Last night was the occasion of the 73rd Monaco Red Cross Ball. The first ball, in 1948, was chaired by a young Prince Ranier, who was given the title “President.” Princess Grace assumed the President’s duties in the 1950s and sprinkled the ball with even more glamour. After her death, Prince Albert took over as President and continues to run the event.
HSH Princess Charlene was in attendance this year, which is good news for those looking for sartorial swagger. Below are a sampling of her previous outings – those of you who love Victoria’s “Kermit” dress will appreciate the sparkle factor in some of Charlene’s gowns. Others are more muted, but she does up the glam for the Ball.
Some of the “No-Sparkle” years.
Some sparkle years!
This year, she was wearing a Prada gown, Van Cleef & Arpels “Flying Butterfly” jewels, and carrying a Judith Leiber clutch. The clip at the end of her necklace is detachable and can be worn separately. There is also a bracelet with this set.
Prince Albert doesn’t quite match his wife’s sartorial splendor, although we have a good photo for those who like to check his hem length (a small obsession on the site). I think he’s improving.
Princess Stephanie’s daughter, Camille Gottlieb, was also spotted. It wouldn’t be Monaco if we didn’t see something that gave us fodder for talk, would it? She is wearing the Red Valentino Embroidered Lace-Trimmed Point d’Esprit Tulle Midi Dress.
I don’t know, but this all looks like fun to me. Good thing Monaco can depend on pleasant weather this time of year – that sea of tables must take some time to set up and break down.