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« Reply #510 on: December 29, 2010, 12:08:43 PM »
Thank you so much.

I had never seen him before.

And imagine ! He was a champion in "my" Lisbon.


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« Reply #511 on: December 29, 2010, 12:57:09 PM »
haha, that caption on the picture of Antoinette is so funny! "Princess Antoinette of Monaco, 26, who once said her favorite game was lawn tennis..." Reminds me of those old '40s movie star magazines.

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« Reply #512 on: December 29, 2010, 02:08:57 PM »
Don't too much about him. Any one fill in the blanks ?

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Re: The Grimaldi's of Monaco
« Reply #513 on: December 30, 2010, 05:18:13 PM »
Don't too much about him. Any one fill in the blanks ?

Not too much. He was born in 1916 and entered into a liaison with Princess Antoinette in the mid 1940s. They had three illegitimate children born to them: Elisabeth-Anne (born 1947), Christian Louis de Massy (born 1949) and Christine-Alix (1951–1989). They were married in a civil ceremony in Genoa on 4 December 1951, and divorced three years later in 1954. He died in 1999.

Noghès was descended from the first Spanish commander of the Monaco garrison. His family was instrumental in the foundation of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and the creation of the Automobile Club de Monaco:

"On 31st October 1909 the presidency of the club is given to the man that would make it famous: Alexandre Noghès, and on December 1st, 1909, Mr. Noghès presented his project for a rally. His son Antony (elected member of the board on March 20th,1910) had dreamed of a race where cars would start from various european cities and arrive in Monaco. A great idea that would take two years to realise: but from the 21st to the 29th of January, 1911 the rally would take place, partially financed by the already powerful SBM since the aim, of course, was to bring people to Monaco to stay in their various establishments. The rally was an undeniable success.

The second rally, in1912, was an even bigger success, with large press coverage. The first Grand Prix de Monaco would be held in 1913, an event involving ... hydroplanes! The Principality was already dedicated to speed and... technology. Four years of war would call a temporary halt to the ambitions of the club, but from March 8th to the 15th, 1921 the club, in collaboration with the International Sporting Club of Monte Carlo, organised the Automobile Week: a success that would only encourage President Alexandre Noghès and his son Antony, now Commissaire Sporting des Courses.

On 8th May 1925 the club would take its current name, the ACM (Automobile Club of Monaco) changing the logo from a cog-wheel to a car wheel topped with a crown; already some 110 members owned automobiles. Antony Noghès battling other european clubs for international position and prestige, would toss out a crazy idea to the amazed reaction of the Automobile Club of France: an international automobile race to be held on the territory of Monaco.... three years will be needed to defend, design and bring the project to reality,the first "Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco".

Anthony is also credited with creating inventing the chequered flag.

He had been married previously and remarried a third time, to a woman named Margot, and settled in the US.
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Re: The Grimaldi's of Monaco
« Reply #514 on: December 30, 2010, 05:30:35 PM »
Thank you so much.

I had never seen him before.

And imagine ! He was a champion in "my" Lisbon.



The site also notes that:

" My Grandfather, Alexandre “Aleco” Noghes, was Monaco’s most accomplished athlete, an International Tennis champion; he won the Open of Portugal, defeated the famous Nicola Pietrangeli of Italy and was ranked # 4 in France. He played the Davis Cup during 12 years eliminating most notably Spain and Yugoslavia "

and Davis Cup rankings:

First year played 1938
Appearances (W/L) 4/20
Singles (W/L) 3/14
Doubles (W/L) 1/6
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« Reply #515 on: December 30, 2010, 05:37:22 PM »
The writer Michael Allin on his blog wrote of him:

My friend, Aleco Noghes:

The kindest, most elegant man I have ever known was Aleco Noghes, monégasque tennis champion and bon vivant in exile. He died in his 80s, a decade after having happily returned to live along the Corniche overlooking Cap Ferrat, repatriated with the menagerie of stray dogs and cats he had collected over his years in California. In California he'd had a large garden that kept him busy with the lawn and roses and two or three orange trees - "mon allée" - shading the little path from his patio to his pool alongside his tennis court.

