Guys, this has been such a busy week for Charlene. And for me, too, apparently – it has taken me ages to get this post to you, and I send my apologies to all of you out there who were patiently waiting for it. On my end, things were so hectic that, a few days ago, I had to put writing this aside in favor of having a shower. And I love writing about Charlene…so let’s just say I needed a shower very, very much at that point. Ha!
On to the more pressing matters: Charlene’s busy week! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.) Our princess was hopping from one thing to the next lately, starting with preparations for the Sainte Dévote Rugby tournament.
As the tournament itself is hosted in part by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the day before the tournament included a series of water safety workshops in which Princess Charlene participated and instructed.
We all know water safety and drowning prevention are issues near and dear to Charlene’s heart, so it came as no surprise to see her kick off her shoes and get to business in teaching the children. Actually, what I should say is that it didn’t come as a surprise to those of us who follow Charlene. To others out there, it may have been quite shocking to see a shoe-free princess squatting by the pool, or teaching CPR. Her ability to shrug off appearances for important issues is one thing that everyone can admire about her.
The youngsters participating seemed delighted by her presence and central involvement in their education, and she seemed equally honored to pass some of her life-saving skills onto the next generation.
The next day, Charlene and Albert attended the Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament at Stade Louis II in Monaco, where Charlene of course got onto the fields to meet the participants.
Since I don’t particularly have feelings one way or another about rugby, I’ll just jump into the fashion. Charlene looked gorgeous! She wore an elegant, café-au-lait colored coat with a cabernet-colored scarf, looking regal and in her own style all at once – and sometimes, as we know, her own style can clash a bit with regal norms. But this time it was a win on both sides.
While the coat is elegance and simplicity itself, I certainly would qualify it as edgy in its own right. The length of the back almost gives this a bias cut – though I wouldn’t be courageous enough to call it an actual bias. Just multi-length or tiered? I don’t know how to classify it, but it is not the norm. And the curled lapels give it just the twist of originality that Charlene loves. Other than those two things, the coat is quite unembellished and exquisitely cut.
And look who made an appearance – little Gabby! Again, I laugh at myself for having a nickname for her, but I can’t help it. Her curls just get me every time. She actually reminds me quite a bit of my own child at that age: completely uninterested in making anyone’s acquaintance, and certainly uninterested in being the focus of attention.
Still, so adorable in her perfect mini-coat, askew bow, and clinging hands. I love the smile on Charlene’s face and the comfort that Gabriella obviously gets from being in mom’s arms.
And these two are also pretty darn perfect. Goals, guys.
And finally, the third part of this three part post: the Special Olympics!
Charlene went to Austria to support – and walk alongside! – the Monégasque participants of the Winter games 2017. Fashion wise, she was of course perfect: I loved the textured jumper-style jacket, bright red scarf, and the white hat. She actually stood out in the group, balancing their white and red pattern with a sort of opposite white and red pattern, honoring their flag and their unity.
One of my favorite parts of Charlene’s beauty regime is that, if she ever gets the chance to make her lip color a part of her ensemble, she does it with tremendously bold courage. This is an ultimate red that she is rocking here, and it matches the red on their outfits perfectly.
She looked so proud to be there, and so proud to be alongside these incredible people. Clearly this was an important event for her and for her country, and she seemed to have a very full heart while participating. A win in every sense of the word.