Why Monaco’s Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, is high fashion’s newest muse to watch

Princess Alexandra of Hanover, granddaughter of Grace Kelly. Photo: @missnostalgiamc/Instagram

It seems fashion has found its newest muse. Meet Princess Alexandra of Hanover, the only daughter of Princess Caroline and Prince Ernst of Hanover and the granddaughter of fashion icon, Grace Kelly.

Born on July 20, 1999, and raised in Austria, the young princess is 12th in line to the Monegasque throne. She converted to Catholicism in October 2018, disqualifying her from the British line of succession.

She has three half-siblings (Andrea Albert Pierre, Charlotte Marie Pomeline and Pierre Rainier Stefano) from her mother’s previous marriage to the late businessman Stefano Casiraghi. On the paternal side, she has two half-brothers, Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Prince Christian of Hanover. One of her cousins is Jazmine Grace Grimaldi, the real life teen who found out she was a royal descendant – like Anne Hathaway’s Mia Thermopolis in Princess Diaries.

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Here are five things to know about Princess Alexandra and why she is fashion’s latest obsession.

Her family is equally stylish and athletic

Style and athleticism are in Princess Alexandra’s genes. Her fashionable relatives include sister Charlotte Casiraghi and sister-in-laws Alessandra de Osma, Princess Ekaterina, Tatiana Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo – all of whom are front row fixtures at fashion week.

Her family is also well-known in sports. Her uncle, Prince Albert, took part in five Winter Olympics Games, and is a member of the International Olympic Committee while her aunt, Princess Charlene was a swimmer at the 2000s Olympic Games.

She’s a competitive figure skater

Princess Alexandra has been a well-known competitive figure skater since the age of 10. She represented Monaco at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival and took part at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition in the same year at the age of 16. She looks up to Italian figure skater and 2014 Olympic bronze medallist and European champion, Carolina Kostner.

She regularly attends fashion shows

Princess Alexandra’s family has close ties to Chanel. Her mum was the face of Chanel in the 1980s and her sister, Charlotte, commissioned the fashion house to design her second wedding dress, so it’s not surprising that she regularly attends the Chanel shows.

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But this season’s couture fashion show is where she confirmed her “it girl” status. She sat front row at the Dior and Stephane Rolland shows with jewellery designer Sabine Getty, and socialites Lauren Santo Domingo and Alexa Chung.

She borrows clothes from her mother

Princess Alexandra spoke to Spanish publication Telva about her habit of borrowing clothes from her mother’s wardrobe and not always asking permission. Since people are more cautious about the repercussions of buying more clothes, she said, “I suppose that taking clothes from my mother’s closet is more sustainable.”

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She takes her studies seriously

The princess is currently studying political science and philosophy at New York University – however she’s said that her true goal is to pursue a career related to art and fashion.


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Following in the footsteps of her Hollywood grandmother Grace Kelly and her mother, former Chanel face Princess Caroline, Princess Alexandra is an NYU student, competitive figure skater and fashion show regular who hangs front row with tastemakers Sabine Getty, Lauren Santo Domingo and Alexa Chung