February 1, 1965 – Birth of Princess Stephanie of Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Stéphanie was born to Rainier III and Grace Kelly at Prince's Palace in Monaco. She is the youngest of their three children, after Caroline and Albert II. Stéphanie was named after her great-great-great-great-grandmother Stéphanie de Beauharnais. Her mother, who described Stéphanie as a "warm, bright, amusing, intelligent and capable girl" and a "good athlete", lovingly called her "wild child.”
On 13 September 1982, while returning home from their farm in Rocagel, France, Stéphanie and her mother had a car accident. Grace died the next day, on September 14, while Stéphanie sustained a hairline fracture of a neck vertebra. Although the official version was that Grace suffered a stroke while driving, it was rumoured that Stéphanie, who had to miss her mother's funeral due to her recovery, was the one actually driving.
Stéphanie is fluent in French, Monegasque, English and Italian. She was educated at the Dames de Saint-Maur in Monaco, and then at the Dupanloup in Paris, France. Stéphanie received her baccalauréat in 1982. During her school years, she studied classic dance and piano, and also competed in gymnastics and horse riding. Stéphanie had a brief career has a singer, swimwear designer and fashion model.
In 1992, she began a relationship with her bodyguard Daniel Ducruet with whom she had two children. The children were included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne when Stéphanie married Ducruet in 1995 but divorced in 1996. Stéphanie had a third child, Camille, in 1998. As her parents never married, Camille is not included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.
In 2003, Stéphanie married Portuguese acrobat Adans Lopez Peres, a marriage ended in divorce on 24 November 2004. She is currently 11th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.