September 13, 2016

Pique-Nique Monégasque 2016

This past weekend, the Princely couple attended the annual pique-nique Monégasque, and to the delight of the crowds, Prince Jacques was in attendance as well. He was super adorable, of course, though we were all left searching for Princess Gabriella. Unlike last year, when both twins attended the picnic, this year only one half attended, and I’m scratching my head to figure out why. My guess is that it must be something completely run-of-the-mill, like Gabriella must have a cold or something, or perhaps was just having an off day, but it’s always a little jarring to see one of these little tykes minus the other one. I guess that’s what happens with twins though, they’re always expected to be together for no real reason whatsoever. (If you’re a twin and have experienced this, let me know!)

Prince Jacques was probably the only thing that could possibly have taken all the attention away from his mother, and he really is starting to look like the most handsome little boy! I am super interested to see which boy ends up more handsome, Prince Jacques or Prince George. Right now they’re tied for cuteness!

Has anyone noticed Jacques’ adorable CURLS? They are getting long, and I love them! I have heard from mothers of boys and girls that it’s tougher for moms to cut their boys’ hair, and seeing this photo, I can understand why. Look how sweet! (Plus, anyone else notice how Charlene’s lipstick is the EXACT same shade as Jacques shirt?? Talk about coordination!)

Now…let’s talk fashion!

Charlene looked ultra-chic for the pique-nique in a structured Vilshenko floral-print dress. The cut is absolutely gorgeous and it fits her perfectly, but I can’t make up my mind whether I love or hate the print. She certainly makes it work: she coordinated with just the right makeup and subtle jewelry to let the dress take center stage, and it’s not overwhelming on her. It’s just…that print. Florals can be lovely, and I think I’m leaning toward liking this dress. It’s just that it reminds me very much of the Duchess of Cambridge’s recent McQueen:

Remember this one? Great from a distance, but when you get close up…

…oh dear. Like Jane said in her post, it’s like all the emojis fell out of her phone and landed on her dress. I think Charlene’s Vilshenko is much better, especially when you see these two side by side, but it still has the same quality that makes me pause.

Having sufficiently overthought all of this, I think I can come to the conclusion that I would call this a win. Especially with those shoes – yes! And once again sporting the Dior classic earrings-that-go-with-everything, the entire look comes together with great success. She was chic, elegant, poised, and still able to dote on her little boy like any mother would.

What do you all think of this dress? Yay or nay?


  1. There is a photo of Princess Charlene holding Princess Gabriella at the picnic, But Princess Gabriella saw the crowds and wouldn’t stop crying. The blog graciemonaco has photos od Princess Charlene holding Princess Gabriella.

  2. Katie Coble says:

    Ah!! That explains everything! Thank you so much for letting me know :) :) :) Though I am sorry to hear that sweet Gabriella was teary…such is the way.

  3. Your welcome.

  4. As usual Princess Charlene rose to the occasion and was every bit the fairytale princess!! It is a pity that Gabriella cried so much that she had to be taken back home. God bless the royal family of Monaco.

  5. Katie Coble says:

    Amen! :)

  6. The McQueen Obsession print comprises an extremely interesting “Vanitas” motif featuring details that go back centuries. “Emojis” don’t quite describe it.

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