• Tue, Jan 23 2007

Happy 50th Birthday, Princess Caroline!

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Princess Caroline, who is both Princess of Monaco and Princess of Hanover, celebrates her 50th birthday today, January 23. The daughter of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace (Kelly) turned 50. The photo above is her as a newborn with her mother.

Here are more photos taken throughout her life, which has been touched by both “glamour and tragedy”:

With her father, mother, brother Albert and younger sister Stephanie:

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During the 25th year of Prince Rainier’s reign in 1974:

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A 19-year-old Prince Caroline:

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Her wedding to businessman Philippe Junot on June 28, 1978. She was 21; they divorced 2 years later.

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At her mother’s funeral in 1982. Princess Grace died tragically in a car crash:

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Princess Caroline married Italian Stefano Casiraghi on December 29, 1983. They had 3 children: Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre. Stefano died on October 30, 1990 in a speedboat accident. After his death, Princess Caroline retreated from public life.

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The Princess left Monaco and raised her three children in France. They return to their former home on official occasions such as Monaco’s national day:

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Princess Caroline married Prince Ernst of Hanover in January 1999. The marriage made her a Princess of Hanover, addressed as Her Royal Highness, instead of the previous Her Serene Highness. The couple have a daughter, Alexandra.

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More recent photos of the Princess, with her daughters Charlotte and Alexandra:

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Happy birthday, Princess Caroline!

via Hello! (photos by AFP, Getty, Rex)

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