Christian Louis de Massy

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Christian Louis
Baron of Massy
Born (1949-01-17) 17 January 1949 (age 68)
Monaco
Spouse María Marta Quintana y del Carril
Anne Michelle Lütken
Julia Lakschin
Cécile Gelabale
Full name
Christian Louis Rainier Baron de Massy

Christian Louis de Massy (born 17 January 1949 in Monaco) is the son of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy, and her husband, international tennis champion Alexandre-Athenase Noghès. His grandfather, Antony Noghès, created the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix.

Massy is a first cousin of the reigning Prince Albert II and nephew of Prince Rainier III. He was born out of wedlock, his parents marrying in 1946.[1][2] The second of three siblings, his two sisters are Elisabeth-Anne (born 1947) and Christine Alix (1951–1989).

Status[edit]

By 1951, Rainier was the Prince of Monaco, but was unmarried and had no children. Some have reported that,[3] citing the need for an heir to continue the throne of Monaco, Christian's mother Princess Antoinette sought to gauge support among Monegasque citizenry for a change to the constitution to place Christian upon the throne as a child, with his mother exercising sovereign authority as regent until his adulthood.[4] The Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1918 already provided that a childless sovereign of Monaco could adopt an heir to the throne. Therefore, had Rainier then chosen to adopt Christian de Massy, that would have made Christian the heir presumptive (although he would lose his place in the order of succession to any children born of a subsequent marriage of Rainier).[5]

Regardless, once Rainier married Grace Kelly and had children, Princess Antoinette's concern over succession waned and the possibility of Christian acceding to the throne became more remote. Princess Antoinette then threw her full support behind the succession of her brother. The family presented a unified front thenceforth, with Prince Rainier III granting his sister the title of Baroness of Massy, and young Christian de Massy serving as ring bearer at the marriage of his uncle to Grace Kelly.[6]

Referred to since childhood as "Baron de Massy", including during the lifetime of his mother the Baroness, Christian's use of the title became official in 2009,[7][8] two years before his mother's death in 2011.

In 2002 the constitution was adjusted to allow siblings of the reigning Prince and their descendants to succeed to the throne if the sovereign lacked legitimate descendants, and Christian thereupon became 11th in line of succession to the Monegasque throne. When Albert succeeded on the death of Rainier, Antoinette was no longer the sibling of the sovereign, so she and her children lost their places in the line of succession. They and their descendants do, however, remain eligible for selection by the Crown Council to accede if the current line fails.

Education[edit]

Christian Louis was a pupil at the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland.[9] He was expelled.[9] From September 1963 until July 1967 he was resident (during terms) at Downside School, Somerset, UK.[10] He attended Cambridge University for a short time, but dropped out.

More inspired by adventure than the classroom, Christian's self-education in the real world saw him become a professional race driver in Europe, before motorcycling the entire 7400 km coast of Brazil. He returned to a motorcycle to crisscross North America from east to west, north to south in 1994. Baron de Massy has lived in Spain, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, France, Hungary, Panama and the USA, in addition to his homeland of Monaco. He speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.[11]

Career[edit]

Christian de Massy is presently the Economic Attaché to the Embassy of Monaco in Washington D.C,[12] having been appointed by Prince Albert II in 2010.[13] He is founding principal of Monte Carlo Lifestyle SCP, a Monaco company which holds over 40 brands relating to luxury lifestyle.[14] Baron de Massy splits his time between Washington, D.C, Miami and Monte Carlo.

From March, 2009 until his current diplomatic assignment, Christian held the office of Diplomatic Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign, Economic and Financial Affairs on appointment by Albert II following nomination on 26 February 2009.[15] His diplomatic endeavors began in 2008, when he was likewise appointed Monegasque chargé d'affaires for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prior to holding diplomatic posts, Christian de Massy opened the first foreign office of the Société des bains de mer de Monaco in Manhattan, New York in 1979. Soon after he began the first mail order company to operate in Eastern Bloc countries, "Top Trading", in Hungary before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

In 1972-1973 Christian was a driver for Formula Renault Europe Marlboro racing team.[11]

Marriages and issue[edit]

Christian Louis has been married and divorced four times.

