January 27, 2017

The Feast of Sainte Dévote

For those of you who have been following for a couple years now, today’s celebration in Monaco will be no surprise to you. But for those of you who are new to this site, first of all, welcome!, and second, let me introduce you to Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Dévote, whose feast day is celebrated today. Sainte Dévote was not actually from Monaco, but her martyred body drifted ashore there, guided by an angelic dove. When her body was discovered, she received a proper, Christian burial, and has since looked after the principality. The Monégasque people have always been fiercely protective of their saint, to the extreme of burning a theif’s boat after he unsuccessfully tried to steal her relics some 900 years ago. As a reminder of their loyalty (and as an invocation of her protection), every year the people of Monaco burn a boat in honor of Sainte Dévote. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)


The custom of boat-burning takes place on the eve of Sainte Dévote’s feast, where the Princely family proceeds from the chapel to set a boat ablaze. Charlene never fails to attend, even just after having given birth to her twins a couple years ago. This is one of my absolute favorite events of the entire year, mainly because of the spectacle of the whole thing. The bright yellow flames against the dark night sky, the glowing-white chapel in the background, the fully-robed priests bringing a sacred gravity to the ritual – it’s all so theatrical and mesmerizing.


But I know y’all just came here for the fashion 😉 Just kidding. Sort of.


I am always so thrilled to see what Charlene chooses to wear for the boat-burning. Last night, she looked so chic I could have cried. She chose a charcoal grey turtleneck – should I even be calling this a turtleneck? It’s high enough on the neckline, but that word doesn’t jive with me. Maybe just a high-necked blouson with a notched collar? Whatever it was, it oozed elegance and finesse.


She paired the grey with an extraordinary, aubergine cape. The cape does have slits in it for her arms, but she opted not to use them. Why? I have no idea. Perhaps it was just slightly too chilly in the night air, and she needed the extra fabric. Whatever the reason, the draping of the cape made for a very dramatic effect, and you already know how much I love the wine color on Charlene. Yessssss.


Hard to see here, I know, but she paired this with high, yet flat, black boots. A suitable choice for her ensemble and for the cobblestones, I think.


Makeup, hair, jewelry, all on point. (As a sidenote, I’ve been looking through people’s opinions today just randomly on the internet, and many seem to be fixated on this idea that she may have had some plastic surgery done recently. I will definitely touch on that, but in a separate post.)


Today, the festivities continued with a full Mass at the cathedral, followed by the necessary balcony appearance. In a drastic opposition to the choice of colors last night, today Charlene went completely beige. If I had to choose, I would opt for the evening tones on Charlene – something about beige seems to wash her out, just from my perspective. But she did look lovely, and didn’t put a foot wrong.


The coat she chose had almost a mermaid flair to it, fitted through the hips and opening toward the claves. Very interesting. But I’ve got to be honest, my main obsession was the boots. These BOOTS, guys. I was in boot heaven.


Is this family adorable?! I wish we had some better pictures of the kids, but none of the ones I found really were worth sharing. This photo stole my heart though!



…these two. Look how cute they are. Insert little cartoon hearts all around them!


A happy Sainte Dévote’s day to you all!


  1. Katie, I fully agree with your comments. Charlene’s boots are something to die for. Apart from being her usual elegant self, she looked very, very happy and relaxed. And what about the twins? They are bewitching!!! A lovely and adorable family!

  2. emilie convers says:

    Moi aussi je suis au paradis des bottes lorsque je vois son Altesse la princesse Charlène porter d’aussi belles bottes de cuir.
    Quelle Allure ! Quelle classe !

  3. Charlene and Albert both appeared very relaxed and happy. Charlene certainly takes advantage of her clothing allowance and never fails to deliver chic and lovely outfits. I do, however, like her a little blonder, though she may just be between colorings. I love the pictures you have!

  4. Angezogen ist die Fürstin wunderschön, wie immer. Hingegen muss ich schon sagen, dass sie mir mit etwas längerem Haar besser gefällt. Die Zwillinge sind einfach nur süss, vielen Dank für die herzigen Bilder!

  5. Lovely pics, beautiful family!

  6. Charlene is fierce, being on a visit to south Africa, ladies are very well dressed over there, Europeans are sloppy!!

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