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Monaco’s annual Rose Ball kicks off party season

Saturday night saw glitz and glamour descend on the Salle des Etoiles restaurant at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club as the royal family of Monaco hosted the 64th annual Bal de la Rose, or ‘Rose Ball’. Creatively designed and directed by Karl Lagerfeld the theme of the exceptional event, which brings together the elite and international high society was ‘Manhattan Ball’.

Members of the royal family in attendance included the late Princess Grace’s eldest daughter, Princess Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Pierre Casiraghi and his wife Beatrice, Charlotte Casiraghi and her rumoured fiancée Dimitri Rassam, and Princess Alexandra of Hanover. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were not in attendance.

Known for being a radiant spectacle in fabulous décor, the Rose Ball boasts a different theme every year, a tradition started by Princess Grace, who associated the ball with a different country and rose each year. The event attracts people who “wish to be part of the dream and enchantment of Monaco”.

The annual Rose Ball is always a key date in the calendars of society’s elite but it is more than just a social event – it is first and foremost a charity event which sees all proceeds go to the Princess Grace Foundation, which helps people and children in need through the development of humanitarian and philanthropic projects.

The Princess Grace Foundation was founded by the late princess in 1964, originally to support local artisans. Princess Caroline is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and Prince Albert is Vice President.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA was founded after the princess’s passing to continue her work and specifically to help emerging theatre, dance and film talent in the US through scholarships, fellowships and apprenticeships. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million USD to almost 500 artists across the United States, where the princess was born.

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