April 4, 2015

Princess Charlene Appears on Balcony for Good Friday Procession

Greetings all! As Holy Week comes to a close tomorrow, I’ve been anticipating some sort of appearance from Princess Charlene. My interest was piqued when she missed the Rose Ball – apparently to take care of little Gabriella, who is under the weather with a bug. Her absence from the Ball was like a guarantee that we’d see her at some point during Monaco’s Easter festivities, and luckily, we were right. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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The annual Good Friday Easter Procession occurred on Good Friday (obviously), and to my delight, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appeared on the balcony to observe.

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The procession took place at the Prince’s Palace, giving Charlene and Albert a stunning view from the balcony. The annual procession has been a tradition for around 800 years, and those participating perform The Procession of the Dead Christ, a traveling enactment of the Stations of the Cross. Additionally, the palace is lit up in purple, which for Catholics signifies the color of the Lenten season.

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On to the fashion! For the occasion, Charlene chose a lovely black coat with large lapels and cuffs, pairing it with a bateau-neck dress underneath and chic black pumps. The shape of the coat was exquisitely flattering, a fitted bodice with a full skirt. I did like the neckline of the coat, though the shine and cut of the lapels didn’t suit my preferences. Charlene carried it off beautifully, though.

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Those heels. I swoon. (And I love the cutesy hand-holding. Adorbs!)

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Her hair and makeup were also quite nice, though not as impeccable as usual. Something was off…but I can’t quite put my finger on it. At first I thought it was the smoky eye that didn’t work quite right, or the lighting was poor, or perhaps it was the lack of jewelry, but none of those seems to be the complete answer. Does she just look a bit tired? It seems to make the most logical sense, given the fact that Gabriella has a cold. Sick infants are no joke, people.

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Overall judgment: I liked it! I’m a little tired with all the black these days, and I’m definitely ready for more color (and jewelry!) in the spring. But this ensemble was appropriate, tailored, chic, balanced and lovely. Definitely a win! I hope you all have a very happy, healthy Easter. Another excuse to binge on chocolate…enjoy it, friends!


  1. Laura B. says:

    I don’t know how this is possible, but her face actually looks thinner to me than before she was pregnant. Am I seeing things? Anyway, I agree SOMETHING is different.

  2. Katie Coble says:

    I know what you mean! I can’t tell if it’s the lighting or makeup or what, but something gives her a gaunt look here, even though it’s clearly an illusion since she looks normal at the engagements that followed.

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