Say Hello to Prince Pierre, the Littlest Monegasque

updated 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The littlest prince just may be a big ham. Pierre Casiraghi, the third child of 30-year-old Princess Caroline, and the latest addition to Monaco's ruling Grimaldi clan, seemed not at all surprised to find himself facing more than 40 photograhers last week as he left Princess Grace Hospital. The 7 lb. 5 oz. tyke gurgled for the press right on cue.

Named after Prince Rainier's father, the late Prince Pierre of Monaco, little Pierre's arrival is a welcome diversion during what is surely a difficult time for the family. It was exactly five years ago this week that Caroline's mother, Princess Grace, died. The newest Grimaldi (and presumably fourth in line for the throne) was born at 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Like his two siblings, brother Andrea, 3, and sister Charlotte, 13 months, Pierre was born via natural childbirth. He arrived just 46 minutes after Stefano Casiraghi, 27, Caroline's husband, a businessman, rushed her to the delivery room. Caroline's father, Prince Rainier, 64, and her brother, Prince Albert, 29, who'd been chowing down by candlelight at City Hall, came too when they got the news. (Absent was Rainier and Grace's youngest, Princess Stephanie, 22, busy in L.A. making an album.)

Princess Grace was always known as a devoted mom, and Caroline seems to be following suit. Not long ago, says one local official, "She kept everyone waiting at one opening over which she was presiding, rushing in a half hour late to apologize that she had to tend to Andrea." The royal schedule-bender: "He refused to eat his porridge."

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