Princess Antoinette of Monaco,
Baroness of Massy (Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne
Grimaldi; born Paris, 28 December
1920), is a non-dynastic member of the princely family of Monaco and the
elder sister of the late Prince Rainier III and aunt of
Albert II, Prince of
Her parents were Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois
Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
is of French, Mexican, Spanish, German,
Scottish, English, Dutch,
and Italian ancestry.
Marriages and issue
Princess Antoinette had a long-term liaison with Alexandre-Athenase Noghès
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
succession to the Monegasque Throne
with the death of Rainier
- Elisabeth-Anne (born
1947). Married twice with two children:
- 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, married secondly Cécile N (b.
Guadeloupe), without issue, married thirdly in Ramatuelle on 11 September 1982 and divorced in 1987 Anne
Michelle Lütken (28 November 1959 - London, 25 November
2001), and had one son, and married fourthly ..., and had one
- Laetizia de Massy (Noghès) (b. Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 16 May 1971), married to Thomas de Brouwer (b. Antwerp, 22 March
1973), without issue
- Brice Baron de Massy (Noghès) (b. 1988)
- Antoine Baron de Massy (Noghès) (b. 1996? or 1997)
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:
- 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
They claim the title of Baron/Baroness through their
mother, but they are not entitled to it.
married her second husband, 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
third and last husband was John
Gilpin (Southsea, Hampshire, 10 February
1930 - Monte
Carlo or London, 5 September
1983), a renowned British ballet dancer, whom she married in Monaco on 28 July
1983. He died suddenly six weeks later.
Having divorced Noghès
, she and her lover
hatched a plan to
depose her brother Rainier III
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
, was infertile. This led to the breakup of the
Rainier's marriage to Grace Kelly
1956 and the arrival of his heirs, Princess Caroline
in 1957 and
effectively scuttled Antoinette's plans.
She was removed from the Palace by Grace. She maintained a somewhat
distant relationship with the Princely Family for many years. The
relationship improved with time.
Princess Antoinette is 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 lives down the coast from Monaco
at Èze, with a
large collection of dogs and cats.
Princess Antoinette and her descendants lost their place in the
succession to the Monegasque Throne
in 2002 with the reform of
the succession rules, with the death of Rainier III.
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Baron Christian de Massy & Charles Higham (1986, Atheneum, ISBN
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Perez Gallardo, Historia Genealogica de las Familias mas
Antiguas de Mexico, Tercera edicion, [Mexico: Carranza,
- Christian de Massy, Palace: My Life in the Royal Family of
Monaco. London: Bodley Head, 1986