Princess Florestine of Monaco

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Princess Florestine
Duchess of Urach
Born (1833-10-22)22 October 1833
Fontenay-aux-Roses, Kingdom of the French
Died 4 April 1897(1897-04-04) (aged 63)
Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg
Burial Ludwigsburg Palace Church
Spouse Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach
Issue Mindaugas II of Lithuania
Prince Karl
Full name
French: Florestine Gabrielle Antoinette
House Grimaldi
Father Florestan I, Prince of Monaco
Mother Maria Caroline Gibert de Lametz

Princess Florestine Gabrielle Antoinette of Monaco (Full French name: Florestine Gabrielle Antoinette, Princesse de Monaco[1][2]) (22 October 1833 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Kingdom of the French[1][2] – 4 April 1897 in Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg[1][2]) was the youngest child and only daughter of Florestan I, Prince of Monaco, and his wife Maria Caroline Gibert de Lametz.[1][2] Florestine was a member of the House of Grimaldi and a Princess of Monaco by birth and a member of the House of Württemberg and Duchess consort of Urach and Countess of Württemberg through her marriage to Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach.[1][2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Florestine married Count Wilhelm of Württemberg (later Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach), son of Duke Wilhelm of Württemberg and his morganatic wife Baroness Wilhelmine von Tunderfeldt-Rhodis, on 15 February 1863 in Monaco.[1][2] Florestine and Wilhelm had two sons:[1][2]

∞ 1892 Duchess Amalie in Bavaria (1865-1912), eldest daughter of the Duke Karl-Theodor in Bavaria[1][2]
∞ 1924 Princess Wiltrud Alix Marie of Bavaria (1884-1975), sixth daughter of Ludwig III of Bavaria[1][2]
  • Josef Wilhelm Karl Florestan Gero Crescentius (1865–1925), Prince of Urach[1][2]

Florestine's husband Wilhelm had converted to Roman Catholicism, in 1841, for his first marriage to Théodolinde de Beauharnais, who died in 1857.[3]

Monaco Succession Crisis of 1918[edit]

Florestine, according to the rules governing succession to the throne of Monaco, was able to marry without relinquishing her rights. When her grandnephew Louis II, Prince of Monaco, ascended to the Monegasque throne, Florestine's son Wilhelm claimed his rights for his succession to the princely throne of Monaco and the Grimaldi noble titles. However, France had undergone two wars against Germany and did not wish to see German princes ruling the Principality of Monaco. Therefore, France reached an agreement with the principality allowing the illegitimate daughter of Louis II, Charlotte, to be his heir presumptive to the princely throne and Grimaldi noble titles. Charlotte renounced and ceded her rights to the princely throne on 30 May 1944 to her son Rainier who became Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 October 1833 – 15 February 1863: Her Serene Highness Princess Florestine of Monaco
  • 15 February 1863 – 28 March 1867: Her Serene Highness Countess Florestine of Württemberg, Princess of Monaco
  • 28 March 1867 – 17 July 1869: Her Serene Highness The Duchess of Urach, Countess of Württemberg, Princess of Monaco
  • 17 July 1869 – 4 April 1897: Her Serene Highness The Dowager Duchess of Urach, Countess of Württemberg, Princess of Monaco




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Darryl Lundy (22 Jun 2003). "Florestine Grimaldi, Princesse de Monaco". Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Paul Theroff. "MONACO". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
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