Charlene, Caroline of Monaco: Why the women of the Monegasque family sometimes wear mantillas

In Monaco, the principality’s princesses, Charlene, Caroline and even Stéphanie, wear this light black veil at funerals.

the coat. This term may not mean anything to you, but you have all seen this light veil worn by women from the Monegasque family during a mass. In fact, this tradition, which dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, has been preserved on the Rock and it is not uncommon for Charlène Wittstock, wife of Prince Albert, or Caroline of Monaco, sister of the current leader of the Monegasques, this is what veils wear at religious ceremonies. Most commonly, the mantilla is black and is worn at funerals in the Principality.

Until the second half of the 20th century, the mantilla was obligatory for women if they wanted to attend a mass. In France, this custom has been lost, but in Spain, for example, it is customary for women to wear this veil when going to church. In addition, the mantilla is very often worn by women when they have an audience with the Pope. Recently, Melania Trump was spotted wearing this veil when she met Pope Francis. Note that only Catholic queens have the right to wear the white mantilla. To date there are four: the Queen of Spain, the Queen of Belgium, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and the Princess of Monaco.

Parade of the black mantillas at the funeral of Rainier III

In 2005, Prince Rainier, emblematic Monegasque leader and father of Albert, Caroline and Stéphanie, died at the age of 81. A funeral is then held on the rock with great pomp. For the occasion, the Monegasque princesses Caroline and Stéphanie had brought out their black mantilla to mourn their late father. Proof that this veil is still used in the Principality when it comes to paying homage to a loved one.

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