The Grimaldi men got a jumpstart on No-Shave November this year! Prince Albert debuted his mustache back in September, evoking memories of his late father Prince Rainier III. Princess Charlene’s husband recently revealed to People magazine that the bicentennial year of the carabiniers, the palace guard, is the reason behind his new facial hair. “Between the Napoleonic period and almost until the end of World War I, it was mandatory in most French regiments to wear a mustache as a sign of authority,” he explained. “It showed authority or bravery.”
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To mark their 200th anniversary, the carabinieri decided to pay tribute by growing out a mustache. As their “honorary colonel," Prince Albert decided to participate as well. The 59-year-old isn’t the only member of the Monegasque family sporting facial hair these days. Albert’s nephews Pierre Casiraghi — son of Princess Caroline — and Louis Ducruet — son of Princess Stephanie — have followed in their uncle’s footsteps growing mustaches. Grace Kelly's son admitted that his wife Charlene isn't exactly fond of his new mustache. Albert confessed, "It’s not a hugely popular venture."