Another royal wedding! Prince of Monaco Andrea Casiraghi announces engagement to socialite Tatiana Santo Domingo
13:56 GMT, 5 July 2012
Princess Caroline of Monaco has announced the engagement of her eldest son and second in line to the throne of the principality, Andrea Casiraghi, to the Swiss born heiress and socialite Tatiana Santo Domingo.
Tatiana is the daughter of the late Julio Santo Domingo, named by Forbes in 2011 as the second richest man in Colombia, and Vera Rechulski , a former Brazilian socialite from Sao Paolo currently living in Paris.
In a statement today, Princess Caroline declared that she ‘had the joy’ to announce the engagement of Andrea and Tatiana, who are both 28.
Royal wedding: Second in line to Monaco's throne, Andrea Casiraghi, is engaged to Swiss-born socialite Tatiana Santo Domingo, pictured dancing together in May
They have known each other for seven years and met whilst studying at the same school in Paris. No date has been fixed for the royal wedding but it is understood it will take place next year.
Andrea Casiraghi, the grandson of Grace Kelly is the son of the late Stefano Casiraghi, the second husband of Caroline , who died in a boating accident off Monte Carlo in 1990.
Prince and princess-to-be: The couple have known each other for seven years and met whilst studying at the same school in Paris
Gracious grandchildren: Siblings Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre Andrea Casiraghi are the grandchildren of the late Grace Kelly
The Monaco princes’ lives are not without recent controversy.
December Andrea was stopped by Police for speeding at 170 mph.His Audi 6
was immobilised, his driving license seized and he had to return to
Paris by train.
Happy mother-in-law: Princess Caroline, daughter of Grace Kelly, declared that she had the joy to announce the engagement of Andrea and Tatiana today
In February this year his younger
brother Pierre, 24, allegedly got into a fight with a stranger at an
exclusive New York nightclub because he was ‘jealous’ of him.
Socialite genes: Both Tatiana and Lauren Santo Domingo (pictured) are prominent socialites in New York
Pierre was punched and sent flying into a table on the other side of the room, landing with blood pouring from his face.
‘Pierre’s face looked broken, with deep cuts and blood everywhere,’ said one witness. ‘He looked like he needed plastic surgery'.
French media have dubbed elder brother Andrea as an 'enfant terrible' and the 'angel rebel'.
In 1999 he was included on the 50 most beautiful people list. Four years later, he was voted the most stylish royal man by readers of Hello magazine, and in 2008, Forbes placed him tenth on its '20 Hottest Young Royals' list.
In 2011, Tatiana Santo Domingo launched the Muzungu Sisters fashion venture in partnership with Dana Alikhani.
Both Tatiana and Lauren Santo Domingo, the 36-year-old co-founder of ModaOperandi, a Vogue contributing editor and married to Tatiana's half-uncle, are prominent socialites in New York.
Tatiana is internationally known for her unique fashion sense, said to vary from the elegant to the vintage and boho chic.
She has cited Loulou de la Falaise as her style guru. Tatiana was included in 2010 on the international best dressed list.