Saturday, February 1, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Countess of Polinac

Princess Stephanie Marie Elisabeth of Monaco, Countess of Polinac was born as the 3rd child and second daughter to Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco on 1 February 1965 {Source}. Her godparents were {Source}:

  • John B. Kelly Jr (her maternal uncle)
  • Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (her paternal 1st cousin)

She attended private schools in Monaco and France. She began her education at Les Dames St Maur, before moving to Paris with her mother and sister in the 1970s  {Source}. While residing in Paris with her mother and sister, she attended Dupanloup  {Source}. She received her Frech  Baccalaureat in 1982  {Source}. Throughout her education, she studied ballet, piano and gymnastics {Source}.  Upon completing her formal studies, she  interned at the Haute Couture firm of Christian Dior under the direction of designer Marc Bohan from 1983 to 1984  {Source}. Then from 1985 through 1987 She designed a collection of swimsuits and swimwear under the name of 'Pool Position" {Source}.

She speaks many languages, including French, English and Italian  {Source}.

She began official duties at the age of 9 when she participated in her first jury of the International Circus Festival {Source}. In 1979, she  became the patron of the Grand Prix de Gymnastique de la Ville de Paris {Source}. Today, she serves as president  or on the board of many organizations including {Source}:
  • The Monaco Youth Center
  • Princess Stephanie Activity Cente
  • The Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A. (Honorary Board Member)
  • The Princess Grace Theatre (Organizational Committee, since 1985) 
  • The Jury of the Monte-Carlo Magic Grand Prix
  • Organizing Committee of the International Monte-Carlo Circus Festival (President since 2005, previously vice-president)
  • Fight Aids Monaco (President since 2004)
  • President of The <> of the International Monte-Carlo Circus Festival (her elder daughter, Pauline, is the President of the Jury)

In her spare time, she loves swimming, water skiing and downhill skiing  {Source}.  In November 2005, her brother awarded her   with the insignia of the Grand Cross of the Order of Grimaldi, for her involvement in humanitarian actions, notably in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in artistic actions,support of circus arts through the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival   {Source}.

On June 2006, Princess Stephanie traveled for the first time to the United Nations in New York during a high level meeting on HIV/AIDS in order to explain the contribution of Monaco and to declare her personal involvement in the fight against the illness  {Source}. On the 6th October 2006, Princess Stephanie was named as a Special Representative for UNAIDS  {Source}. Presently, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for this institution  {Source}. On the 26th June 2010, Princess Stephanie inaugurated the "Maison de Vie" ("House of Life")  {Source}.

She has been married twice, and has three children. Her first marriage was to Daniel Ducuret on 1 July 1995  {Source}. He is the father of her two elder children  {Source}:
  • Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (26 November 1992)
  • Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (4 May 1994)
The Princess and Mr. Ducuret were divorced in October 1996  {Source}.  She married Adans Peres in 2003, and the marriage ended 10 months later in divorce   in 2004{Source}. 

She gave birth to her youngest child, Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb, on 15 July 1998  {Source}.  Her father has never been publicly acknowledged, therefore, she is not in line for the throne.

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