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Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte CasiraghiCharlotte Casiraghi, born the 3rd of August 1986 is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover - daughter of Princess Grace of Monaco, and Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi. She is fifth in line to the royal throne of Monaco. Charlotte and her two brothers, Andrea and Pierre, were born in the Mediterranean Principality of Monaco, ruled by their maternal grandfather, Prince Rainier III.

She is living evidence that the genes that her grandmother, Grace Kelly, passed down have lasted through two generations and are still producing exceptionally beautiful women.

At the age of four years old she lost her father when he was killed in a boating accident. After his death, Princess Caroline moved the family to the Midi village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France in order to minimize their exposure to the intrusions of the press.

In January 1999, Charlotte gained a stepfather and two stepbrothers - Prince Ernst of Hanover and Prince Christian of Hanover, when her mother married Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. Six months later, Casiraghi's half-sister, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, was born at a clinic in Vöcklabruck, Austria. The family then moved to the Parisian suburb of Fontainebleau.

Charlotte CasiraghiFrom 2001 through 2004, as a member of Marcel Rozier's Team Marionnaud, horse loving Casiraghi participated in a number of Junior and Amateur class show jumping competitions. She was trained successively by both of Rozier's sons, first by Philippe and then by Thierry Rozier. Casiraghi can claim a mix of French, Italian, Monégasque, English, Swedish, American, German, Scottish and Irish ancestry.

From the ages of two to six, Casiraghi attended Les Dames de Saint Maur in Saint Michel. At the age of six, she moved on to the École de la République, and then to the Collège Glanum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

From 2000 to 2004, she attended the Lycée François Couperin in Fontainebleau where she received an excellent mark on her baccalaureate exam in July 2004.

After passing her baccalaureate, she enrolled in the hypokhâgne and khâgne course at the Lycée Fénelon, in St-Germain-des-Près, in the hope of entering the École Normale Supérieure (ENS).

Charlotte CasiraghiShe took the written entrance exam for ENS in June 2006, but failed to make the list of candidates eligible to proceed to the oral exam. Casiraghi then earned a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne. She completed two internships, first with the publishing house of Robert Laffont in Paris and then in October of 2007 with the Sunday magazine supplement of The Independent Newspaper of London.

As the niece of the Sovereign of Monaco, Casiraghi undertakes occasional official engagements in Monaco. In 2010, she assumed the role of Honorary President of the Jumping International de Monte-Carlo, a role previously fulfilled by her mother. Since 1997, by the appointment of her grandfather, Casiraghi has been patroness of the Public Safety Division, Maritime and Airport Police of Monaco.

In 2009, and again in 2011, she joined her uncle for the presentation of the trophies for the Monaco Grand Prix automobile race - a duty usually handled by her mother. Every year since 2006, she has attended the Rose Ball (French: Bal de la Rose) to help raise funds for the Princess Grace Foundation.

Charlotte CasiraghiIn June 2009, Casiraghi, accompanied by her uncle Albert II, Prince of Monaco, appeared on the French television programme Stade 2 to speak about her recent enrollment in the Global Champions Tour. It was her first experience of public speaking in which she came across poised and confident.

Since returning to the show jumping sport in April 2009 after a four-year hiatus, she continues to train with Thierry Rozier. Casiraghi and the bay gelding named GI Joe participated in the 2009 Global Champions Tour in Valencia, Spain, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Estoril, Rio de Janeiro and Valkenswaard.

Casiraghi continued participation in the Global Champions Tour throughout 2010. For the most part, she rode two different horses - Troy, a chestnut stallion, and Tintero, a grey gelding.

Casiraghi was named the official equestrian Ambassador of Gucci. For her competitions, the creative director for Gucci, Frida Giannini, designs her clothes, which are made only for Charlotte and are never retailed for the general public. At the 2012 Gucci Masters Equestrian Competition, Casiraghi attended in redface, complete with face paint, a headband, choker necklace, and feather earrings.

Charlotte CasiraghiCasiraghi is a published writer and magazine editor which includes work for AnOther Magazine and the Sunday supplement to the British based The Independent newspaper in the late months of 2007. She was the editor-at-large for Above Magazine in 2009. With two friends, she left that role in order to focus on the founding of the ecological/fashion-related Ever Manifesto.

Through her work as the editor-at-large for Above Magazine, Casiraghi befriended Stella McCartney, whom she interviewed for the magazine's first issue. McCartney enlightened Casiraghi and readers as to the many ways the fashion industry can harm the ecosystem.

Also for Above, Casiraghi was instrumental in securing an interview with Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano - which had to take place in secret thanks to Saviano’s dissection of the Mafia according to Women's Wear Daily.

On the 21st of September 2009, Casiraghi announced plans to publish 3,000 copies of Ever Manifesto, a free publication on the fashion industry's harmful impact on the global environment and to promote sustainability in fashion.

Charlotte CasiraghiCasiraghi revealed that her collaborators with the Loro Piana-funded project are the socialite Alexia Niedzielski and advertising executive Elizabeth von Guttman. She also revealed that the environmentally conscious designer Stella McCartney, as well as her own uncle Prince Albert II, greatly enlightened and influenced her.

"It's only been recently that I've questioned the way that I've been consuming. I haven’t been as conscious as I should have been."

The debut issue of Ever Manifesto was distributed for free at the 10 Corso Como boutique during Milan Fashion Week, and again at Colette in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. She says that the magazine will not have a predetermined publication schedule.

"We want to publish when we have something to say or people to support," she said.

"It will be short and meaningful so that people will read it."

Charlotte CasiraghiThe day after the publication of her La Stampa interview on the 22nd of September, Casiraghi joined her partners, Niedzielski and Guttman, at the gallery of Michelangelo Pistoletto, in the town of Biella, in the Italian region of Piemonte.

Along with the artist and the Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Casiraghi unveiled plans for Ever Manifesto, and the Città dell'arte Fashion: Bio Ethical Sustainable Trend.

On the 5th of October 2009, Casiraghi was a VIP guest at the Stella McCartney show in Paris. Sitting on the front row with Dasha Zhukova, Sir Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, she told Women's Wear Daily about Ever Manifesto.

Copies of the magazine's first issue were left on the seats before the show.

"We will announce succeeding issues on the website soon," she said.

Charlotte CasiraghiCasiraghi attends official functions in Monaco, such as a fundraising gala for AMADE Mondiale and Nelson Mandela's foundation in September 2007. In 2006, she made her debut appearance at Monaco's Rose Ball (French: Bal de la Rose), which also raises money for the Princess Grace Foundation.

Since childhood, she and her brothers have made regular appearances with their family on occasions such as the Monaco National Day and the Grand Prix of Monaco.

Casiraghi and her partner, French actor and comedian Gad Elmaleh, now have a son named Raphaël, born in Monaco on the 17th of December 2013. Charlotte is fluent in French, Italian, English and also speaks a little German.

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Interview - Charlotte Casiraghi and Jan Tops - GCT Monaco 2011



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