar Rassam, Raphaël Elmaleh
Partner: Gad Elmaleh (2011–2015)
Charlotte Casiraghi, also known as Charlotte of Monaco, is the eleventh in line to the throne of Monaco, in accordance with ‘Princely Law 1.249’ of the Principality of Monaco. She, like a number of her contemporary members of European royalty, with overlapping family trees, is a darling of the paparazzi and fashion reporters. Her conventional good looks and sense of style, reminiscent of her mother, Caroline, and her maternal grandmother, yesteryear Hollywood siren Grace Kelly, only adds fuel to the fire. Her mother is herself an heir presumptive to the throne of Monaco for over a decade and the honorific Princess of Hanover and Duchess of Brunswick & Lüneburg through her third marriage. Besides being a much-photographed blue-blooded beauty, Casiraghi is also an ambassador and a patron of several causes, institutions, and brands. She is an accomplished equestrian, philosophy enthusiast, journalist, and environmental activist. She has also experimented with gender-fluid modeling. She was recently in the news for her royal wedding at the ‘Prince's Palace of Monaco’ (civil marriage) and in southern France (religious marriage).
Childhood & Royal Heritage
Born Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, on August 3, 1986, in the Mediterranean Principality of Monaco, she is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her famous Italian speedboat racer and industrialist husband, Stefano Casiraghi.
Her royal lineage comes from her mother’s side, her maternal grandfather being Prince Rainier III of Monaco, one of the longest-ruling monarchs in European history. He married American actor Grace Kelly, who became the princess consort of Monaco and then Casiraghi’s grandmother.
Casiraghi was christened according to Roman Catholic traditions, on September 20, 1986, and named after her paternal great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, the mother of Rainier III.
She has two brothers, Andrea and Pierre. After her father was killed in an infamous offshore powerboat racing accident on October 3, 1990, Caroline moved the kids to the Midi village in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, to shield them from the media. Casiraghi was only 4 back then.
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Early Life & Education
She was sent to ‘Les Dames de Saint Maur,’ part of the Catholic schools of ‘François d'assisi Nicolas Barré’ of Monaco, from ages 2 to 6. Once old enough for primary education, she was shifted to the state school system at ‘École de la République,’ Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
At 11, her grandfather, Rainier III, made Casiraghi a delegate at the ‘Club des Habits Rouges,’ an equestrian organization, and also designated her as the patron of the ‘Public Safety Division’ of the ‘Maritime and Airport Police of Monaco.’
When Caroline married into the ‘Royal House of Hanover’ in January 1999, Casiraghi and her siblings gained two stepbrothers, Prince Ernst and Prince Christian of Hanover. Later that year, she also gained a half-sister, Princess Alexandra of Hanover. Casiraghi’s stepfather, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, is also the male heir to King George III, the long-reigning former monarch of Great Britain and Ireland.
Young Casiraghi was declared godmother to her infant sister, and the whole family moved to Fontainebleau, a Parisian suburb. There, she attended the ‘Lycée François-Couperin’ between 2000 and 2004. Around the same time, she interned with French equestrian and ‘Olympic’ champion Marcel Rozier. After being trained by his sons, Philippe and Thierry, she participated in several junior and amateur show-jumping competitions between 2001 and 2004, as part of Rozier’s ‘Team Marionnaud.’
After securing the highest-possible grade in her “baccalaureate” exams in July 2004, she enrolled at the ‘Lycée Fénelon’ in St-Germain-des-Près, Paris, hoping to crack the ‘École Normale Supérieure,’ but failed. Instead, she got a ‘License of Philosophy,’ the equivalent of a bachelor's degree, from the ‘University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne’ (aka ‘Paris-Sorbonne University’), in 2007. She then pursued internships at the publishing house ‘Robert Laffont,’ Paris, and ‘The Independent,’ London.
Public Life & Other Activities
Casiraghi has attended the ‘Bal de la Rose’ (‘Rose Ball’) each year since 2006, to help raise funds for the ‘Princess Grace Foundation,’ named after her grandmother. She also graced the fundraising gala for ‘AMADE Mondiale’ and Nelson Mandela's foundation in September 2007. She was listed among the world's most eligible young women at age 16. ‘Vanity Fair’ named her on their ‘International Best Dressed List’ of 2006.
