Saturday, January 17, 2015

Royal Profile: 31 Facts about Christian Louis de Massy

  1. His full name at birth was Christian Louis Grimaldi{Source}.
  2. He was born 17 January 1949{Source}.
  3. He is the middle child and only son of the late Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy and Alexandre-Athenase Noghès{Source}.
  4. His two sisters are Elisabeth-Anne (1947) and Christine Alix (1951–1989) {Source}.
  5. He is a first cousin of Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie {Source}.
  6. When his parents legitimatized him and his sisters with their 1951 marriage, his mother promptly changed their last name to de Massy, after her new title, Baroness de Massy.
  7. Also when his parents married, his mother allegedly scheming to stage a coup d'état and place him upon the throne
  8. However, once Rainier married Grace Kelly and had children, the possibility of Christian acceding to the throne became remote.
  9. In 2002 the constitution was adjusted to allow siblings of the reigning Prince and their descendants to succeed to the throne, and Christian was officially included as 11th in line of succession to the Monegasque throne. (Ed note: currently, if that little clause was not in place, he would currently be 11th in line after Pauline Ducruet. Technically, he is on top of the "pool" of Grimaldi descendants eligible for the throne if the current line fails. Yes. I counted right-11th: Jacques, Gabriella, Caroline, Andrea, Pierre, Charlotte, Alexandra, Stephanie, Louis, Pauline....Sacha Santo Domingo IS NOT A GRIMALDI, therefore cannot be in line for the throne, unlike Raphael, Jazmin, Alexandre, and Camille whom are all illegitimate so they are not eligible unless their parents marry in the future)
  10. His parents divorced when he was only 5 years old.
  11. His mother remarried twice:
    1. Dr. Jean-Charles Rey (1961-1974)
    2. John Gilpin (1983-1983)
  12. After his parents divorce, his father remarried a woman named Margot.
  13. Christian Louis was a pupil at the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland, where he was expelled{Source}
  14. From September 1963-July 1967 he was resident at Downside School, Somerset, UK.
  15. He attended Cambridge University for a short time, but dropped out.
  16. He tried to become a Grand Prix Race Car Driver, but his uncle halted his efforts {Source}.
  17. He penned a book in the 1980s entitled Palace: My Life in The Royal Family of Monaco {Source}.
  18. He has a reputation of being a black sheep of his family {Source}.
  19. He's been married four times:
    1. María Marta Quintana y del Carril (1970-1978, one daughter)
    2. Anne Michelle Lütken (1982-1987, no issue)
    3. Julia Lakschin (1992-1995, no issue)
    4. Cécile Gelabale (1997-present, two sons)
  20. He has three children:
    1. Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer (1971, product from his first marriage)
    2. Brice Souleyman Gelabale-de Massy (1987, adopted with his 4th wife)
    3. Antoine de Massy(1997, product from his 4th marriage)
  21. Through his daughter Leticia, he is a stepgrandfather and grandfather to four children{Source}:
    1. Jonkvrouw Hermine de Brouwer (2001, step-granddaughter)
    2. Jonkvrouw Lillah de Brouwer (2003, step-granddaughter)
    3. Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer (2008, granddaughter)
    4. Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer (2008, grandson)
  22. He is uncle to:
    1. K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy (1972, only child of his littlest sister, Christine-Alix)
    2. Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta (1974, elder child of his sister Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy)
    3. Miss Melanie-Antoinette de Massy (1985, daughter of his sister Baroness Elisabeth Anne)
  23. He is great-unce to:
    1. Christine Knecht de Massy (2000, daughter of Sébastien)
    2. Alexia Knecht de Massy (2001, daughter of Sébastien)
    3. Vittoria Knecht de Massy (2007, daughter of Sébastien)
    4. Andrea Knecht de Massy (2008, daughter of Sébastien)
  24. He is uncle-in-law to:
    1. Donatella Knecht de Massy (wife of Sébastien since 1999)
    2. Baroness Susanna Taubert-Natta (wife of Jean-Leonard since 2009)
  25. Christian is often referred to as "Baron de Massy", even during the lifetime of his mother, the original grantee of the title and, since then, without indication that the title was granted hereditarily. (Ed note: None of Monaco's titles are theroitically hereditary-they all come as favors of the prince. Once Antoinette died in 2011, the title Barone de Massy reverted back to the crown).
  26. His paternal grandfather, Antony Noghès, was the founder of the Monaco Grand Prix.
  27. He rarely attends Monaco public events, however we have seen him and his family in recent years at certain big events.
  28. Some of these events include Monaco's National Day (2014, directly behind Andrea Casiraghi),  the wedding of The Prince and Princess of Monaco, and his mother's 2011 funeral service.
  29. His astrological sign is Capricorn.
  30. His life path number is 5.
  31. He was born in the year of the Ox.

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