Baroness Elizabeth-Ann de Massy, first cousin of Prince Albert II, died at the Princess Grace Hospital on June 10th. She was 72 years old.

The Prince’s Palace announced the death of Baroness de Massy, daughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, first cousin of Prince Albert II and godmother of Princess Stéphanie. “As a woman who was so attached to the traditions of the Principality, she regularly took part in events bringing together all generations,” read a statement from the Prince’s Palace the day after her death.

Elizabeth-Ann de Massy was born in Monaco on 3rd July 1947. She was the first child of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, elder sister of Prince Rainier III, and Alexandre Noghès. She is survived by two children, Jean-Léonard born in 1974 from her first marriage to Baron Bernard Taubert, and Mélanie-Antoinette, born in 1985 from her marriage to Nikolaï Costello de Lusignan.

Philanthropist at heart

Like her mother, the Baroness de Massy was deeply involved in charity work across Monaco. She was notably Vice-President of the Animal protection society and shelter in Monaco since 1984 and President of the Monaco Tennis Federation since 1992. In 2008, she succeeded her mother, Princess Antoinette, as President of the Monte-Carlo Country-Club. A year later, she was appointed Commander of the Order of Grimaldi.

Many have paid tribute to her on social networks, notably from the tennis world, with Rafael Nadal and the Monte-Carlo Tennis Tournament tweeting:

The Burning Chapel will be open to the public in the Chapel of the Prince’s Palace from Saturday June 13th from 2 – 5pm and every other day from 9am to noon and from 2 – 5pm. The date of her funeral, to be held at Monaco Cathedral, will be announced mid-week.