The name of the eight-in-line to the Monégasque throne has been revealed. Hola! Magazine had the exclusive scoop on the newborn’s name, who was born on 28 February at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre in Monaco. The baby boy has been named Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi. He is the first child of Pierre Casiraghi and his wife, Italian aristocrat and journalist, Beatrice Borromeo; he is also the fourth grandchild of Princess Caroline – the older sister of Prince Albert.
The baby was named after his paternal grandfather, Stefano Casiraghi. Stefano, who was married to Princess Caroline from 1983 until his death, was killed in a boat racing accident off the shores of Monaco in October 1990. He was just 30-years-old. At the time, Pierre was only three-years-old when his father was killed.
His middle name of Carlo is in honour of Beatrice’s father and brother. Both men have it as their first name.
On 2 March, Princess Caroline and Beatrice’s mother, Countess Paola Marzotto released a joint statement to the media which read: “The Princess of Hanover and the Countess Paola Marzotto have the joy of announcing the birth of their grandson born on 28 February 2017. The mother and the child are doing well.”
Pierre and Beatrice dated for over seven years before marrying in 2015. The couple wed in two different ceremonies. The civil ceremony took place on 25 July in the gardens of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. A couple of days later, on 1 August, they held their religious ceremony on Isola Bella, Italy. The island is one of the Borromean Islands of Lago Maggiore in the north of Italy. It is the private property of Beatrice’s family.
Though Pierre and Beatrice don’t carry out official royal engagements, they do accompany the Princess to official events such as the Rose Ball and the National Day celebrations in Monaco. Rumours had circulated for months that the couple was expecting their first child. During the national holiday in Monaco last November, a very noticeably pregnant Beatrice appeared with the Monégasque Princely Family during the celebrations leading to a confirmation of the rumours.