Saturday, October 10, 2009

Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi is a sure winner of the "genetic lottery" and easily the most photographed member of the Princely Family of Monaco today. She was born on August 3, 1986 to HSH Princess Caroline of Monaco and her late husband Stefano Casiraghi at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo, Monaco. She was named after her great-grandmother Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois the mother of Sovereign Prince Rainier III. She is currently fourth in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne but, although many TV spots and magazines often refer to her as "Princess Charlotte of Monaco" she has not, per the wishes of her mother, been given any titles as of yet and is a private citizen. She inherited a considerable fortune with the untimely death of her father (including an island off the coast of Sardinia) when she was four years old. Princess Caroline moved the family to France and tried to shelter her children from media attention as best she could.

However, as Charlotte grew older there was no keeping the photographers away, she being almost a carbon copy of her very striking mother at her age. Educated in France she made high marks throughout her academic career and in 2007 got her licenese of Philosophy from the Sorbonne. She also worked as an intern at Pierre Laffont publishing house in Paris and at the newspaper The Independent in London. The tabloids have kept up with her three serious boyfriends to date, the last being Alexander Dellal, owner of an art gallery and the son of a Brazilian property developer and supermodel. She sometimes attends official events and is of course always present at the big family functions but as a private citizen she has no state obligations.

Charlotte's primary interests have been in fashion, publishing and equestrian sports. In her teens she was aa regular at jumping competitions and has recently taken up the sport again in an effort to bring attention to it and play for Monaco. She is often seen at fashion shows and recently entered the publishing world herself with a new magazine she co-founded called Ever Manifesto dedicated to fashion and environmentalism. It is free and published in print for distribution at fashion shows and on-line. She has also written for Another Magazine, The Independent and is editor-at-large for Above magazine. She has said that her new focus on eco-fashion was inspired by her friend Stella McCartney (a fashion designer and environmentalist) and her uncle Prince Albert II who is widely known for his climate change and environmental studies and awareness work.

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