“I have the joy to announce the engagement of my son Andrea Casiraghi to Miss Tatiana Santo Domingo,” Princess Caroline says in a statement released by her press office.
Heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo was born on November 24, 1983 in Geneva. Her mother Vera Rechulski is a Brazilian Socialite from São Paulo, who currently has a boutique in Paris that sells Indian antiques.
Her father Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. (1958 — 2009) is the son of business tycoon Julio Mario Santo Domingo (1923 — 2011), who was cited as the second richest man in Colombia by the Forbes in 2011, with a fortune of $8.5 Billion behind banker Luis Carlos Sarmiento, who’s worth is $10.5 Billion.
According to Forbes, the Santo Domingo dynasty owns Colombia’s dominant TV station, Caracol, and had a stake in beer brewer SABMiller, and owned states in packaging maker Biofilm.
Tatiana‘s younger brother, Julio Mario Santo Domingo III who was born in 1985. Opting not to work in the family business, Julio Mario III is carving his own niche after graduating from Boston University with a B.A. in art history. The 27 year-old loves his dance music—specifically, psychedelic techno. He founded his own record label in 2008, Sheik n’ Beik, and performs as a DJ all over the world (he’s cited Ibiza and Frankfurt as two of his favorite cities to play).
Tatiana spent her childhood in Switzerland. The newly engaged couple met while studying at a lycée in Fontainebleau, near Paris. She later studied history of art at the American University in London.
Prince Andrea is the first of the late Princess Grace‘s grandchildren to be set to wed. No date has been fixed for the royal wedding but it is understood it will take place next year.
Andrea is son of the late Stefano Casiraghi, the second husband of Caroline, who died in a boating accident off Monte Carlo in 1990. Until such time as his uncle has an heir he is second in line to the throne.
In 1999, Prince Andrea was on PEOPLE magazine’s ‘50 Most Beautiful People.’ Four years later, he was voted the ‘Most Stylish Royal Man‘ by readers of Hello magazine, and in 2008, Forbes placed him tenth on its ‘20 Hottest Young Royals‘ list.
Both Tatiana and Lauren Santo Domingo, the 36-year-old co-founder of Moda Operandi, a Vogue contributing editor and married to Tatiana‘s half-uncle, are prominent socialites in New York.
The Socialite is internationally known for her unique fashion sense, said to vary from the elegant to the vintage and boho chic.
She has cited Loulou de la Falaise as her style guru. Tatiana was named Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed in 2010. The German Glamour also listed her as one of the One Hundred Stylish Women.
In 2011, the Heiress launched, in partnership with Dana Alikhani, The Muzungu Sisters fashion venture, which focuses on ethical business practices that allow them support local craftsmen, buy handmade garments at a fair price and then sell them. Their brand has been supported by besties, Eugenie Niarchos, Margherita Missoni and Gaia Repossi.
The Socialite also supports several charity organizations, most notably is The Motrice Foundation, which funds research for cerebral palsy and which is also supported by her fiancé Andrea Casiraghi. In August 2006, Andrea and Tatiana paid a very serious visit to Manila on behalf of a joint venture of the World Association of Children’s Friends AMADE and the Virlanie Foundation.
Prince Andrea Casiraghi was previously romantically linked to German Socialite Caroline Von Stauffenberg and Spanish actress María Jurado.
Should he eventually become the Prince of Monaco, Tatiana will most become his Princess consort. She has already accompanied Casiraghi at some of most important social events in Monaco, such as the Rose Ball, the Red Cross Ball, the Monaco Grand Prix and the wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock.
Tatiana splits her time between Rio de Janeiro, Monaco, Paris and New York City. Her best friends are Charlotte Casiraghi, Eugenie Niarchos, Gaia Repossi, Dana Alikhani, and Teresa and Margherita Missoni.
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