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It’s in their Blood – the Monegasque Royals & Sport

  July 19, 2010 at 12:49 am by

Cousin Charlotte rides; Alexandra skates. Uncle Albert was an Olympic bobsledder. Great-Grandpa Kelly was an Olympic rower. Last weekend, Pauline Ducruet of Monaco — erstwhile protege of Franco Knie in the taming of elephants — competed in the 1-and-3-meter diving competitions at the European Junior Swimming and Diving Championships, held in Helsinki, Finland. The event didn’t stand a chance to be in headlines over the weekend, not with Spain and … Continue reading

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Charlene Wittstock & Prince Albert – Why Now?

  June 27, 2010 at 6:33 am by

This month, royal watchers were speculating about the odds of another royal couple’s engagement. Daily Beast editor Tina Brown opened a Pandora’s Box of hopes and doubts relating to a couple of “missing” dates on the Court Circular, that monthly bulletin of scheduled activities for the British royal family. Alas, to the surprise of few, if any, Prince William and Kate Middleton demonstrated (again) that they will not be cornered … Continue reading

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Charlotte for President! All in Favor?

  June 27, 2010 at 6:27 am by

Charlotte Casiraghi has arrived upon a new stage of her career as a public figure. Yes, that’s what I said: public figure. For Miss Casiraghi became just that when she accepted the role of Gucci’s equestrian muse. In fact, since last year, she has been steadily on her way to becoming a patroness of her favourite sport. Now she is something more, something highly official, and ever more like her … Continue reading

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Princess Caroline and World Refugee Day

  June 21, 2010 at 5:29 am by

There was plenty of speculation as to whether Princess Caroline would attend the highly anticipated royal wedding in Sweden. Royal watchers everywhere longed to know if she would attend, and if yes, would she have a “date,” or just her brother to escort her? Even the most conservative royal watchers, skeptical of the truth of her divorce from the Prince of Hanover, seemed resigned to the unlikelihood that he would … Continue reading

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Princess Welcomes New Generation of Monegasques

  May 28, 2010 at 12:38 am by

American mothers were celebrated this year, as always, on the second Sunday of May, which turned out to be the ninth. In the UK, Mothers’ Day was observed on March 14th. For Monaco, it is this Sunday, the 30th. Casually known as Monaco’s First Lady (or, perhaps, First Mother?) the Hereditary Princess Caroline paid a visit today to the maternity ward of Princess Grace Hospital in Monte-Carlo. She met the … Continue reading

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The Prince Pierre Prizes

  May 8, 2010 at 4:09 am by

Princess Caroline of Monaco has met laureates and fellow jury members of the Prince Pierre Prizes for Contemporary Art, Literature and Music. To a formal lunch at the Grand Vefour restaurant in Paris, the elegant Princess wore a beige skirt suit and beige-black shoes, all from the favored house of Chanel. The Prince Pierre Foundation was created by Prince Rainier III in 1966 to honour his father and perpetuate the … Continue reading

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Monaco’s Flower Power

  April 29, 2010 at 1:32 am by

On April 24th, the 43rd International Flower Show and the 13th Salon “Reveries sur Jardins” took place in Monaco. The Sovereign, Prince Albert II, arrived for the double-billed event with his elder sister. Princess Caroline cut a brazen figure in peep-toe Louboutin heels and fishnet stockings. She wore a billowy taupe green, sleeveless summer dress with a V-neck. Her necklace had gigantic Jade gemstones, pearls, and crystals. There was an … Continue reading

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Monaco Rose Ball, Moroccan Style

  March 31, 2010 at 12:59 am by

Saturday, 27 March 2010: The “Salle des Étoiles” in the Monte Carlo Sporting Club was alighted for the occasion of Monaco’s 56th Annual Bal de la Rose. The ball, with a fresh theme each year, raises money for the Princess Grace Foundation. This year the theme was Moroccan, so the “Stars Room” was decorated under the mastery of Princess Caroline’s friend, Jacques Grange. Grange combined Oriental style, produced in and … Continue reading

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover might be Monaco’s next Olympian

  March 6, 2010 at 1:07 am by

On Sunday, January 17, Princess Alexandra of Hanover accompanied her family to Monaco’s Circus Festival. After the show, instead of going home to play with cousin Camille, she committed herself to practice for the Principality’s upcoming figure skating championship, scheduled for five weeks later. Therefore, she put on her ice skates for a not-quite private session. Unfortunately, the rink at the Rainier III Nautical Stadium (“Stade Nautique”) isn’t covered. The … Continue reading

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