Princess Monaco
Monegasque princess
Princess Monaco
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and American actress Grace Kelly, and the sister of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover. Currently the sixth in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, she has been a singer, swimwear designer and fashion model.
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    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 45
    On 26 June 2010, Stéphanie inaugurated, in the presence of Prince Albert, the House of Life (French: Maison de Vie) in Carpentras, Vaucluse, France, which offers both psychological and material aid to persons living with either HIV and AIDS and their families.
    More Details Hide Details Stéphanie has organized numerous events, such as auction sales, concerts and galas, to support her foundation.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    Stéphanie co-owns Replay cafes and stores in both Monaco and Barcelona. In December 2008, she guest-edited and covered the Vogue Paris.
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  • 2006
    Age 41
    She made a brief return to singing in 2006, when she recorded "L'Or de nos vies", a charity single, along with her foundation Fight AIDS.
    More Details Hide Details Stéphanie is the president of several associations, including Monaco Youth Center and Princess Stéphanie Activity Center, and is an honorary board member of the Princess Grace Foundation – United States. She has also been the patron of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, which she regularly attends, and the World Association of Children's Friends (AMADE), which was founded in 1963 by her mother Grace, Princess of Monaco. Since 1985, Stéphanie has been the president of the Monte-Carlo Magic Grand Prix and the International Festival of Amateur Theatre. She is also the president of the Théâtre Princesse Grace.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 38
    On 12 September 2003, Stéphanie married Portuguese acrobat Adans Lopez Peres, a member of Knie's circus ensemble. The marriage ended in divorce on 24 November 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Stéphanie is the godmother to Andrea Casiraghi, the eldest son of her sister Princess Caroline. Princess Stephanie and her family live in the Villa Clos Saint-Martin in Monaco-ville. See also List of honours of the Monegasque Princely Family by country
    In 2003, Stéphanie created her own Women Face the AIDS Association, which became Fight AIDS Monaco in 2004, in order to support people living with HIV and to combat the social stigma attached to the disease.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2006, Stéphanie has been a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) ambassador. The same year, along with the group of singers, she released a charitable single "L'Or de nos vies".
  • 2002
    Age 37
    However, that relationship came to an end in 2002, and Stéphanie and her family returned to Monaco.
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  • 2001
    Age 36
    In 2001, Stéphanie began a relationship with married elephant trainer Franco Knie and moved, along with her three children, into Knie's circus caravan.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 30
    The children were included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, when Stéphanie married Ducruet on 1 July 1995 in Monaco. The couple divorced on 4 October 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Stéphanie gave birth to her third child: Although she did not identify the father's name on the birth certificate, it has been rumoured Camille's father is Jean Raymond Gottlieb. As her parents never married, Camille is not included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    Stéphanie had dated Paul Belmondo, Anthony Delon, Rob Lowe and Jean-Yves Le Fur before she began a relationship with her bodyguard Daniel Ducruet in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two children:
  • 1991
    Age 26
    The same year, Stéphanie moved to Los Angeles to record a new album. However, it took her five years to release it. The album Stéphanie, released in 1991, met with disappointing sales and negative reviews, despite the promotional tour that included the performance in The Oprah Winfrey Show.
    More Details Hide Details Stéphanie then ended her music career after recording "In the Closet" with Michael Jackson for his album Dangerous. The song became a worldwide hit and reached the top ten in the United States but Stéphanie was credited on the single under the alias "Mystery Girl" and her involvement in the song was not revealed until a few years later.
  • 1990
    Age 25
    The following year, she debuted as a model on the biannual haute couture special published by Spanish magazine ¡Hola!, a venture that she repeated in 1990.
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  • 1987
    Age 22
    In January 1987, Stéphanie released the single "Young Ones Everywhere" to benefit UNICEF.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    In 1986, Stéphanie launched a swimwear line Pool Position with Alix de la Comble, whom she had met during her internship at Dior.
    More Details Hide Details The fashion show to present the line, held at the Sporting Club in Monaco and attended by Prince Rainier III, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline, was a major event covered by the worldwide media. In 1989, Stéphanie launched her own self-titled perfume.
    She also became the spokesperson of the Swiss beauty line La Prairie, for which she was photographed by Horst, and she appeared on the cover of French Vogue, photographed by the late Helmut Newton, in September 1986.
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    In February 1986, Stéphanie self-produced and released her first single with the French label Carrere, under the production of Yves Roze.
    More Details Hide Details The song "Ouragan" and its English version "Irresistible" were both international hits, reportedly selling more than 2 million copies. "Ouragan" is one of the best-selling singles in France of all time. The full album Besoin, released as Stéphanie in some countries, sold more than 1.5million units, with 100.000 in France only. The single "Flash", as well as its English version "One Love to Give", also achieved success throughout Europe.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 20
    In 1985, Stéphanie covered German Vogue and the American edition of Vanity Fair.
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  • 1983
    Age 18
    In 1983, after her physical recovery from the accident which killed her mother, Stéphanie started an apprentice programme at Christian Dior under the direction of head designer Marc Bohan.
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  • 1982
    Age 17
    Stéphanie is fluent in French, Monegasque, English and Italian. She was educated at the Dames de Saint-Maur in Monaco, and then at the Dupanloup in Paris, France. Stéphanie received her baccalauréat in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details During her school years, she studied classic dance and piano, and also competed in gymnastics and horse riding. She also attended Camp Oneka, an all-girls summer camp in the Pocono Mountains, where both her sister and mother had attended previously.
    On 13 September 1982, while returning home from their farm in Rocagel, France, Stéphanie and her mother had a car accident.
    More Details Hide Details Grace died the next day, on 14 September, while Stéphanie sustained a hairline fracture of a neck vertebra. Although the official version was that Grace suffered a stroke while driving, it was rumoured that Stéphanie, who had to miss her mother's funeral due to her recovery, was the one actually driving. Stéphanie herself refused to speak publicly about her mother's death until 1989, when she gave an interview to the author Jeffrey Robinson, insisting that the story was untrue. She said, "There was a lot of pressure on me because everyone was saying that I had been driving the car, that it was all my fault, that I'd killed my mother... It's not easy when you're 17 to live with that." She did not discuss the subject again until a 2002 interview with the French magazine Paris Match in which she repeated her earlier denial, and discussed the trauma of being beside her mother at the time of the accident. She said, "Not only did I go through the horrible trauma of losing my mother at a very young age, but I was beside her at the moment of the accident. Nobody can imagine how much I've suffered, and still suffer."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Stéphanie was born to Rainier III and Grace Kelly on 1 February 1965.
    More Details Hide Details She is the youngest of their three children, after Caroline and Albert II. Stéphanie was named after her great-great-great-great-grandmother Stéphanie de Beauharnais. Her godparents are her maternal uncle John B. Kelly Jr. and paternal first cousin Elisabeth-Anne de Massy. Her mother, who described Stéphanie as a "warm, bright, amusing, intelligent and capable girl" and a "good athlete", lovingly called her "wild child" (French: enfant terrible).
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