She has worked as a writer and editor for the Sunday supplement to ‘The Independent’ (2007) and ‘AnOther Magazine’ (January 2008). She was also the editor-at-large for ‘Above’ magazine (2009), a role she relinquished to establish her own bi-annual ecological and fashion journal, ‘Ever Manifesto.’
In September 2009, she announced that she would be publishing 3,000 copies of ‘Ever Manifesto’ to promote sustainability in fashion and raise awareness about the industry’s scourge on the environment. She credited designer Stella McCartney and Prince Albert II of Monaco (her uncle) for their support. The first issue was distributed free of charge during the Milan and Paris ‘Fashion Weeks’ and later at Stella McCartney’s show in Paris.
Casiraghi returned to show-jumping after a 4-year break in April 2009 and participated in that year’s ‘Global Champions Tour’ (now known as the ‘Longines Global Champions Tour’) in Valencia, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Estoril, Rio de Janeiro, and Valkenswaard. In June 2009, he appeared on French TV, speaking in public for the first time, to speak about her enrollment in the ‘Global Champions Tour’, alongside her uncle, Albert II, who was the reigning Prince of Monaco by then.
She accompanied her uncle to the 2009 and 2011 ‘Formula-1’ ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ presentation ceremonies, something Caroline had been doing previously. She also continued to participate in the ‘Global Champions Tour.’ She devised ‘GCT Pro-Am Cup’ as an original concept for the Monaco leg of the event and assumed the role of the honorary president of the ‘Global Champions Tour’ in Monaco, taking over from her mother.
In 2012, Casiraghi founded ‘Swoon Productions.’ In 2015, she joined the board of ‘FXB France,’ an NGO founded by her godmother, Albina du Boisrouvray, in 1989. The NGO focused on alleviation of AIDS and poverty. By 2015, she cut down on her participation in the ‘Global Champions Tour’ and founded ‘Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco’ (‘Philosophical Encounters of Monaco’) with Joseph Cohen; Raphael Zagury-Orly; and her former teacher, philosopher Robert Maggiori. In 2017, Casiraghi wrote the preface for a book by Julia Kristeva. In March 2018, she published her ‘Kindle’ book ‘Archipel des Passions’ (‘Archipelago of the Passions’), co-authored with Robert Maggiori.
Casiraghi has been associated with the fashion label ‘Gucci’ for a while. She is their official equestrian ambassador. In 2019, she modeled for their menswear line for ‘System’ magazine. She was also the face of ‘Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Fall 2018’ collection.
She will be producing an upcoming film based on the 2012-published book ‘Our Lady of the Nile,’ scheduled to release in 2020.
Family & Personal Life
Casiraghi started dating French comic and actor Gad Elmaleh in December, 2011. They had a son, Raphaël, in December 2013. Raphaël is not part of the succession to the Monaco throne, as his parents parted ways in June 2015, without getting married.
Following this, he was reported to have dated filmmaker Lamberto Sanfelice. On October 23, 2018, she gave birth to her second son, Balthazar. She later married Balthazar’s father, producer Dimitri Rassam, son of the French actor Carole Bouquet. Balthazar is now twelfth in line to the throne of Monaco. Rassam has another child from a previous marriage, a 7-year-old daughter named Darya.
The couple made their engagement public in March 2018, after an alleged proposal during a ski trip. They had planned a summer wedding in Sicily but chose to postpone it until after the birth of their child. They eventually got married at the ‘Prince's Palace of Monaco’ on June 1, 2019, and hosted a reception at the nearby ‘Villa La Vigie.’ They had a subsequent Catholic ceremony at the ‘Abbey of Sainte-Marie de Pierredon,’ Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on June 29, 2019.
Besides being a great friend and admirer of Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney of ‘The Beatles’ fame, Casiraghi is also close friends with ‘Academy Award’-winning actor Salma Hayek. The two are often seen interacting at fashion events and film festivals.