Saturday, December 10, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Gabriella of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès

Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès was born 10 December 2014 as the first legitimate child of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco {Source}. She has two older half siblings and a younger twin brother:

For approximately two minutes of her life, she was her father's heir{Source}. Her younger brother Jacques displaced her upon his birth two minutes after her birth{Source}.

She was baptized on 10 May 2015{Photos}. Her godparents were chosen by her mother, and were {Source}:

  • Garreth Wittstock (maternal uncle)
  • Nerine Pienaar (mother's friend)

Even though she is only two years old, she has had her share of royal appearances. In January 2015, her parents debuted her and her brother on the palace balcony{Photos}. In July 2015, they appeared with palace staff on the balcony during their father's 10 year anniversary celebrations {Photos}. In August 2015, they attended the annual picnic in Princesse Antoinette de Monaco Parc {Photos}. In November 2015, they attended their first National Day celebrations and the 2015 March for Climate {Photos}{Photos}.  In 2016, she joined her parents and younger brother for a balcony appearance during Monaco's National Day celebrations {Photos}

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

She was named{Source}:
  • Gabriella: A name her parents liked and thought was "charming" 
  • Thérèse Marie: For the youngest child of her ancestor Honoré II or it could be for her great-great aunt Thérèse de Polignac and her great grandmother, Marie Juliette Louvett

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