December 13, 2014

Welcome! Let’s be friends!

Let me be the first to welcome you to this site, which will follow the life and style of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco. I am so looking forward to sharing my enjoyment of royal watching with you, and I hope we can become a wonderful community of friends. (Just as a sidenote: I know I promised baby pictures in the last post, but I have since learned that the twins won’t be introduced to the public until early January. So those pics are coming, just not quite as soon as I’d hoped!)

This blog is an extension of Jane Barr’s blog, From Berkshire to Buckingham, which follows HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. For all of us Kate watchers, that site is an absolute treasure-trove of the Duchess’s engagements, fashion, and her life as a royal. It is my hope that this space can be an additional watering hole for those of us who delight in those very topics, with the slight shifting of our gaze from Britain to Monaco.

And after spending some good time strolling the chilly, rain-slicked, romantic English streets that surround Kate, it will be such fun to look at how the other royal-half lives. We shift from the UK’s rolling, magical clouds, to the rocky coast of the warm Mediterranean, sun-soaked and with the tingle of seaspray on our skin (or on our laptops, as it were).

Ah, Monaco. The Riviera, Monte Carlo, hypnotic French accents and the deep-blue sea, all in one fell swoop. Bonjouuuuur to the glamour, excitement, beautiful vistas, and bikini-clad starlets (with their impossibly impeccable suntans). God certainly gave with two huge handfuls when he carved out that little piece of paradise, and it is an idyllic backdrop for royalty. When Prince Albert II was looking to settle down, Charlene arrived in gorgeous perfection, like a real-life mermaid splashing out of the sea. Given the fact that Charlene is a former Olympic swimmer, is breathtakingly beautiful, and married a Prince from a seashore principality, it’s actually not such a far fetch. And for those of us who already were waxing poetic about the beauty of Monaco, well, Charlene just became the jewel in Monaco’s crown.

Just a little backstory, in case you’re curious: HSH Princess Charlene was born Charlene Wittstock, and spent the first portion of her life living in Zimbabwe and South Africa. As previously mentioned, she is a former Olympic swimmer, and represented South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. As far as her life with Prince Albert II goes, she reportedly first met the prince at Monte Carlo over 13 years ago, but the two have been officially an item since 2006. They were married in July of 2011, just a few months after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were wed. A few years later (read: this year!) it was announced that Albert and Charlene were expecting twins, which she delivered on Decmeber 10, 2014 (see the previous post for further details!). Now the Princely Palace is abuzz with excitement in welcoming the newborn heir to the throne, Hereditary Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, and his twin sister, Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie.

All that being said, I still can’t figure out what it is exactly that draws me to Charlene…all I know is that I just really, really like her. Charlene is so intriguing, and her eyes always seem to hold something behind them, giving her an air of mystery. Perhaps it’s her beauty that draws us so, or perhaps – and let’s just call a spade a spade here – it’s the fact that she is filling the shoes of Princess Grace that does it. After all, Charlene’s predecessor lived such a fairytale life of icon-turned-Princess that we all were taught to find so romantic. Maybe it’s the fact that Kate and William were in the spotlight at around the same time, upping the royal ante and the interest in royal everything. Or maybe it’s all of the above, none of the above, a pinch of this and a dash of that, or something else entirely. But as long as that intrigue is coming from a good place, it doesn’t really matter.

Whatever the case may be, I’m sure we’re all drawn to this experience for different reasons, and I’m excited that you’re here with me! Please share your thoughts if the spirit moves you, introduce yourselves, and make yourselves at home. Check back soon, so together we can get acquainted with Monaco’s princess!

Comments

  1. Damaris Lewis says:

    Congratulations!!

  2. Katie Coble says:

    Thank you for stopping by! Hope to see you again in the future :)

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