Archives for April 2016

April 20, 2016

60th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace

Calling all royal watchers: yesterday marked what would have been the 60th wedding anniversary of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The date holds significance not only for the couple and their family, but for Monégasque history and for royal watchers worldwide. It is, I think, widely believed that the wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) was the event that started royal wedding fever, due to the wedding’s widespread broadcasting; however, I believe that the wedding of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace is the one that really brought royals into sensationalized public interest. It was truly a marriage of royalty and Hollywood, probably the most glamorous story that could have been imagined. Little girls everywhere were aflutter: a normal American girl-next-door being swept away and turned into a real-live princess! Imaginations ran wild, and everyone watching was rewarded with all the extravagance they desired.

This past week, the Princely Palace has been sharing beautiful photos from the week of their glittering royal wedding 60 years ago, and I am delighted to share them with you here to celebrate this very special anniversary. (NB: we’ve all seen the photos of Grace Kelly arriving in Monaco before the wedding – and if you haven’t, check out last year’s post here – so I’ll skip over those so we don’t have to rehash. Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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A very intimate photo of Grace Kelly getting ready for a private dinner at the palace, which I believe was given to honor her family and friends.

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Ah, so regal. Even before becoming a princess.

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The gentleman behind Ms. Kelly, facing the camera, I believe is her father.

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In case you’re just joining us here on the blog, I will fill you in on some details of Monégasque royal weddings: they are two-day affairs, where the first day the couple is married in a civil ceremony, and the second day celebrates the religious ceremony. The above photo is from the civil ceremony of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. The dress she chose for the occasion is certainly elegant, and I only wish I could see the detailing on it up-close!

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This gorgeous and hugely famous wedding gown was designed by Helen Rose, who worked as a costume designer at MGM studios. It is now owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is appropriate as Grace Kelly was a beloved Philly girl through and through (in case any of you out there in Philadelphia were wondering where Kelly Drive got its name…now you know!). The bridesmaid dresses were by Priscilla of Boston.

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The photo that almost all brides have: father and daughter before the ceremony. I love any event where men get to wear top hats and not look ridiculous. Prince Harry looks especially awesome in one…but I digress.

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And of course, the happy couple! This iconic wedding holds a place in so many people’s hearts, and here we are 60 years later, celebrating the day and drooling over the fashion all over again. I’m pretty sure this wedding will never go out of style, and will always be a go-to inspiration for any bride searching for elegance.

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With fond, tender remembrance of the late Prince and Princess: happy anniversary!

April 18, 2016

Princess Charlene at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

It has been an unexpectedly long time since I’ve seen you all – probably because all of us (maybe including Charlene?) have been ogling the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of India and Bhutan. Am I right, or was that one incredible tour? I drooled over almost every piece of fashion, and it gave me a little time to sit back, watch, admire, and recharge my batteries.

Though Charlene has been quiet for a couple weeks, she’s back in full force! Just yesterday, she stepped out in the rain and wore a lovely blue and white ensemble to the 110th Annual Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. She participated in the awards and looked particularly sporty and regal combined – a tough combo, but one at which Charlene and Kate both seem to be pros. (Photos courtesy of Facebook and Getty.)

This outfit really strikes me as a delightful balance of bold and subdued at the same time. The gorgeous blouse and cardigan have an elegant, casual tone to them, but the unusual trousers are très chic and offset the casual with high fashion.

These pockets are so reminiscent to me of Kate’s cornflower blue McQueen – I’m not a huge fan of giant pockets, but there is no doubt that they are a fashion statement and are carried off quite well on these pants.

Her heels are worth mentioning, too! They are completely Dior, I’m certain of it. (Sidenote: my child has been Winnie-the-Pooh obsessed lately, and goes around the house saying “Oh d-d-d-dear” like Piglet. As soon as I saw these, I said “Oh d-d-d-DIOR!” Ha.)

The best part was the Dior heels matched these awesome new sunnies. I haven’t seen these before, so I’m assuming they are new for the Princess, but they might have been tucked away in her closet for ages, who knows. I loved the pop of brightness they (and the heels) lended to the otherwise muted outfit.

Makeup: gorge. Hair: perfect. Earrings: WOW, let’s talk about these! I love, love, love these jewels. They are no joke, and since I’ve been making so many Kate references today, I’ll go ahead and do it again: these are quite reminiscent of the many Kiki McDonough drops that Kate loves to wear. I am loving Charlene’s here for the same reason I love all the Kiki’s: they’re stunning, and can be dressed up or down equally well. They remind me quite vividly of the longer, similar style that she wore last year with her long, white gown at the palace. Gorgeous.

One last, important, adorable shot:

These two. I mean!

See you all again soon – the day after tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier’s wedding, so there’ll be something up here to commemorate the day!

April 3, 2016

The Princess Charlene Rally for International Sports Day in Monaco

Happy April, everybody! I do hope that this month finds you warmer than it does me: my household celebrated this April morning with snow-shoveling. I don’t know about you, but I prefer my springtime months without snow. Though come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time I spent a spring without it…which is rather sad. While my husband was digging the cars out for hopefully the last time this season, I perused the most recent photos of Princess Charlene in sunny Monaco, which were just taken a couple days ago. While International Sports Day isn’t officially until April 6, Monaco and the Princess Charlene Foundation celebrated a few days in advance – perhaps because of the students’ spring breaks or because of the busy schedules of the royals? Who knows why, the important part is that they celebrated! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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The Princess Charlene Foundation, along with various other organizations in Monaco, held the 3rd annual Princess Charlene Rally this past weekend, which involved around 500 middle school students from the principality. Various activities at the rally included races, workshops, conferences, teamwork activities, and even a visual arts center where the students could participate through drawing.

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The Prince and Princess, of course, were a main center of excitement for the students, who got to mingle with the royals throughout the day. The princely couple posed for countless pictures with the participants, to the undoubted delight of the students themselves.

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Charlene looked very casual and stylish in light colored skinnies, a navy blouse, an almost biker-style, short black jacket, and the most heavenly cream heels. I am thinking that these are Dior. Something about the heel reminds me very much of some other Dior pumps that she has. While this outfit is not bad – every element is great, in fact – something about the combination here really bothers me. I think I’m just being picky, but I didn’t enjoy the items all together, even though I like them individually. Is that just me? Due to the fact that each item is great, though, she can pull it off, and comes out of the whole thing looking pretty terrific.

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Hair, makeup, and jewelry were soft, superb, and elegant, in that order. Charlene is always a picture of class when it comes to her jewelry options, specifically because she is always more understated. While I love glitz, I admire her more muted choices. (Also, it makes her glitzy moments really pack a heavy punch, which is all the more exciting.)

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Here’s a sidenote, though: I sometimes wish that Albert would take a cue from Charlene’s dress code and match her a little more. Her ensemble was casual enough that they looked a little mismatched. But maybe that’s just me? It’s something I’ve noticed for some time now. He always looks good and she always looks good, but they don’t always match one another in tone. Anyway, there’s still a very cute couple, so I can’t complain too much!

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Here’s hoping we get to see the couple again on the actual International Sports Day – until then, I wish you all a happy spring full of sunshine and blooms!