Q&A with the Monaco royals
Louis and Marie Ducruet on life as parents to baby Victoire
Hello Royal Clubbers,
We have a special post for you today - a Q&A with Monaco royal couple, Louis and Marie Ducruet.
Their daughter Victoire, who is nine months old, is the first grandchild of Louis' mother, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
Here, they reveal how they're taking to first-time parenthood…
Louis and Marie, you welcomed your daughter in April last year. How are you doing?
Marie: "Very well! Victoire is such a lovely child, she's making us forget all the small annoyances. She's sleeping well at night so we can't complain."
What kind of child is she?
Louis: "Very curious and lively. From two months of age, she started observing her surroundings."
M: "She's so interested in the world around her, she doesn't want to go down for her afternoon nap."
How did you choose her name?
L: "We agreed on it pretty quickly. I really wanted our daughter to have an old French name that's not common these days."
M: "Victoire has two middle names. Maguy is a homage to Louis's paternal grandmother, and Lam Huong is my grandmother's Vietnamese name."
Louis, Victoire is your mother Princess Stéphanie's first grandchild. How did she react when the baby was born?
L: "It was incredibly emotional. She came to the maternity ward the day after Victoire's birth, alongside my dad [Daniel Ducruet] and my paternal grandmother, as well as Marie's mum. It was a magical moment that I'll never forget."
How is Princess Stéphanie as a grandmother?
L: "She gives a lot of love to her grandchild. My mother has a busy daily schedule, but whenever it allows, she asks to look after Victoire. When she was born, my mother often asked us: 'Do you want to go out to the cinema? I can look after the baby.'"
What has changed for you since Victoire arrived?
L: "Everything! We no longer have the same priorities. These days, we want to spend as much time as possible with her."
Marie, you were involved in organising the Centenary Ball in tribute to Prince Rainier last October. Was that hard with such a young child?
M: "It certainly wasn't a restful time! I came back from maternity leave a bit earlier than planned, part time, so I could work on it."
You've chosen not to show your daughter's face in photos. Why is that?
L: "We want to keep a bit of privacy and not expose her to the public straight away. She has all the time in the world for that, given the family she's been born into."
Is your beloved dog Pancake happy about Victoire's arrival?
M: "Totally! At first, he was a bit stressed when he heard Victoire crying, but he adapted very quickly. He's very protective, and often watches over her. They're both starting to play together and their relationship is wonderful."
You've both got several siblings. Are you planning to expand your family?
M: "We're not opposed to the idea. Victoire is such an adorable child, she's making us want another. Two children would be perfect for me."
L: "We'd like our children not to have a big age gap. We'll see what the future holds!"
Interview: Hermance Murgue/Point de Vue
Photos: Frederic Nebinger/Princely Palace Monaco