First[edit]

He married María Marta Quintana y del Carril (b. London, 17 June 1951), daughter of Enrique Quintana y Achával, an Argentine ambassador, and his wife Marta Juana del Carril y Aldao (remarried to the 7th Duke of Tamames),[16] in Buenos Aires on 14 November 1970. This marriage ended in 1978 - one daughter:

  • Leticia de Massy (Noghès) (b. Buenos Aires, 16 May 1971) married to Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer (b. Antwerp, 22 March 1973) - two children:
    • Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer (b. 2008)[17]
    • Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer (b. 2008)[17]

Second[edit]

He married Anne Michelle Lütken (b. 28 November 1959 - d. London, 25 November 2001) in Ramatuelle on 11 September 1982. She was the first child of Carl Fredrik Lütken and his first wife Bjørg, née Christiansen.[18] This marriage ended in 1987 - without issue.

Third[edit]

He married Julia Lakschin (b. 6 November 1968), daughter of Roman Lakschin and his wife Ludmila, in Geneva in April 1992. This marriage ended in 1995 - without issue. Roman Lakschin is the Dominican ambassador to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization.[19] She is married to Ivan Mikhailovich Musatov and has issue.

Fourth[edit]

He married Cécile Gelabale (b. Guadeloupe, 1968), daughter of Denis Gelabale and his wife Lucie Darius Denon.[20] Two sons:

  • Brice Souleyman Gelabale-de Massy (by adoption)[21](b. Abymes, Guadeloupe, 2 Nov 1987)
  • Antoine de Massy (b. 15 January 1997)[22]

Ancestry[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • The Grimaldis of Monaco: The Centuries of Scandal, The Years of Grace by Anne Edwards. (New York, William Morrow and Company, Inc. 1992, ISBN 0-688-08837-6

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Edwards, Anne "The Grimaldis of Monaco" 1992, William Morrow and Company, Inc. (New York): page 209
  2. ^ Newspaper clipping cites Princess Antoinette's marriage to Aleco Noghes at the age of 26. She was born in 1920, making the marriage no later than 1946. Clipping copy is at http://mc.style/about/baron-christian-de-massy-2/
  3. ^ Royal Obituaries, The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/royalty-obituaries/8409783/Princess-Antoinette-of-Monaco.html)
  4. ^ The Telegraph (UK, online edition) 27 March 2011, available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/royalty-obituaries/8409783/Princess-Antoinette-of-Monaco.html
  5. ^ Edwards, Anne "The Grimaldis of Monaco: The Centuries of Scandal, The Years of Grace" 1992, William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York. Page 249
  6. ^ Edwards, Anne "The Grimaldis of Monaco: The Centuries of Scandal, The Years of Grace" 1992, William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York. Page 258
  7. ^ Christian holds a Monaco diplomatic passport, issued in 2009, which confirms his legal name to be Christian Louis Rainier Baron de Massy
  8. ^ See title and status at http://monacodc.org/staff.html
  9. ^ a b Orange Coast Magazine Apr. 1987-p.157
  10. ^ The Raven -Summer Term 1967-No.241, p.67 (pub. Downside School)
  11. ^ a b http://mc.style/about/baron-christian-de-massy-2/
  12. ^ See the website of the Embassy of Monaco in Washington DC: http://monacodc.org/staff.html
  13. ^ Principality of Monaco, Sovereign Order of HSH Prince Albert II, #2931
  14. ^ http://mc.style/portfolio/
  15. ^ Principality of Monaco, Sovereign Order of HSH Prince Albert II, #2089
  16. ^ Genealogy (in Spanish)
  17. ^ a b darryl. "Person Page 46747". Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ The Dominican
  20. ^ Geneall
  21. ^ Permission for change of surname
  22. ^ Antoine de Massy website.

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