Princess Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne “Tiny” <I>Grimaldi</I> De Massy

Princess Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne “Tiny” Grimaldi De Massy

Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 17 Mar 2011 (aged 90)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Burial Monaco-Ville, Monaco
Memorial ID 67423106 · View Source
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Princess Antoinette with her parents, brother and maternal grandfather
Spouse Alexandre-Athenase Noghès
Jean-Charles Rey
John Gilpin
Elisabeth-Anne de Massy
Christian Louis de Massy
Christine Alix de Massy
Full name
Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne Grimaldi
House House of Grimaldi
Father Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois
Mother Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
Born December 28, 1920(1920-12-28)
Paris, France
Died March 18, 2011(2011-03-18) (aged 90)
Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco

Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Countess of Polignac, Baroness of Massy (Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne Grimaldi; 28 December 1920 – 18 March 2011) was a non-dynastic member of the princely family of Monaco and the elder sister of Prince Rainier III and aunt of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. Her parents were Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois and Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois.

She was born in Paris of French, Mexican, Spanish, German, Scottish, English, Dutch, and Italian ancestry.[citation needed]

Marriages and issuePrincess Antoinette had a long-term liaison with Alexandre-Athenase Noghès, a Monegasque-born attorney and international tennis champion, in the mid 1940s. Three illegitimate children were born from this union, who lost their place in the line of succession to the Monegasque Throne with the death of Rainier III:

Elisabeth-Anne (born 1947). Married twice with two children:
Jean-Léonard Taubert-Natta de Massy (b. 1974)
Mélanie de Lusignan (b. 1985)
Christian Louis, Baron de Massy (Noghès) (b. Monaco, 17 January 1949), married firstly in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, on 14 November 1970 and divorced in 1978 María Marta Quintana y del Carril (b. London, 17 June 1951) and had one daughter, Leticia, married secondly in Ramatuelle on 11 September 1982 and divorced in 1987 Anne Michelle Lütken (28 November 1959 - London, 25 November 2001), without issue, married thirdly without issue, and married fourthly Cécile N (b. Guadeloupe), and had one son, Antoine:
Leticia de Massy (Noghès) (b. Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 16 May 1971), married to Thomas de Brouwer (b. Antwerp, 22 March 1973), two children:
Rose (2008)
Sylvestre (2008)
Antoine, Baron de Massy (Noghès) (b. 15 January 1997)
Christine Alix de Massy (Noghès) (Monaco, 8 July 1951 - Nice, 15 February 1989), married firstly in Monaco on 14 February 1972 and divorced in 1976 Charles Wayne Knecht (b. Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 23 November 1944), and had one son, and married secondly on 25 March 1988 Leon Leroy, without issue:
Keith Sebastian Knecht (b. Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 1972), married in July 1999 Donatella Dugaginy, four children:
Christine (2000)
Alexia (2001)
Vittoria (2007)
Andrea (2008)
1.Princess Antoinette and Alexandre Noghès subsequently married in Genoa on 4 December 1951 (her first, his second) and divorced in 1954.
On 15 November 1951, Antoinette was created Baroness of Massy (Baronne de Massy). Her children (Elisabeth-Anne, Christian and Christine) were named Grimaldi at birth. They subsequently had their names changed to de Massy. They claim the title of Baron/Baroness through their mother, but they are not entitled to it.[1]
2.She married her second husband, Dr. Jean-Charles Rey (Monaco, 22 October 1914 - Monaco, 17 September 1994), president of the Conseil National, the Parlement de Monaco in The Hague on 2 December 1961 and they divorced in 1974.
3.Her third and last husband was John Gilpin (Southsea, Hampshire, 10 February 1930 - London, 5 September 1983), a British ballet dancer, whom she married in Monaco on 28 July 1983. He died suddenly six weeks later.
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Having divorced[dubious – discuss] Noghès, she and her lover Jean-Charles Rey hatched a plan to depose her brother Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and declare herself Regent on the basis of having a son who would one day inherit the throne. She circulated rumours that Rainier's fiancee, actress Gisèle Pascal, was infertile. This led to the breakup of the relationship.

Rainier's marriage to Grace Kelly in 1956 and the arrival of his heirs, Princess Caroline in 1957 and Prince Albert in 1958, effectively scuttled Antoinette's plans. She was removed from the Palace by her sister-in-law, Princess Grace and thereafter was estranged from the princely family for many years.[citation needed]

She was known to be somewhat eccentric, even having been described as "completely mad" by her servants. Having been banished from Monaco in the late 1950s, she lived down the coast from Monaco at Èze, with a large collection of dogs and cats. She was the president of Monaco's Society for the Protection of Animals.[citation needed]

Upon the death of Rainier III in 2005, Antoinette and her descendants lost their place in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, due to the 2002 amendment of the succession rules.[citation needed]

[edit] DeathOn 18 March 2011 Princess Antoinette died at The Princess Grace Hospital Centre, aged 90.[2]

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Princess Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne “Tiny” Grimaldi De Massy (28 Dec 1920–17 Mar 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 67423106, citing Chapelle de la Paix, Monaco-Ville, Monaco ; Maintained by Ashley (contributor 47227142) .