Prince Valentinois
Monegasque prince
Prince Valentinois
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 68
    Prince Pierre died on 10 November 1964, of cancer, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1947
    Age 51
    Life magazine in 1947 described Prince Pierre as "a slender and graceful gallant who wears his coat cape-fashion across his shoulders.
    More Details Hide Details His manners are exquisite; his voice so cultivated as to be practically inaudible". Titles Honours
  • THIRTIES
  • 1933
    Age 37
    The banishment from Monaco was lifted in April 1933, and Prince Pierre thereafter received an annuity of 500,000 francs a year.
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    Prince Pierre Grimaldi de Polignac" were divorced by ordinance of Prince Louis II on 18 February 1933.
    More Details Hide Details The divorce was confirmed by a Paris tribunal in December of that year. One magazine story reported that "The union ended... under circumstances which prompted the temperamental father-in-law to vow he would call out the Monégasque army if the prince ever set foot in the principality again."
  • 1930
    Age 34
    Prince Pierre and Princess Charlotte were judicially separated on 20 March 1930 at Paris, and in a case titled "Princesse héréditaire Grimaldi de Monaco c.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 24
    He had become a subject of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, also by Monegasque ordinance, on 29 February 1920.
    More Details Hide Details From the date of the religious wedding the court of Monaco referred to him, jure uxoris, as Duke of Valentinois. That title had been conferred upon his wife as heiress presumptive on 20 May 1919. His surname and arms were altered by Monegasque ordinance shortly after he became a Monegasque citizen to ensure that his dynastic issue would bear the surname of Grimaldi in compliance with Article I of Monaco's house law). Pierre remained in succession to the French title Duke of Polignac, as do his legitimate male-line descendants. According to James Lees-Milne, a British writer and friend of the Prince, Prince Pierre's unhappy arranged marriage was complicated by his homosexuality and Princess Charlotte's affairs. In the mid-1920s, the couple unofficially separated, with Prince Pierre living in his Paris apartment and on an estate near the city.
    Pierre de Polignac, member of a cadet branch of one of France's most renowned ducal families, noble at least since the 12th century, duke in 1780, peer in 1817, and a descendant of Marie Antoinette's favourite, Yolande de Polatron, duchesse de Polignac), he changed his name and coat of arms to those borne by the House of Grimaldi by Monegasque ordinance issued on 18 March 1920, the day before his wedding.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1895
    Born
    Born on October 24, 1895.
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