Monday, December 28, 2009
Happy Birthday Princess Antoinette!
Today HSH Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy celebrates her 89th birthday. Princess Antoinette is the older sister of the late Prince Rainier III and over the years gained someting of an eratic reputation. There had long been tension between Princess Antoinette and the little brother who replaced her as heir to the throne but things came to a head with an effort by Princess Antoinette to usurp the Monegasque throne in the name of her young son Christian. Prince Rainier handled the situation without any publicity but Princess Antoinette was exiled from Monaco for quite some time thereafter. However, later in life the Grimaldi siblings were reconciled and Princess Antoinette was again seen at formal events and social occasions with her late brother and her nieces and nephew. Princess Antoinette, because of her age and poor health has not been seen out much lately. In the photo above she is flanked by her great-niece Charlotte Casiraghi and her grandaughter Melanie de Massy. The Mad for Monaco blog wishes Princess Antoinette a very happy birthday!