This is my first Princess Charlene post. Here we go. Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the annual Rose Ball in Monte Carlo on Saturday. The Rose Ball, or Bal de la Rose, is a charity fundraiser event in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation. The foundation supports emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film by awarding scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. The foundation was established in 1982 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, following Princess Grace (nee Grace Kelly)’s death that year.
Princess Charlene was at the Rose Ball with her husband, Prince Albert II of Monaco. Charlene wore a one-shoulder, navy dress with black ruffles. She wore diamond and (I’m guessing) sapphire drop earrings that are a similar style to the Ocean Tiara that she got as a wedding gift. I wonder if the earrings were a part of the set or if a part of the tiara was converted into earrings—I know parts of the tiara are detachable, so it’s possible I suppose. Charlene looked nice. I’m not a huge fan of ruffles cascading down the body, but she makes it work. It must be noted that Charlene and Albert danced together at one point. She wrapped her arms around him and everything.
Other royals at the event include Charlotte Casiraghi—daughter of Princess Caroline (whom I will discuss below). This was Charlotte’s first appearance since giving birth to a son, Raphael, in December. Charlotte is not married, by the way—her partner did not attend the event. For the event, Charlotte wore a silver, strapless Chanel Couture gown and an embellished shawl. She opted for minimal jewelry. Uh, ok. I hate this dress. It looks like someone took some think plastic tarp and wrapped it around her and called it a dress. It has no shape. It’s terrible.
Charlotte’s brother, Pierre Casiraghi attended with his girlfriend, Beatrice Borromeo. Pierre is Princess Caroline’s second son, her first son is named Andrea—he did not attend this event. Beatrice wore a peach gown with matching fur stole and some nice jewelry. I’m not sure if I like the dress—I don’t like the fur shawl, I just can’t with fur shawls in 2014, way too old; they remind me of the 1950s/I Love Lucy days. I love the jewelry, though.
Princess Caroline is Albert’s sister, and the first-born daughter of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Princess Stephanie is Albert’s other sister—she did not attend this event. Caroline wore a black and white patterned dress with a grey and cream silk cape/robe. It works for her.