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Princess Florestine
Duchess of Urach
Born(1833-10-22)22 October 1833
Fontenay-aux-Roses, Kingdom of the French
Died4 April 1897(1897-04-04) (aged 63)
Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg
Burial
Spouse
(m. 1863; died 1869)
IssueMindaugas II of Lithuania
Prince Karl
Names
Florestine Gabrielle Antoinette
HouseGrimaldi
FatherFlorestan I, Prince of Monaco
MotherMaria Caroline Gibert de Lametz

Princess Florestine Gabrielle Antoinette of Monaco (22 October 1833 – 4 April 1897) was the youngest child and only daughter of Florestan I, Prince of Monaco, and his wife, Maria Caroline Gibert de Lametz. Florestine was a member of the House of Grimaldi and a Princess of Monaco by birth and a member of the House of Württemberg and Duchess consort of Urach and Countess of Württemberg through her marriage to Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach.

Marriage and issue

Florestine married Count Wilhelm of Württemberg (later Wilhelm, 1st Duke of Urach), son of Duke Wilhelm of Württemberg and his morganatic wife Baroness Wilhelmine von Tunderfeldt-Rhodis, on 15 February 1863 in Monaco. Florestine and Wilhelm had two sons:

∞ 1892 Duchess Amalie in Bavaria (1865-1912), eldest daughter of the Duke Karl-Theodor in Bavaria
∞ 1924 Princess Wiltrud Alix Marie of Bavaria (1884-1975), sixth daughter of Ludwig III of Bavaria

Florestine's husband Wilhelm had converted to Roman Catholicism, in 1841, for his first marriage to Théodolinde de Beauharnais, who died in 1857.[1]

Monaco Succession Crisis of 1918

Main article: Monaco Succession Crisis of 1918

Florestine, according to the rules governing succession to the throne of Monaco, was able to marry without relinquishing her rights. When her grandnephew Louis II, Prince of Monaco, ascended to the Monegasque throne, Florestine's son Wilhelm claimed his rights for his succession to the princely throne of Monaco and the Grimaldi noble titles. However, France had undergone two wars against Germany and did not wish to see German princes ruling the Principality of Monaco. Therefore, France reached an agreement with the principality allowing the illegitimate daughter of Louis II, Charlotte, to be his heir presumptive to the princely throne and Grimaldi noble titles. Charlotte renounced and ceded her rights to the princely throne on 30 May 1944 to her son Rainier who became Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.

Honours

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ "Essai de Généalogie, par Alain GARRIC - Geneanet".
  2. ^ Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Königreich Württemberg (1886/7), "Königliche Orden" p. 104