On the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier of Monaco, Marquis of Baux and Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, Countess of Carladès, were baptized (in the Roman Catholic faith) during obligatory Sunday Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco. The baptism was presided over by Archbishop Bernard Barsi. The godparents for HSH Hereditary Prince Jacques are: Mr. Christopher LeVine, Jr. and Mrs. Diane de Polignac Nigra. For HSH Princess Gabriella the godparents are: Mr. Gareth Wittstock and Mrs. Nerine Pienaar.
Guests in attendance included Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Mr. Andrea Casiraghi, Mr. Pierre Casiraghi and his beautiful fiancée, Miss Beatrice Borromeo, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Mr. Louis Ducruet, Miss Pauline Ducruet, Miss Camille Gottlieb, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy and her daughter, Miss Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, Mrs. Donatella Knecht de Massy (Princess Charlene’s Maid of Honor), Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wittstock, Mr. Sean Wittstock and his lovely wife, Chantel, Ms. Roisin Galvin (fiancée of Mr. Gareth Wittstock), Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher LeVine, TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Castro, Danish designer Ms. Isabella Christensen, Monégasque free-diver Mr. Pierre Frolla, numerous Monégasque government officials, and friends of Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
After the Mass and baptism, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene met with well-wishers along the Rue Bellando de Castro on the way to the Palais. Once inside the Palais Princier the princely couple along with their precious little ones — Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella — their godparents made their way into the Salon des Glaces, where Hereditary Prince Jacques received the Grand-Croix dans l’Ordre de Grimaldi and Princess Gabriella received the Grand Officier dans l’Ordre de Grimaldi. While the godparents of Prince Jacques were named the Officers of the Ordre de Saint-Charles and the godparents of Princess Gabriella were named Officers of the Ordre de Grimaldi.
And, with that, warmest congrats as well as many blessings to Their Serene Highnesses and their sweet little ones!
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Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier