Today is Princess Charlene of Monaco’s 38th birthday. There isn’t any royal news, and the other articles I’m working on are not finished yet, so let’s take a look back at Charlene’s fashion evolution over the last 10 years.
The early girlfriend years were not so great fashion-wise for Charlene. Kind of boring, kind of plain, a bit tacky. Very mid-2000s.
Charlene made her first official appearance at Prince Albert‘s girlfriend at an Automobile Club party following the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco on May 28, 2006 in a simple black spaghetti strap dress. And then wore this pink one-shoulder number to a gala dinner on May 27, 2007.
The rest of 2007 was hit and miss. Charlene looked okay in a simple white strapless gown on July 28, 2007, but the shiny one worn on October 24, 2007 looks like someone took an old lady’s nightgown and made a dress out of it.
Things looked up for Charlene in 2008. She wore a pretty navy gown to the Rose Ball on March 29, 2008, and I kind of love the panda Isabel Christensen gown she wore to the WWF International Panda Ball on April 5, 2008.
Charlene wore a two-tone gown for the Monaco Red Cross Ball on August 1, 2008; and wore a red one-shoulder gown to the Princess Grace Awards Gala on October 15, 2008.
2009 wasn’t great, what with the giant hair she wore to the Rose Ball on March 28, 2009, and the nightgown she wore to the Princess Grace Awards on October 21, 2009.
2010 was a big year for Charlene. She made her debut on the larger royal stage: looking fantastic attending the pre-wedding dinner and wedding ceremony for Crown Princess Victoria‘s wedding on June 18 and June 19, respectively.
Charlene got to wear some giant, gorgeous earrings, too.
Then she and Albert announced their engagement and she got to attend her very first Monaco National Day celebrations on November 19 – first at the day ceremony, then at the evening gala concert.
An Armani-clad Charlene married Albert on July 2 and got to wear a diamond floral headpiece that once belonged to Albert’s grandmother, Princess Charlotte.
Charlene received a tiara as a wedding gift from Albert: The Ocean Tiara. She wore it as a necklace to the Red Cross Ball on August 5, 2011.
The Ocean Tiara was made by Van Cleef & Arpels specifically for Charlene, with her past as a swimmer in mind. The circular elements are designed to evoke the water with the use of 359 sapphires and more than 850 diamonds. The tiara features more than 1,200 gemstones and more than 70 carats in total. There are also earrings to match (not pictured).
Albert and Charlene hit up the Oscars in 2012, on February 26. And hit up a dinner for Queen Elizabeth‘s Diamond Jubilee on May 18 – hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Charlene got to wear her Order of Saint-Charles for the first time on November 19, 2012 when she attended the Monaco National Day gala.
Charlene attended Princess Madeleine‘s wedding on June 8, 2013 solo in this brown dress – and no tiara *sad face*. Bonus Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Charlene finished out 2013 strong in the fashion department with two strapless gowns: a beautiful pale pink/nude gown worn to the “Love Ball” in support of the Naked Heart Foundation on July 27, 2013, and a gorgeous purple gown worn to the Ralph Lauren Collection Show and private dinner on October 8, 2013.
2014 may have been one of the most memorable years for Charlene due to the birth of her twins, but it was a bad year for fashion. She wore two ugly navy gowns: one to the Rose Ball on March 29, and the other to the Red Cross Ball on August 1.
2015 was a better year for fashion, though Charlene’s style was still hit and miss. She wore a beautiful white Akris dress and coat to the official presentation of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on January 7, and wore a nice red jumpsuit to the Red Cross Ball on July 25.
Charlene looked fantastic at the Princess Grace Awards on September 5, and wore an odd flapper-meets-Star Trek outfit for Monaco National Day on November 19.
Charlene’s style has definitely changed over the years, as has… other things.
Which is your favorite look from Charlene? I kind of love the panda gown, don’t ask me why. Though I think she looked fantastic at Victoria’s wedding, too.