Archives for September 2015

September 14, 2015

33 Years: The Passing of Princess Grace

As today marks the 33rd anniversary of Princess Grace’s death, we will pause from our usual, lighthearted banter to take a moment of serious reflection on the passing of Prince Albert’s late mother and Princess Charlene’s predecessor. The world knew her in so many ways: as an actress, a princess, a fashion and beauty icon, a role model, a leader in charitable works, and as a wife and mother. She brought Monaco into the spotlight when she became its Princess, and her premature passing took the entire world by storm.

On September 13, 1982, Princess Grace suffered stroke while driving with Princess Stéphanie, causing her to lose control of the car and veer off of the road. Given Monaco’s jagged landscape, the car spilled down a mountainside and resulted in a severe accident. The princesses were, of course, transported to the hospital, where Princess Stéphanie would recover from non-fatal injuries. Sadly, though, Princess Grace suffered massive internal bleeding and head injuries that were irreversible. Thus, on September 14, 1982, Prince Rainier made the brave and compassionate decision to remove his wife from life support, allowing her to pass swiftly and in peace.

The whole of Monaco (and, indeed, the world) poured out condolences for their princess, who was taken from them at the very young age of 52. Flowers engulfed the cathedral steps as the country reeled in shock from their loss.

Prince Albert and Princess Caroline accompanied their father to the funeral on September 18, 1982. While heads of state from all corners of the world were in attendance, including Princess Diana, Princess Stéphanie was unfortunately unable to attend the funeral due to her own recovery.

The funeral was held at the Cathedral of Monaco, after which Princess Grace was buried on-site. Her husband, who followed her in death some 23 years later, now lies beside her. The graves are visited by thousands of tourists and admirers every year, including some of you who have told me as much in your comments! How lovely that we are still able to visit her tomb and pay respects – and that she has so many devoted followers to this day.

For the Princely family and the Monégasque people, and in particular for Princess Stéphanie who experienced this so tragically first-hand, I’m sure this 33rd anniversary is a tender one, and we wish them all the comfort in the world. Princess Grace’s legend continues to thrive, and she is iconic for people from all walks of life. Be they interested in social justice or fashion or motherhood, undoubtedly they will have taken a cue from Princess Grace at one point or another. To this remarkable lady and the family she left behind, who remember her mostly as mother and friend, she will be missed now and always. May she rest in peace.

September 6, 2015

Princess Charlene Wears Dior at the Princess Grace Awards

Last night, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene made an appearance to honor Robert Redford at the Princess Grace Awards in Monte Carlo. We all knew that they would be there – the couple almost never misses the event, as they are the most obvious hosts – but it’s nevertheless delightful to see them. To see them with Robert Redford, however, was possibly one of the most amazing moments we royal watchers have experienced.

Hollywood royalty and Monégasque royalty in one fell swoop: the perfect and most appropriate result for the Princess Grace Awards. I digress to take a look at a beautiful man:

He is glorious, am I right? Siiiiiiigh.

Where was I? Hmmm. Oh yes!

Charlene-watchers around the globe jumped for joy not only to see the Princess, but to see her in such a gorgeous gown! The Princess Grace Awards were sponsored by Dior, so Charlene gave them an appropriate nod by donning one of the gowns from the current Dior AW15 line. The line itself is stunning, and Charlene chose what might be one of the most stunning gowns it hosts.

She chose a short-sleeved, floor-length, high-necked black gown with red embellishments for the occasion. It was form-fitting, A-line and the material draped beautifully over Charlene’s tall, lean, toned physique. Her gorgeous arms were on display, which is always a good idea for Charlene. I only wish we had some photos of the dress from the back – the dress in the fashion show is backless, and I can only imagine how stunning Charlene’s back must be in this gown!

As far as makeup and accessories go, the makeup was of course completely flawless (and her nails complemented the gown’s embellishments perfectly!). I admit that I was surprised by the earrings. They appear pink in the photos, but it might just be the light bouncing off of the gems. It would be an odd choice of color, with red being so prominent in the dress (and on her lips, and on her nails), so I’m fairly certain the apparent color of the jewels is just a trick of the light and camera flashes. As for the shape of them, though, they are gorgeous, and the perfect complement to the dress embellishments.

One more slight surprise for the evening: Charlene’s hair was not as picture-perfect as it usually is. I don’t find it bad at all – au contraire, it actually looks really good – though Charlene usually doesn’t favor the tousled look. We tend to see sleek styling or bouncing blowouts, and this seemed to be way more of a relaxed look for a red carpet event. It’s still good though…

…and the length/cut of the style is perfection. Her neck!

Charlene and Redford chatting away. How much do I love this photo?! Only this one can top it:

Lovebirds. Sometimes these two seem to be floating on the clouds when they look at each other.

Overall, a total WIN for Charlene and Dior last night! She was dazzling perfection. The perfect successor to Princess Grace, and what better night to show it than at the Princess Grace Awards! Until the next time, enjoy the photos and share your thoughts on this gown!