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Honoré III
Prince Honoré III in 1781 by Johann Melchior Wyrsch,.jpg
Prince of Monaco
Reign 29 December 1731 – 19 January 1793
Predecessor Louise Hippolyte
Successor National Convention
as de facto ruling government
Honoré IV
as next reigning monarch
Regent Jacques (1731–1733)
Born (1720-11-10)10 November 1720
Died 21 March 1795(1795-03-21) (aged 74)
Spouse
Maria Caterina Brignole
(m. 1757; sep. 1770)
Issue Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco
Prince Joseph
Full name
Honoré Camille Léonor Grimaldi
House Grimaldi
Father Jacques Goÿon de Matignon
Mother Louise Hippolyte, Princess of Monaco

Honoré III (Honoré Camille Léonor Grimaldi; 10 November 1720 – 21 March 1795) ruled as Prince of Monaco and was Duke of Valentinois from 1731 to 1793. Honoré was the son of Louise Hippolyte, Princess of Monaco, and her husband, Prince Jacques I.

Early life

The Family of the Duke of Valentinois, Pierre Gobert
Honore the first to the left with his siblings

Honoré was born on 10 November 1720.

On 20 May 1732, he moved to Hôtel Matignon in Paris with his father and remained there, even after the proclamation in 1733 of him as Prince of Monaco. Antoine Grimaldi, le Chevalier de Grimaldi, acted as regent for the prince between 1732 and 1784, when Honoré chose to reside in Paris. This situation remained the same for half a century until Antoine's death in 1784, when Honoré III was already 64 years old. Although he was open to the revolutionary ideas of the time, he was imprisoned on 20 September 1793. At his liberation a year later, he was ruined, and his property under seal.

Family

While in Paris, it was suggested that he marry Marie Louise de La Tour d'Auvergne, but the marriage never materialised. In 1751, he married Maria Caterina Brignole (d. 1813).

The couple had two children; Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco and Joseph Grimaldi (10 September 1763 – 28 June 1816) before legally separating in 1770, and Marie-Catherine married her long-time companion Prince de Condé in 1798, after her husband's death.

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