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Princess Caroline and family attended Monaco Rose Ball 2017

Last weekend Princess Caroline stepped out with her family to attend the annual “Bal de la Rose”. The Rose Ball is one of the most prestigious events of Monaco. It is organised to raise money for the Princess Grace Foundation.

Every year the “Bal de la Rose” takes place in Monaco. Princess Grace organised the Rose Ball for the first time in 1954. The revenues of the party go to the Princess Grace Foundation, which provides scholarships to young artists. The price of a ticket is 800 euros. This year it was the 63rd time that the Rose Ball took place. Ever since Princess Grace died, Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline of Hanover are the hosts of the evening.

Princess Grace first hosted the Rose Ball in 1954. Photo: Peter Hans/ Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

This year it was Princess Caroline who hosted the Ball for 900 guests. She was accompanied by her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi, her son Pierre Casiraghi and her daughter-in-law Beatrice Borromeo. Just like every year, the Rose Ball had a special theme. Family friend and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld decorated the building in the theme of the Viennese Secession, an art movement formed in the 19th century by a group of Austrian artists. Karl Lagerfeld used 14,000 roses to decorate the tables and the best soloists of Monaco played several waltzes.

At 9 pm local time the Princely family arrived at the Rose Ball. After the official arrival, the guests took their places and dinner was served. On the menu was caviar, turbot and a dessert with cacao beans. Then the famous tombola took place. Every year there are very prestigious prizes to win such as luxury trips and jewellery. At 11 pm the Princely family officially opened the Ball by dancing. Charlotte Casiraghi was seen enthusiastically dancing with her friends while her brother Pierre and his wife Beatrice seemed to enjoy their moment away from their baby son.

It is noteworthy that Prince Albert didn’t attend the occasion. He usually never misses out. He, Princess Charlene and their daughter Princess Gabriella were spotted earlier that day at the Sainte Devote rugby tournament.

According to the Palace, Prince Albert stayed at home to take care of his twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. It was however for the second time in a row that Princess Charlene was absent from the Rose Ball. The Princess was in Austria at that moment to attend the Special Olympics. The previous years Prince Albert and Princess Charlene officially opened the Ball by a dance.

It was also a surprise to see Beatrice Borromeo at the Rose Ball. The wife of Pierre Casiraghi gave birth only three weeks ago on 28 February to a little son named Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi. She looked stunning wearing a navy blue gown with glitters. Princess Caroline wore a white and black Chanel creation while Charlotte recycled one of Caroline’s old Chanel dresses. The dress was composed of black satin and coquettish lace panelling. Princess Caroline wore the dress in 2000.

  • Elizabeth Pease

    Better check your facts, people. Grace Kelly didn’t marry HSH Rainier until April of 1956. She didn’t meet him until the Summer of 1955. It was a little hard for her to organize the Rose Ball of 1954 if she didn’t meet the Prince until 1955, don’t you think?

    • Eguia Uria Maria Luisa

      Right!

    • Laura Dekkers

      Different sources confirm that the first Rose Ball was organised in 1954. Even the official website of Monaco states that the first Rose Ball was created in 1954.

  • UF

    Royal Princes don’t do well tonsorially. Like Prince William, Prince Albert has lost his “crown”

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