Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Royal Profile: Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy

Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy (aka Elisabeth-Anne Grimaldi at birth) was born 13 January 1947 the daughter of Princess Antointte of Monaco, thus the niece of Prince Rainier and first cousin of reigning Prince Albert of Monaco and Alexandre-Athenase Noghès{Source}. Her paternal great-great grandfather, Alexandre was the founder of the Monte Carlo Automobile Club and former general treasurer of Monaco's state finances, and his father Anthony (1890–1978), created the first Grand Prix ever raced in a city, the world famous Grand Prix de Monaco{Source}. At the time of her birth, her parents were not married; they subsequently married in 1951, placing her and her two younger siblings in line for the throne of Monaco{Source}.

She and her two siblings were originally given the surname Grimaldi, but when her mother received the Barony of Massy as a wedding present from her brother upon her December 1951, then Princess Antoinette changed her children's last name to de Massy. However, Elisabeth and her siblings are not entitled to use Baron or Baroness of Massy as it is not considered hereditary nor do they have the courtesy titles as the children of a baroness. Elisabeth-Anne is a baroness via her first marriage.

Elisabeth has been married twice, and has two children-one from each marriage-and a daughter-in-law:
  1. Baron Bernard Alexandre Taubert-Natta (m 1974-1983, he died in 1989)
    1. Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta (1974-)
      1. Baroness Susanna Taubert-Natta (m. 2009)
  2. Nicolai Vladimir Costello (m. October 1984-1985)
    1. Melanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy (1985, professionally known as Melanie-Antoinette de Massy) 

She is well known for her charitable works in Monaco. Elisabeth is President of the Monegasque Tennis Federation and of the Monte Carlo Country Club. She and her daughter Melanie also appear with the family on the balcony annually at Monaco's National Day celebrations. In April 2015, she appeared with her daughter Melanie and cousin Prince Albert II, during the renaming of the Monte Carlo Tennis Courts {Photos}.

With the death of her uncle in 2005, she lost her place in the line of succession for the Monégasque throne, however, she, her children, and her brother. his family and her youngest sister (who died in 1989)'s son and his family remain in the "pool" of familial persons eligible to be selected for the Crown in the event of the extinction of the descendants of Prince Rainier.

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