A closer look at Monaco's line of succession

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Prince Albert II of Monaco salutes the troops during the Monaco's National Day celebrations which doubles as Prince Albert II's enthronement celebrations, at Monaco Palace on 19 November 2005 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Prince Albert II of Monaco salutes the troops during the Monaco's National Day celebrations which doubles as Prince Albert II's enthronement celebrations, at Monaco Palace on 19 November 2005 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
  • Prince Albert II is the reigning Prince of Monaco and has been since 6 April 2005.
  • The Sovereign Prince is the son of Prince Ranier III (who reigned from 1923-2005) and actor, Grace Kelly.
  • Here we look at the Monegasque line of succesion, which will see Jacques, who the prince shares with Princess Charlene, ascend the throne after his father.


Prince Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, was first appointed regent in 2005 after his father fell ill, before ascending the throne a week later, on 6 April 2005.

The son of Prince Ranier III (who reigned from 1923-2005) and actor, Grace Kelly, he is the head of the Princely House of Grimaldi, and in accordance with the Constitution and laws, exercises his authority. He retains executive power over all legislation proposed by the National Council.

Albert, an athlete in his youth, competed in the bobsleigh at five consecutive Winter Olympics for Monaco, and met South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2000 at the Mare Nostrum swimming meet in Monaco. The couple were married on 1 July 2011 and went on to welcome twins, Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, and Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, on 10 December 2014, making Jacques the heir apparent to the throne.

Here we look at the line of succession to the Monegasque throne:

Note: Children born to a dynast while their parents are not married are not eligible to ascend the throne, unless their parents wed, per Civil Code 229. Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, the son of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Nicole Coste, born in 2003, therefore will not ascend the throne ahead of Prince Jacques, unless his parents are married.

Prince Rainier III (1949–2005)

Prince Albert II (b. 1958)

Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste (b. 2003)

(1) Hereditary Prince Jacques (b. 2014)

(2) Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès (b. 2014)

(3) Caroline, Princess of Hanover (b. 1957)

(4) Andrea Casiraghi (b. 1984)

(5) Alexandre (Sasha) Casiraghi (b. 2013)

(6) Maximilian Casiraghi (b. 2018)

(7) India Casiraghi (b. 2015)

(8) Pierre Casiraghi (b. 1987)

(9) Stefano Casiraghi (b. 2017)

(10) Francesco Casiraghi (b. 2018)

(11) Charlotte Casiraghi (b. 1986)

Raphaël Elmaleh (b. 2013)

(12) Balthazar Rassam (b. 2018)

(13) Princess Alexandra of Hanover (b. 1999)

(14) Princess Stéphanie (b. 1965)

(15) Louis Ducruet (b. 1992)

(16) Pauline Ducruet (b. 1994)

Camille Gottlieb (b. 1998)  

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