22 March 2011

HSH Princess Antoinette

After all the razzmatazz of the Venetians, let's pause for peace in the Japanese Garden.

A sad time in Monaco at the moment as Princess Antoinette died a few days ago. Princess Antoinette was the sister of Prince Rainier, father to Prince Albert and his sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie. She was 90 years old. The Principality is now in mourning for two weeks with the funeral taking place on Thursday. She had quite a life and was married three times - click on the link.

Princess Antoinette adored dogs, indeed she kept many dogs at her house, Au Bout du Monde, at Eze-bord-de-Mer. She was involved in animals rights and was President of Monaco's Society for the Protection of Animals. She was very knowledgeable on the subject of dogs and I remember a lovely conversation I had with her at one of the Monaco dog shows when I sat opposite her at lunch that day.


joanna said...

Princess Antoinette prayers for her journey home, she sounded like a very fine woman. Nice that you actually got to have a good conversation with a kindred spirit of lovers of animals.


Janet Steele (nee Worrall) said...

Rest in Peace dear Princess, you were so lovely and kind to me when I was a child. I will always remember you

Tanya Breese said...

how wonderful that you had the chance to talk with her!!

Jilly said...

Janet, as I said on Facebook, I'd completely forgotten how well you knew Princess Antoinette. Of course now I well remember our conversation about her. So sorry - I would have written you privately. Take care, love Jilly x

Ann (MobayDP) said...

She sounded like a very interesting person who led quite an...exciting...and long life! :)

Anyone who loves dogs and cats has to have a kind heart.

Unknown said...

90 is a good age for anyone, even royalty.
So MC will be in a rather sombre mood when we arrive next week.

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