Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Monaco were in New York City at Cipriani’s 25 Broadway on 24 October for the Princess Grace Awards gala, which was held by the Princess Grace Foundation – USA.
Prince Albert said of the gala, “It means the world to us, because [my mom] really wanted to do something for young emerging artists and theater dance and film and she was never able to do it.”
Princess Charlene was also presented with a bouquet of flowers by Giselle Paulson before the ceremony began.
This year, Queen Latifah, Leslie Odom Jr, and Camille A. Brown were honoured with the Prince Rainier III Award and Princess Grace Statue Awards, respectively. Naomi Campbell hosted the ceremony, and former Princess Grace Award Winners Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel introduced the twenty-one winners from 2016 to the assembled audience. The winners displayed their talents of dance, theatre, and film.
Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild started off the show with ballet performances. Peck was also a Princess Grace Award Winner. A dinner was served with Tony Award Winning Costume Designer and former Princess Grace Award Winner Paul Tazwell presented both Odom and Brown with the Princess Grace Statue Award.
Afterwards, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene presented Queen Latifah with the Prince Rainer III Award for her philanthropic endeavours through many different charitable organisations. Upon receiving her award, Queen Latifah said, “I looked up to Grace Kelly when I was a kid; I thought she was so beautiful and so talented, but never in a million years did I think I would be having dinner with her son.” Gift bags were also handed out at the conclusion from presenting sponsor, Dior.
Christian Dior Couture president and CEO, Sidney Toledano told the audience, “Princess Grace is a symbol of elegance of the mind—and, obviously, a symbol of wearing couture dresses.”
The Princess Grace Foundation has given grants to over 800 up-and-coming artists in the theatre, film, and dance industries, since its creation in 1982.