Alexandre-Athenase Noghès

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Alexandre-Athenase Noghès
Born (1916-06-15)15 June 1916
Died 16 February 1999(1999-02-16) (aged 82)
Spouse Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy
Margot James
Issue Elisabeth-Anne de Massy
Christian Louis de Massy
Christine Alix de Massy
Full name
Alexandre-Athenase Noghès
Father Antony Noghès
Mother Marie Markellos-Petsalis
Religion Roman Catholicism

Alexandre-Athenase Noghès (Monaco, 15 June 1916 – Monaco,16 February 1999)[1] was an international tennis champion, best known as the first husband of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, whom he married as his second wife in December 1951.

Noghès was descended from the first Spanish commander of the Monaco garrison. His grandfather Alexandre was the founder of the Monaco Automobile Club and former general treasurer of Monaco's state finances.[2] His father, Antony (1890–1978), created the first Grand Prix ever raced in a city, the world-famous Grand Prix de Monaco. Antony also created the renowned Rallye Monte Carlo and is credited with inventing the chequered flag.

Noghès entered into a liaison with Princess Antoinette of Monaco in the mid-1940s and three illegitimate children were born to the couple: Elisabeth-Anne (born 1947), Christian Louis (born 1949) and Christine-Alix (1951–1989). They were married in a civil ceremony in Genoa on 4 December 1951, and divorced three years later in 1954.

Following their divorce, Noghès lived for a time on his yacht before settling in the United States with his third wife, Margot James. Margot James is survived by her brother, Dr. Charles S. James and his wife Holly W. James.


  1. ^ Death of Alexandre-Athenase Noghès
  2. ^ Monaco Grand Prix

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