On July 1 and 2, the tiny principality of Monaco became the center of the royal-watching world. Prince Albert II of Monaco married his long-time girlfriend Charlene Wittstock, who is now Princess Charlene of Monaco. But while the principality at the Mediterranean coast basked in glamour and sunshine, dark clouds and rumours cast their shadow on the festivities.
The times are changing, and – taking in account the age of many of the monarchs worldwide – it is safe to assume that the coming years, we will see at least a few changes in the succession lines. Time to take a closer look at all those heirs, how they have prepared for their duties and how they are perceived among the public. Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco, is quite unique in this series, as she is the only heir presumptive to be discussed in here.
Princess Antoinette of Monaco, elder sister of Prince Rainier and aunt of Prince Albert II, died overnight on 18 March 2011 at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, aged 90. She celebrated her 90th birthday with a party in January although her birthday was the previous month. It was reported that she had been having various health problems recently, although the cause of death was not disclosed.
It’s been less than three weeks since the Palace of Monaco announced the engagement of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to Miss Charlene Wittstock, and while one assumes that the engaged couple and the principality are extremely happy, you can visit any royal discussion forum and get swept up by the intense dislike that is thrown Miss Wittstock’s way. It makes me wonder why everyone (or nearly everyone) hates on Charlene.
Royalty watchers all over the world must have seen it coming. At the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Charlene Wittstock was treated with all the honour the fiancée of a reigning Prince would receive, which fuelled rumours about a possible engagement, and now the Palace has confirmed: Prince Albert II of Monaco is engaged to Miss Charlene Wittstock.