Saturday, March 10, 2012

Princess Charlene Down Under

HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco is doing it on her own this week. The Princess consort arrived in Bendigo, Victoria in the Commonwealth of Australia on Saturday where she opened the exhibit "Grace Kelly: Style Icon" at the Bendigo Art Gallery. This tribute to her predecessor and late mother-in-law has been making its way around the world for some time now, introducing Princess Grace to a new generation that never knew the great lady. Crowds of children greeted the princess waving Monegasque and Australian flags as she arrived at the museum and Princess Charlene was all warmth and friendliness, greeting almost every child in line, exchanging smiles, thanks and a 'high five' here and there. Princess Charlene really seems to have gotten into the 'groove' of the Monegasque Princely Family; stylish and dignified, approachable and down-to-earth at the same time.

Inside at the opening Princess Charlene made some short remarks, doing things the Aussie way by greeting those assembled with a cheerful "G'Day". Princess Charlene spoke of her husband's late mother as a devoted parent, an icon of style, patron of the arts and as "one of the most captivating personalities of all time". After more speeches from Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu, the director of the Bendigo Art Gallery Karen Quinlan and the Honorary Consul for Monaco Andew Cannon the Princess was taken on a tour of the exhibition. Aside from introducing Princess Grace to a new generation that never knew her, the exhibition will be a great benefit to the local economy and is expected to draw thousands of visitors and as much as $10 million to Bendigo. So, even all these years after her untimely loss, Princess Grace still manages to do good for others.

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