Andrea Casiraghi

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Andrea Casiraghi
Andrea Casiraghi.jpg
Born Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi
(1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 30)
Princess Grace Hospital,
La Colle, Monaco
Alma mater American University of Paris
The New School (M.S.)
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Tatiana Santo Domingo (m. 2013)
Children Alexandre Casiraghi
Parents Stefano Casiraghi
Caroline, Princess of Hanover

Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (born 8 June 1984) is the eldest son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi, and the eldest grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and American actress Grace Kelly. He is currently the second in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, and will likely succeed to the throne after his mother, if she is living, should his uncle Prince Albert II, die without legitimate issue.

Family background and early life[edit]

Casiraghi was born on 8 June 1984 at the Princess Grace Hospital in La Colle, Monaco,[1] to Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, the Italian businessman and athlete Stefano Casiraghi.

The eldest grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and his wife, former American actress Grace Kelly, Casiraghi was named after his father's childhood friend, his maternal uncle Prince Albert and his maternal great-grandfather Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois. Casiraghi's godparents are his maternal aunt Princess Stéphanie and his paternal uncle, Marco Casiraghi. His sister Charlotte was born on 3 August 1986,[2] and his brother Pierre on 5 September 1987.[3]

On 3 October 1990, Casiraghi's father was killed in a speedboat accident near Monaco.[4] He was buried several days later in Monaco's Chapel of Peace.[5] Princess Caroline did not know how to tell her children that their father had died, so her father, Prince Rainier, did so.[6] Andrea reportedly suffered nightmares and insomnia after his father's death.[7] To protect her children from excessive media attention, Caroline moved to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and later to Paris.[8]

In 1999, his mother married Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, and gave birth to Princess Alexandra of Hanover. Along with a half-sister, Casiraghi gained two stepbrothers, Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover, and Prince Christian of Hanover.

Education and career[edit]

Growing up mostly in France, Casiraghi earned his international baccalaureate from the International School of Paris in December 2002. Following a period at the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he eventually graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts and international politics from the American University of Paris.[9] From 2007 to 2009, Casiraghi studied at The New School in New York City, receiving his master's degree in international affairs,[10] and then did an internship at the embassy of Qatar in France.[11]

Official duties and philanthropy[edit]

Since 2004, Casiraghi has been involved, to varying degrees, with the World Association of Children's Friends (AMADE), a philanthropic organization founded in 1963 by his grandmother Grace; it is now presided over by his mother Princess Caroline. He spent eight months teaching children in Senegal, Togo, and Niger.[12] In August 2006, Casiraghi took his involvement deeper and paid a very serious visit to Manila on behalf of a joint venture of AMADE and the Virlanie Foundation.[13] Since 2007, he has been the patron of the Motrice Foundation, which funds research into cerebral palsy.[14] Casiraghi sponsored the Hospices de Beaune charity auction that was held in November 2009.[15]

Casiraghi regularly attends important social events in Monaco related to the Monegasque Princely Family, such as National Day,[16] the Rose Ball,[17] and the Formula One competition Monaco Grand Prix.[18] In 2011, Casiraghi and his siblings Charlotte and Pierre hosted Monaco's annual Rose Ball, in the absence of Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie who were mourning the sudden death of their aunt Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy, a few days earlier.[19] Casiraghi gave the speech at the start of the event.[20] The same year, he attended the wedding of his uncle Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock, which took place on 1 and 2 July 2011.[21]

Personal and media life[edit]

Before he met Santo Domingo, Casiraghi was previously romantically linked to German socialite Caroline von Stauffenberg[22] and Spanish actress María Jurado.[23]

Casiraghi is fluent in French, Italian, English and German.[8] His hobbies and interests include reading, football, horse riding, water sports, skiing and collecting Swatch watches.[24]

In December 2011, Casiraghi had his driving licence taken away after he had been caught speeding at 200 km/h near Lyon, France.[25] Casiraghi is regularly tracked by the tabloids and paparazzi. The media nicknamed him as "enfant terrible" and the "rebel angel".[26] In 1999, he was included in the People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list.[27] In 2003, he was featured in a Town & Country article about young royals[28] and was voted the most stylish male royal by Hello Magazine's readers.[29] In 2008, Forbes placed him the tenth on their "20 Hottest Young Royals" list.[30]

In 2011, Casiraghi was named the second most beautiful male royal of all time by the BeautifulPeople.com, behind Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland. His maternal grandmother was voted the most beautiful female royal of all time, while his sister Charlotte placed fifth.[31]

Honorary military appointments[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diliberto, Gioia (25 June 1984). "A New Beginning for Monaco's Princess". People. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Princess Caroline Is Content in Charlotte's Web, Despite Rumors of a Troubled Marriage". People. 18 August 1986. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Say Hello to Prince Pierre, the Littlest Monegasque". People. 21 September 1987. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Fowler, Glenn (4 October 1990). "Stefano Casiraghi, 30, Husband Of Caroline of Monaco, Is Killed". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Tarraborelli, J. Randy (2004). Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier. 
  6. ^ "Shrouded in Sorrow, Princess Caroline Makes a Shaky Public Appearance". People. 3 October 1990. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Kurth, Peter (1990). "In the House of Grimaldi". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Latest news and profile of Andrea Casiraghi". Hello. 
  9. ^ "Andréa Casiraghi au nom de l'amitié". Point du Vue (in French). June 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "5 July 2011". crushable.com. Andrea Casiraghi... Revealed. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi in Hola!". Mad for Monaco. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Weber, Bruce (June 2009). "Portraits of 'Fortune's Children'". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi sigue los pasos de su madre en las labores humanitarias". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 24 August 2006. 
  14. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi supports the Fondation Motrice". La Fondation Motrice. 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi Sponsors Hospices de Beaune Charity Auction". Royalty in the News. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "United and official: Charlene celebrates first National Day as princess". Hello. 21 November 2003. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Monaco Rose Ball, Moroccan Style". The Royal Forums. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Monaco Royals at the F1 Grand Prix". Royalty in the News. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Younger generation host annual Rose Ball following the death of Princess Antoinette". Hello. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Casiraghi Siblings Represent Monaco’s Princely Family at Rose Ball". Royalty in the News. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "La familia real de Mónaco, anfitriona de los invitados de la realeza en la esperada boda del principado". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 2 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi y su novia, Caroline, pasean a su cerdito por las calles de París". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 23 May 2003. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "¿Quién es María Jurado, la joven con quien se relaciona a Andrea Casiraghi?". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 24 July 2003. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi profile". www.nettyroyal.nl. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi pizzicato a 200 all'ora". ANSA (in Italian). 20 December 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  26. ^ Cox, Nathalie (30 November 2010). "Andrea Casiraghi, the "Wildcard" of Monaco". The Royal Forums. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi: Royal". People. 10 May 1999. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  28. ^ Gardner, Anthony (June 2003). Town & Country. 
  29. ^ "Masako and Andrea top our royal style poll". Hello. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  30. ^ "The 20 Hottest Young Royals – 10. Andrea Casiraghi". Forbes. 27 May 2008. Archived from the original on 30 May 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008. 
  31. ^ "Kate pips Diana in poll of most beautiful Royal: Bride-to-be runner-up to Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Rania of Jordan". Daily Mail. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  32. ^ "Feast of Saint Sebastian". Prince's Palace of Monaco. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  33. ^ "Andrea Casiraghi ranks corporal". The Riviera Times. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 

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Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Princess of Hanover
Line of succession to the Monegasque throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Alexandre Casiraghi