November 19 is Monaco National Day, and Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella made an appearance on the balcony of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert.
National Day in Monaco, formerly known as the Feast of the Sovereign, was held on November 19 to mark the anniversary of Prince Rainier III’s (1923-2005) accession to the throne ceremony which took place on November 19, 1949. The second part of Albert’s enthronement investiture took place on November 19, 2005 (the first part took place on July 12, 2005 after ascending on April 6, 2005), and Albert chose to keep National Day on November 19 in honor of his father.
The day began with a mass service at the Cathedral of Monaco before the princely family moved to the Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco.
Above L-R: Louis Ducruet (Stephanie’s son), Princess Stephanie, Princess Alexandra (Caroline’s daughter), Princess Caroline, Sacha Casiraghi (Andrea’s son), and Princess Charlene.
Below L-R: Andrea Casiraghi, India Casiraghi (Andrea’s daughter), Tatiana Santo Domingo, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, and Beatrice Borromeo. Beatrice is pregnant, reportedly six months and due in early 2017.
Charlene wore black, which is usual for her. She typically wears darker colors to this event, although other members of the princely family tend to wear brighter colors.
The princely family appeared on the balcony as part of the National Day celebrations, and Albert and Charlene brought out the twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
Two more kiddos attended the National Day celebrations: 3-year-old Sacha Casiraghi, and 19-month-old India Casiraghi – Andrea’s and Tatiana’s two children.
And Charlotte’s 2-year-old son Raphaël Elmaleh joined her on the balcony.
In the evening, there was a Gala at the Grimaldi Forum, which Charlene finally showed up to after missing this gala for the last several years.
Charlene wore a new white Akris “Embellished Gown” from the Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The sleeveless silk shantung gown features a front leather cut out embellishment and a tulle V-neck inset. The navy gown from the collection costs $7,950, although Charlene’s is a custom white gown.
Charlene wore the badge, sash, and star of the Order of Saint-Charles (Monaco).