Princess Alexandra of Hanover (born 1999)

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Princess Alexandra
Born (1999-07-20) 20 July 1999 (age 19)
Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria, Austria
Full name
Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia[1][2]
House Hanover
Father Ernst August, Prince of Hanover
Mother Caroline, Princess of Hanover

Princess Alexandra of Hanover (Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia; born 20 July 1999)[2][3] is the only child of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst August, of the defunct Kingdom of Hanover.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

Alexandra was born on 20 July 1999 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria.[2][4][5] She was christened on 19 September 1999[1] by Horst Hirschler, Landesbischof of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.[1] Her godparents are her paternal aunt Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen, maternal half-sister Charlotte Casiraghi, Ulrike Ulmschneider, Maryam Sachs, Virginia Gallico, George Condo, and Eric Maier.[1] She was named after each of her godmothers.

She has half-siblings from her parents' previous marriages. From her father's previous marriage, she has two half-brothers, Hereditary Prince Ernst August and Prince Christian of Hanover.[5] From her mother's previous marriage, she has two half-brothers, Andrea and Pierre Casiraghi, and one half-sister, Charlotte Casiraghi. Her maternal uncle, Albert II, is the sovereign of Monaco. She is a granddaughter of the American actress Grace Kelly.[6][7] On her father's side she is a descendant of Queen Victoria and Wilhelm II, German Emperor.[8]

Alexandra is the only one of Princess Caroline's four children who bears any royal style or title. While she is formally styled as Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover in Monaco, she is afforded the style and title out of courtesy elsewhere.[4][5] As the Kingdom of Hanover no longer exists, the title is not legally recognized in Germany. She is 12th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.[4][9] Through her father, she was in the line of succession to the British throne[10] until she was confirmed into the Catholic Church.[11]

Skating career[edit]

Alexandra began skating when she was ten years old after receiving ice skates as a Christmas present.[12][9] When she was eleven years old she competed at a competition in Toulon, France.[13] At the age of twelve she competed in the "Skate 7" class at the 10th Figure Skating Championship in Monaco, finishing in second place. She was awarded the cup of the Monegasque Federation of Skating.[14]

Alexandra represented Monaco in figure skating at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival in Austria[15] and at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

When Alexandra was eleven years old, German entertainment magazine Freizeit Revue published an article about and photographs of her competing at a figure skating competition in France. The article also covered her mother's dating life and other personal matters. Alexandra sought injunctive relief and sued the magazine, taking the case to the German Federal Court of Justice.[13]

In March 2015, Alexandra made her debut into society at Monaco's Rose Ball.[18][9] In March 2016, Alexandra officially attended the bal de rose entering with her family.[19][9]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Netty Nynke Leistra (September 1999). "Royal News: September 1999". l/ Netty's Royalty Page. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Paul Theroff. "HANNOVER". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  3. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XVIII. "Haus Hannover". C.A. Starke Verlag, 2007, pp. 23, 25–26. ISBN 978-3-7980-0841-0.
  4. ^ a b c Prince's Palace of Monaco. Biography: HRH The Princess of Hanover Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c Willis, Daniel A., The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain, Clearfield Company, 2002, p. 73. ISBN 0-8063-5172-1
  6. ^ "Fun Fact: Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold's Costume Designer Also Makes Dresses for Grace Kelly's Granddaughter".
  7. ^ "See Grace Kelly's 14 Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren Today!". 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Princess Caroline's daughter Alexandra of Hanover: from cheeky young princess to belle of the ball".
  9. ^ a b c d Knightley, Emma (2018). Princely Monaco XXI: The House of Grimaldi in the 21st Century (Kindle ed.). ISBN 9780359058945.
  10. ^ Willis, Daniel A., The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain, Clearfield Company, 2002, p. vii. ISBN 0-8063-5172-1
  11. ^ Royal Central
  12. ^ ISU Junior Grand Prix (11 September 2015). "Interview : Thomas Verner with Princess Alexandra de Hanovre" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ a b "Germany: Federal Court allows publication of photos of Princess Caroline's daughter - Global Media and Communications Watch". 4 October 2013.
  14. ^ Limited, Alamy. "Stock Photo - Princess Alexandra of Hanover. **PLEASE DO NOT CREDIT/CPE/** Princess Alexandra of Hanover, figure skating lessons with her dog in Zur, Austria. Two years ago, during the 10th". Alamy.
  15. ^ "Albert de Monaco : Fier, il salue la prestation sur glace de sa nièce Alexandra". Pure People.
  16. ^ "Princess Alexandra of Hanover: from cheeky royal to belle of the ball". 28 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Princess Alexandra Of Hanover, Princess Caroline's Daughter Arrives On Scene: Teen Is A Budding Fashionista And Figure Skater". 4 May 2016.
  18. ^ "photo". www.gettyimages.com.
  19. ^ "photo". us.hellomagazine.com.

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover (born 1999)
Cadet branch of the House of Welf
Born: 20 July 1999
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Charlotte Casiraghi
Line of succession to the Monegasque throne
12th position
Succeeded by
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Preceded by
Prince Christian of Hanover
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Queen Victoria's daughter Victoria
Succeeded by
Prince Heinrich of Hanover