July 16, 2016

Extremes for Princess Charlene: Glamorous Ship Christening and Mourning for Nice

As a person who covers Princess Charlene’s whereabouts, I can tell you that this has been a rather turbulent week for her. It bounced from the glamorous to the mournful in the blink of an eye, quite unfortunately. In the middle of the week, Charlene was christening what has been called the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, the Seven Seas Explorer, in an opulent, glammed-out ceremony complete with a concert from Andrea Boccelli. Next, the Nice attacks occurred and Princess Charlene found herself in black, mourning at the cathedral for the victims and their families. Interestingly enough, the Seven Seas was planning on having excursions to Nice, which have now been cancelled due to the tragic events there.

I’ll start with the positive from the week: the christening of the cruise ship. (All photos courtesy of Facebook.)


Charlene was chosen to be godmother of this impressive ship. The most expensive suite on board, assuming a 10-night stay, would cost more than my family makes in one year.


Charlene certainly took the ship’s extravagance into account when she selected her attire for the evening, matching opulence with opulence. She chose a gorgeous, wide-shouldered, silvery-white gown, which appears to be in raw silk. She looked like the essence of moonlight, a veritable sea nymph rising from the waves. The gown absolutely glittered on the princess, and she paired it with pearl drop earrings, a stunning bracelet full of diamonds, and very voluminous hair. (How does she do this? The woman gets such awesome lift.) The dress is stunning, though in certain lights/angles it seems to cling a bit in the wrong places. But that happens to the best of us, right? She still rocked it.


It was an elegant, exciting event, celebrating the luxury of the ship and the glamour of the evening. A very special honor for the princess and for the ship, that they would each be associated with one another.


The champagne bottle shattered as planned, of course, and the Boccelli concert was extensive and well-received.

Unfortunately, the tables turned very quickly, when Nice underwent horrible attacks during Bastille Day celebrations. Being so close to Nice, the Monégasque people were undeniably shaken by the events, and turned to the Church for prayers and meditation.


Being a devout Catholic herself, Charlene was front-and-center to mourn along with the rest of Monaco (and the world) for the victims and their families.


To shift the conversation here to examine the sartorial aspects of this appearance, it looks as though Charlene is wearing a black version of the Dior dress she wore for the twins’ baptism. (That dress, though, had been altered for that specific occasion; my thought here is that this one is more in the original design.) It was simple, elegant, and understated. Perfect to honor the occasion and those in their prayers.


It’s really tragic to think that people are now at risk simply because they choose to celebrate and have wholesome fun, and that is exactly what happened in France this week. My sincerest prayers are being sent to those who were affected by this tragedy, along with all the other tragedies that seem to be occurring more and more frequently. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: may we all live long enough to see peace in this world. Love to you all.


  1. I observe you do not report on all events with PC with pics available? How comes? Jane covers all of Catherine’s events of this nature – just curious. ( no blaming)

  2. Katie Coble says:

    Hi Imke! I don’t have the same rights to photos the way that Jane does, so that’s why many times I haven’t any pictures to post of certain events. It’s unfortunate, and I try to get ahold of photos whenever possible, but some (most) require purchasing. Actually, this was a very good question, thanks for asking! I always feel so bad when people want to see more but I literally can’t do it legally, so I really appreciate your asking this so it could get cleared up! Thanks for always reading even though I have limitations, I certainly love having you here :)

  3. Dear, most of the pics you can pull from FB. As far as I know it s legal. Let mw knoq if you need to know rhe particular sites. Imke

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