April 23, 2017

Princess Charlene in South Africa for Earth Day

Alright my friends, all of a sudden Charlene has been VERY busy. I mean, it has been silence for weeks and then boom: a scattering of events all in one day for me to sift through. I feel like this happens a lot, though: every time I feel like there has been a Charlene draught for a few weeks, she somehow never fails to hear my plea and then give me a deluge of too many events to handle. Either way, we’ve suddenly got a lot of stuff to get through, so let’s get to it! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)


Charlene was in South Africa for Earth Day, promoting the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and supporting the South African Red Cross Society. To that end, she visited the place where the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation was founded: the Gugulesizwe Primary School, just outside of Benoni.


During the visit, she spent time with school children both in and out of the classroom. They were apparently quite proud of their vegetable garden, and I don’t blame them. I’m actually a little jealous, as I have a tendency to kill anything I try to grow. Point being: they should definitely be proud!


For the visit, Charlene chose a patterned black-and-white skirt with a very plain, long-sleeved black shirt. I’m not sure how to categorize the shirt: it doesn’t seem billowy enough to be a blouse, nor does it have the thick fabric to be a sweater. And I certainly wouldn’t call it a tee, because it’s far too dressy. Any ideas?


She paired the outfit with her simple cross necklace, stud pearls, and boots. I have to be honest: I’m LOVING the boots with this skirt. And I’m actually loving the skirt too, though at first glance I wasn’t a fan. It has grown on me! She looked quite chic and relaxed at the same time, which seems to strike just the right balance for this engagement.


She also changed outfits and got down to serious business: CPR training! We have all seen Charlene teach CPR so many times, I almost feel like it’s part of our royal-watching routine by this point. I love how she incorporates CPR as often as possible into her engagements, even if it means getting out of her fancy clothes and down onto the ground.


It made so much sense to bring water safety education back to the place where her Foundation was started, and she seems quite genuinely happy to be teaching these kids. You can see her passion bubbling out of her, and it’s a lovely sight.

Onto other matters, though…


Probably one of the more high-profile events during the trip, Charlene was the guest of honor at Turffontein for Ladies Race Day. I’m not going to lie to you, folks: this one was bad. I mean, in my humble opinion, this was a complete disaster from head to toe. Normally I love what Charlene wears, and I’m always overflowing with complimentary words for her fashion choices, so on the rare moments when she makes a flub, I refuse to feel guilty over saying so. (That being said, feel free to disagree with me – I sort of hope some people out there do!)


The dress was awkward in all senses of the word, from the way it fit to the weird cut out and the sash-like belt. The hat makes me think of a 1930s-style chauffeur, only drunk because it’s lopsided. The shoes draw a fine line here: she actually changed shoes throughout the event, and I’m not sure which were first and which were second. Let me just say that the shoes in the photo above were a home run for me, while the shoes below (and in the first photo of her in this dress) looked so uncomfortable, and seemed to be pinching her feet in the most unceremonious way I can imagine. The only good part about this outfit was the bracelet, which looks super sparkly. While completely off-balance for a daytime event, I can at least give a nod of approval to diamonds.


There were a few other events that haven’t yet released photos, and it’s a shame because they were amazing. She was wearing this gorgeous red dress…and I want you to see it so badly! I suppose I shall have to save it for another post, if I can get my hands on some photos; until then, these will have to tide us over. Good luck to us all.

Now I’m off to go scream into a pillow over that zebra dress.


  1. can you please post pictures of the headboy and headgirl handing the flowers to the princess.

  2. Katie Coble says:

    Hi Portia! If I can get my hands on a photo of that, I will certainly share it. So far, these are the only photos I could get, but I will update as more come in :)

  3. BlumaFee says:

    Hi Katie,
    What else can I say? As usual I agree with you totally, every single word.
    And yes she wore that amazing red dress at a cocktail for her foundation. I think it’s de the same Dior beautiful red dress she wore a couple of years ago in Paris.

  4. https://youtu.be/_ZGu35YYZSc
    Interview with her in the red dress

  5. If it is the same Dior dress it would be her first repeat I can remember.

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