Friday, July 30, 2010

Red Cross Ball 2010

The 62nd annual Red Cross Ball was held today at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club of the Principality of Monaco, the biggest event on the Grimaldi's social calendar and the largest charity gala in the world. The special guest entertainment this year was Tom Jones and the "theme" this year was a luxury cruise.

HSH Prince Albert II arrived with his two special girls. Fiance Charlene Wittstock set a glamorous tone that has drawn mostly praise from observers. HSH Princess Stephanie turned heads with her fashion choice -reviews have been mixed, though in my very biased opinion I think she looks fantastic.

Other celebrities on the guest list included model/actress Victoria Silvstedt (a regular every year), singer Julio Iglesias, the ever-present and ever-ominous looking designer Karl Lagerfeld, singer Shirley Bassey, Baroness Tita Cervera, Tiziana Rocca, Isabell Kristensen, etc. Also attending was Prince Albert's former paramour and mother of his son Alexandre, Nicole Valerie Coste. I hope Charlene was properly prepared for that experience. Although Nicole has attended events at which the Prince was presiding before this was the first time she ever attended a formal ball. Sadly, once again, Princess Caroline was not to be seen, nor were the "Casiraghi trio" who lately have attended more often than not. Still, it was a very glamorous and successful event, as it usually is, Charlene seemed to handle all the extra attention very well and it is always great to see Princess Stephanie at such formal family events.


  1. Finally, they got it right. Usually Charlene and Albert clash in their formal outfits, but this time they got it right. They really look royal. Stephanie look great. Is there a man in her life?


  2. Yes, this was the best and most 'princess-like' I have seen Charlene look at one of these events in quite a while. The only man I have heard Princess Stephanie linked to lately is Monegasque athlete Sébastien Gattuso. I don't know too much about him but you do see them together occasionally (usually at sporting events). I think by now Steph is taking it slow and easy in the romance department.

  3. Charlene=LOVE that dress. Hate the fake tan, overly unaturally white teeth look.
    Princess Stephanie=pretty, but definitely needs an "appropriate occasion" check.
    Disappointed not to see any of the De Massy-Casiraghi clan, or Princess Caroline.
    I agree-I hope Charlene was pre-warned that her future husband's ex and mother to her future stepson was going to be there before Prince Albert went to say hello, dragging her with him.


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