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On 4 July, H.S.H. Prince Albert II will tread the path of his Duras ancestors as he pays a visit to the Castle of the Dukes. The Grimaldis share a common ancestry with the Durfort family, who owned the castle for nearly 500 years. The first wife of Emmanuel Félicité, Duke of Duras, was Charlotte-Antoinette, a descendant of Hortense Mancini, the niece of Cardinal Mazarin. From this union was born Louise-Jeanne de Durfort, Duchess of Mazarin, who passed her titles on to her daughter, Louise d’Aumont. The latter would go on to become a princess of Monaco when she married Prince Honoré IV in 1771.

Design and line-engraving Sophie BEAUJARD
Printing process 4 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp 40 x 31.77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue 50.000 stamps
Note Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations