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Name: Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi                                             
Born: 3 August 1986                                                                   
Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (born August 3, 1986, at the Princess Grace       
Clinic in Monte Carlo, Monaco), also known as Charlotte of Monaco, is the             
daughter of HSH Princess Caroline of Monaco (now styled HRH Princess of Hanover       
by marriage) and, Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist. She is named           
after her maternal great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte of Monaco. She is           
popular with the paparazzi and society reporters, who find her stylish good           
looks to be reminiscent of her mother and maternal grandmother, American Actress     
Grace Kelly. She has many relatives in the United States where her grandmother       
was from; when her mother, Princess Caroline, was younger, Casiraghi would spend     
holidays at her grandparents' home in Monte Carlo. Although she holds no title,       
she is fourth in line to the throne of Monaco.                                       
Along with her two brothers, Andrea and Pierre, she grew up in the tiny               
Mediterranean principality ruled over by her maternal grandfather, Rainier III       
of Monaco. When she was four years old, her father was killed in a boating           
accident. Distraught, Princess Caroline moved the family to the beautiful Midi       
village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France where the children grew up protected     
from the inquisitive eyes of the press.                                               
When she was five, her paternal grandparents, Giancarlo and Fernanda Casiraghi,       
gave her a small island off Sardinia reportedly valued at US $7 million, or $9       
million according to one source.                                                     
In January 1999, she gained a stepfather when Princess Caroline married her           
friend's husband Ernst August V, Prince of Hanover. Five months later, Casiraghi's   
half-sister, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, was born at a clinic in Austria. The     
family then moved to the Parisian suburb of Fontainebleau, so Princess Caroline       
and her new husband would have a base closer to his German roots and his             
children from a previous marriage, who live in London with their mother Chantal       
Hochuli. Casiraghi continued to pursue show jumping in her new community by           
participating in a number of Junior and Amateur class equestrian competitions.       
Her then-trainer, Thierry Rozier, was quoted in the US magazine Newsweek saying       
that Casiraghi wanted to be seen as a serious show jumping athlete, rather than       
a socialite.                                                                         
Casiraghi was linked to Felix Winckler, the son of a Brussels-based                   
international attorney, from 2004 to late 2006 or early 2007. The popular             
Italian magazine, Novella 2000, broke the news that Casiraghi and Felix have         
parted ways after three years of romance. Felix was always seen with Casiraghi       
and whether they were skiing in Austria or aboard Princess Caroline's yacht,         
PACHA III, they were always very affectionate. Casiraghi is very close with           
Felix's sister, Cecile, who introduced Felix to Casiraghi in 2003.Casiraghi is a     
private person, but occasionally attends official functions. Since childhood,         
she and her brothers have made regular appearances with their family on               
occasions such as the Monaco National Day and the Monaco Grand Prix; however,         
Princess Caroline has tried to minimize publicity in spite of the increasingly       
intense interest of Europe's mass media.                                             
At 16, Casiraghi was named number ten on a list of the world's Most Eligible         
young women. Furthermore, Casiraghi upstaged her uncle Prince Albert on the           
day of his own Investiture ceremony on National Day 2005; while she did not           
attend the actual Investiture, she was the most-talked about presence on the         
palace balcony and at an opera performance that evening. Nevertheless,               
despite a closet full of designer dresses from the likes of Chanel and Alberta       
Ferretti, Casiraghi's life has been relatively similar to other women in her         
circles. Vanity Fair, selected Casiraghi as one of the International Best             
Dressed List of 2006.                                                                 
Nowadays, Casiraghi is photographed at fashion shows, art exhibits, and               
other high-profile events. Two of her most notable appearances were the occasion     
of Monaco's Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose), an annual event to raise money for the       
Princess Grace Foundation and the occasion of her 18th birthday "champagne           
and fireworks gala" at La Vigie, her mother's luxurious villa on the French           
Riviera. 450 people, including designers Karl Lagerfeld, who designed                 
Casiraghi's one-of-a-kind gown, and Christian Louboutin were invited.                 
She is now rumoured to be dating Alexander Dellal and enjoying an extended stay       
in London where she is doing a work experience as an intern at the London             
newspaper, the Independent.