The Grimaldi are one of the most anticipated Royal Houses in the world and they are about to take another step closer to the citizens. They are going to do it through a film and other formats that have not yet been defined that will allow us to discover the origins of this dynasty and how it came to be in Monaco. “A tale of adventure and intrigue” that Andrea Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo and Dimitri Rassam will begin recording in 2024. Princess Caroline’s eldest son had the idea and figured out the story with the help of his brother and brothers-in-law. The archives of the palace, where they found authentic treasures that are now about to see the light of day on a journey through time.
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The Grimaldis are the oldest ruling royal family in Europe, dating back over eight centuries. He was born in Italy. Otto Canella, consul of Genoa, founded the dynasty in 1113 and named it after the son of a statesman named Grimaldo. In 1215 construction began on the fortress that now houses the Palace, which was one of the most prestigious enclaves during the confrontation between the Empire (Ghibellines) and the Church (Guelphs). On this last side were the Grimaldi, a powerful shipping expert family that supported the Pope at the time and included Francesco Grimaldi, who had conquered Monaco in 1297.
Known as “Il Malizia”, a name that has been used centuries later by Pierre Casiraghi for the sailing team with which he competes, on the night of January 8, 1297, he tonsured as a Franciscan monk. Dressed in and concealed his weapons in his habit, asked Heaven on the Rock. When he was allowed entry, he killed the guards guarding the fort to establish a dynasty in this little corner of Europe. The conquest expanded over time, but historically Francisco is considered the founder of the principality and the coat of arms of Grimaldi attests to this. In this emblem you can see two Franciscans wielding a sword, surrounded by the collar of the Order of San Carlos, on a red cloak lined with ermine, topped with the prince’s crown and the motto: DEO JUVANTE (With God’s help).
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Two years before annexing the principality, Francisco Grimaldi married Aurelia del Carretto, with whom he had no children. On his death, in 1309, he was succeeded by his cousin and stepson Rainier I, who belonged to the same branch of the Grimaldi we know today, although it should be noted that in 1793, at the height of the French Revolution , Monaco lost its independence. The head of state is Alberto de Monaco since April 2005, when his father, Rainier III, whose centenary was celebrated exactly in 2023, died. The heir apparent is Prince Jacques, born in December 2014 as Princess Gabriella’s twin.
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All aspects of this inter-generational story will be featured in a film titled Part I: The Rock. “The true story of the founding of the Grimaldi of Monaco seven centuries ago is one of the most captivating stories that I have had the opportunity to discover thanks to the initiative of Beatrice, Andrea and Pierre”, Dimitri Rassam linked to Charlotte, daughter of Caroline of Monaco this family through his marriage to Casiraghi. The producer, together with his brothers, is these days at the Cannes Film Festival, where perhaps in a few months they will be able to present this very personal project, which shares overtones with the successful series about The Crown. Windsor.
Charlotte Casiraghi, Dimitri Rassam and Beatrice Borromeo at Cannes
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