The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

More pictures of Alice Heine

December 22, 1925
The Associated Press is reporting the death of the Dowager Princess of Monaco. The former Marie Alice Heine died suddenly today in Paris.
The daughter of a New Orleans banker, Alice Heine was born on February 10, 1858. She married the 7th Duke of Richelieu in 1875. He died in 1880.
After his death, Alice married in 1889 to Prince Albert I of Monaco. The new Princess of Monaco sought to establish the principality as a cultural center. Her marriage was not happy one, and in 1902, the couple separated officially, but were never divorced.
Marie Alice was born at 900 Rue Royale in New Orleans' French Quarter. Her French-born father Michael came from a prominent German banking family. He was also a cousin of the German writer, Heinrich Heine. Her mother, Marie-Amelie Miltenberger, was the daughter of a New Orleans architect.
The Dowager Princess is survived by her son, Armand, the 8th Duke of Richelieu.

Portrait by Pierre Auguste Cot

Marie-Alice is buried far from her second husband Albert 1 in Monaco; in the cemetary of Père Lachaise in Paris


Hels said...

Who painted the long portrait of the princess holding a fan? She looks elegant and of her time.

Abbé Henri Proust said...

I just have been hunting on the web in response to your question, but have not found an answer. She was a chum of the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and if this really is a portrait of her, it would have been a Parisian society painter of the 1860s....
The best thing about dear Alice in her pictures is the cute little diamond choker she wears in nearly all the portraits. 'Diamonds are an American girl's best friend', as the song says.

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