Thursday, December 10, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco

Princess Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco was born 10 December 2014 as the second legitimate child of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco {Source}. He has two older half siblings and an older twin sister:
  1. Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992)
  2. Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste Grimaldi (2003)
  3. Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès (2014)

He was baptized on 10 May 2015{Photos}. His godparents were chosen by his father, and were {Source}:
  1. Christopher LeVine, Jr (son of Prince Albert's cousin, who would be Jacques's 2nd cousin on the Kelly side)
  2. Diane de Polignac Nigra (She is Prince Pierre's great-niece through her mother Thérèse de Polignac...which if I did the math right, that would make her and Jacques 4th cousins)
Even though he is only a year old, he has had her share of royal appearances. In January, his parents debuted him and his sister on the palace balcony{Photos}. In July, they appeared with palace staff on the balcony during their father's 10 year anniversary celebrations {Photos}. In August, they attended  the annual picnic in Princesse Antoinette de Monaco Parc {Photos}. In November, they attended their first National Day celebrations and the 2015 March for Climate {Photos}{Photos}.

At seven months old, Jacques and his sister were trained by the South African Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy to have water survival skills{Photos}.

He  was named{Source}:
  • Jacques: For Jacques I who reigned in the 1730s and a name that his parents thought had strong connections to both South Africa and France. When he reigns, he will reign as Jacques II.
  •  Honoré: for several previous Monegasque monarchs
  • Rainier: For his paternal grandfather

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