"Do you miss your garden in LA?" I asked him soon after he moved back to Eze. "No, it is a paradise here. The ten acres of hillside around the house are too steep for gardening and the dogshit rolls downhill!"

When I first met Aleco he was in his mid-50s and looked like Hemingway at the same age, with an affable French-accented charm that disappeared when he went to work on the tennis court. On one of his birthdays, after we drank my gift of Dom Perignon, I challenged him to a tennis match in which, to handicap him and lower the hopeless odds against me, he would play against my racket with the empty champagne bottle. He laughed, but his eyes narrowed at the challenge and suddenly he was someone else as we took to the court and he gave me set point, 40-love, 5 games to 0, his serve. All I needed was to take that first point or somehow just the first game for the match, which, of course, I did not. During the rest of the set I may have won a trimphant point or two, but he demolished me 6-0 with his repertoire of aces and topspin and trick bounces, power and junk.

Of the top players then in tennis, Aleco particularly admired Ilie Nastase. "Nastase is something somewhere else, "Aleco said, "playing a game all his own, an artist. But his genius is temperamental and this keeps him from being a champion." "What makes him a genius?" "I watch him receive the ball and I see three possible returns. He sees five."

My favorite memory of Aleco is one day on the court when he wore an old, beautifully faded milky red sweater. I asked him how long he'd had the sweater; he told me it was older than I was and, seeing how impressed I was, he summoned me to the net for one of our typical philosophical discussions, during which he always reached over the net to hold my forearm while he made his wonderfully lengthy point.

"Do you remember the blazer I wore to our soirée on your birthday?" Aleco asked me.

"Yes; double-breasted; beautiful. In your white trousers, you looked like a tennis yachtsman."

"Exactly me, in a former life. My tailor made that blazer for me before the World War II."

"Fantastic."

"Michael, listen to me. You, I, we both love our dogs who will not live as long as we love them. Our children grow up into their own lives and leave us. Never mind what women do to us all our lives. Michael," Aleco said squeezing my arm, "everything we love will break our heart. Take care of your clothes. They
are your only friends!"
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« Reply #516 on: January 30, 2011, 10:45:02 AM »
During the Circus Festival:




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« Reply #517 on: February 05, 2011, 03:40:58 PM »
Stephanies daughter looks a lot like Princess Grace.
I see that Prince Albert is a very good uncle.



At the Circus festival.
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Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Charlene Wittstock set symbolically fire with torches
to a boat, on January 26, 2011, as they take part in the "Sainte-Devote" procession.

http://www.daylife.com/search?q=monaco+january+26%2C+2011


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Re: The Grimaldi's of Monaco
« Reply #518 on: February 08, 2011, 02:15:58 PM »
Stephanies daughter looks a lot like Princess Grace.

I personally can't see any resemblance at all though she is a lovely looking girl.

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« Reply #520 on: February 24, 2011, 07:10:44 AM »
For those of us familiar with Spanish!

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Re: The Grimaldi's of Monaco
« Reply #521 on: February 25, 2011, 11:23:06 PM »
For those of us familiar with Spanish!

...Si,yo...but not into spanish rags,nor the nonsense they publish....LOL!...

http://gpdhome.typepad.com/photos/albert_charlene/index.html

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« Reply #522 on: March 13, 2011, 11:20:20 AM »








Pompous!

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Charlene and Albert in Gstaad








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Re: The Grimaldi's of Monaco
« Reply #523 on: March 14, 2011, 06:22:10 AM »
Rani, do you know who's done these illustrations and released them and if they were done in any official capacity or not?  I'm a bit puzzled by the second one in that there seems to be a huge chandelier hanging in the sky above the palace courtyard!  Did you see that?!

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« Reply #524 on: March 14, 2011, 10:11:41 PM »
It's held up by the Cirque du Soleil Grace... ;D

The drawings give a pretty good image of how it will look.The Courtyard of the Palace
where the religious ceremony will take place,and the setting in the Musée Oceanografique
that will have the Dinner and Ball under its roof.

Another gathering of Heirs and Spares on the 1st and 2nd of July in Monaco.

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