September 2, 2017

Pique-Nique Monégasque 2017

Happy September, my friends! I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but here in upstate NY, it is getting chilly and crisp. The air around me smells of school supplies, warm spices, and freshly unpacked sweaters that have spent the summer in hibernation. We even had to turn on the heat for the first time since June (yes, June. Apparently this region of the world celebrates winter for 9 months of the year). ANYWAY, I was glad to see that the weather is still beautiful in Monaco, because there they held the annual Pique-Nique Monégasque on the first of September. And not only were Charlene and Albert there together, but the twins came too! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)


Charlene gets first billing here, because this blog is dedicated to her. She looked stunning! She chose an all-black pantsuit by Diane von Furstenberg, which we have seen before: she recycled this ensemble from its first wear this past June, when she visited the La Turbie pool for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation’s Learn To Swim Program. For a woman of her height and figure, it fits her with sublime perfection, and I am so glad we got to see it again.


She accessorized this visit with a new cross necklace, certainly different from the cross she normally wears. This one is playful and long, certainly a daring choice around toddlers.


Her hair and makeup were ultra-feminine and quite relaxed, and as usual, she looked quite in her element with the children. Getting eye-level with them even when in the high heels, which we have often seen Duchess Kate do as well, is worthy of applause.


Speaking of toddlers – look at how cute Jacques and Gabriella are with their matching outfits and hairstyles! I am LOVING how Charlene chose to style their hair the same way. I have seen so many persnickety, irritating remarks out there which refer to Jacques’ hairstyle as “girly” – talk about gender stereotyping! I, for one, love that Charlene couldn’t give a flying fig about gender norms or whatever you want to call it. Both kids have gorgeous, curly hair, and both got braids today. And both kids looked – and are – perfect. PERIOD! (And the matchy-matchy outfits are, for me, always a winner. This is one of the many reasons I’m not allowed to have twins.)

Onto other things, Albert was in appearance today, and I couldn’t have been more delighted to see him! Except…


…for this new moustache. Wow. I’ve got to say that I didn’t see this coming. Isn’t someone supposed to prepare you for this kind of thing? Like with a press release or something? I don’t know. Let me say, for the record, that I know moustaches are all the rage right now. Everyone’s got one, and this one is actually quite well groomed. It’s very reminiscent of his father’s famous moustache. But I’ll be honest with you all: I don’t love it. I can handle moustaches when they are paired with beards, but by themselves…they just don’t send me. If my husband walked in the room with one of these I would send him right back upstairs to shave it off immediately. I give Charlene big props for letting it go this far – perhaps she’s a very supportive wife, or perhaps she actually likes it. I hope so, because she’s the one who has to live with it, and she seems quite content!


But let’s be real, seeing Albert with his babies is one of the sweetest things. I can forgive facial hair disasters (and this one isn’t even a disaster!) for being a great, hands-on father. That is so attractive, and will never go out of style.


A beautiful family and a beautiful day!


  1. The other kid with them was Raphael. I like seeing photos of the twins.

  2. Charlene looks beautiful. I don’t *love* the flippy hair – it looks good, but also a bit dated to me, and I generally prefer her in sleek short hairstyles – and would have preferred a bright lipstick (I am always Team Bright Red Lipstick), but the components of the look work very well together, and the fit of that jumpsuit is exquisite. No wonder she loves it so much she’s worn it three times this year 😀 Love the sleek modern jewellery with it. Charlene’s outfits are always so well thought out.
    I adore the twins’ matching clothes and hairstyles.
    Inspector Clouseau needs to shave. I like his jacket, it’s a lovely shade of blue and a welcome break from his usual Riviera uniform of white slacks and a navy jacket, but the ‘tache has to go (I sincerely hope Charlene DOESN’T like it, because if she does, he’s NEVER shaving it off *shudder*).

  3. Katie Coble says:

    Bahahaha, Inspector Clouseau!!! That is so funny, V. :)

  4. I also think that the twins looked enchanting in their matching outfits and hairstyles. My favourite photos are the 3rd & 4th. The look on Gabriella’s face is priceless and in my opinion she can be a handful. Charlene was her usual self: very elegant and groomed to perfection. Her new hairstyle suits her and gives her a much more femine look. To sum it all up: a stunning and marvellous family!!!!!!!!

Speak Your Mind