Princess Caroline stepped out with her family, including her brother Prince Albert, on Saturday night to attend one of Monaco’s most glamorous events: the Bal de la Rose (The Rose Ball).
She was accompanied by her children and their partners – Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo; Charlotte Casiraghi and Dmitri Rassam; Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo; and Princess Alexandra of Hanover.
Princess Caroline wore her mother’s pearl and diamond suite of jewels, including necklace, earrings, bracelet, and ring; and dazzled in Chanel as a tribute to her late friend, Karl Lagerfeld.
Lagerfeld, who passed away in February, had worked with Princess Caroline since 1999 to develop the theme for each year’s Rose Ball, including tributes to New York, turn-of-the-century Vienna, Cuba, Art Deco, Russian art, and a Beauty and Pop Gala.
Prior to his death, Lagerfeld and Princess Caroline worked on the theme for this year’s Rose Ball, which was to honour the French Riviera.
French-Luxembourgish journalist Stéphane Bern paid tribute to Lagerfeld with a brief speech, saying that “Certainly, the show must go on, but we will not forget… Thank you, Karl.”
The Prince’s Palace Facebook reported that the 820 guests in attendance gave a prolonged standing ovation following Bern’s remarks.
This year marked the 65th Rose Ball. Since 1964, all proceeds go to the Princess Grace Foundation. Tickets cost €800 per person, and the Salle des Etoiles in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club is decorated with 25,000 roses – Princess Grace’s favourite flower.
The Princess Grace Foundation supports humanitarian and cultural endeavours, including helping children in hospital, helping parents to care for their children, pediatric research, and providing assistance at Christmas time; as well as young dancers, writers and other artists.
Princess Caroline has been the President of the Princess Grace Foundation since 1983, the year after her mother’s death. She and Prince Albert preside over the Rose Ball in memory of their mother every year.