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Old 07-29-2007, 04:56 PM
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A bouquet of flowers

Charlene looked like she was at a sophisticated Toga party.She looked lovely but more was needed. Caro confused looked like Vegas[but still fab and stole the show] and Steph did her hair in a ponytail like when her mother was alive.
The biggest thing I fail to comprehend is why CW did not receive a bouquet of flowers like Pa's sisters and Princess Antoinette.?
That to me says it all.
If this was going to be the next Princess Of Monaco then I think they should have given CW a bouquet protocol to the wind.
I think we are all confounded right now....... and the first hundred years of confoundedness will be difficult after that I guess we will get accustomed
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:05 PM
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Why should Charlene be given flowers? She is not a Princess of Monaco, a member of the royal family or a fiancee. She is a girlfriend, companion, dinner date. If she had been given flowers...I would expect that an official announcement would have been forthcoming.
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:20 PM
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If I am not mistaken Melanie and Elizabeth-Ann did not receive flowers either. I suppose that is because they are not in line to the throne anymore, though neither is Antoinette since Rainiers death, but I suppose that is courtesy to her age
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:40 PM
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If I am not mistaken Melanie and Elizabeth-Ann did not receive flowers either. I suppose that is because they are not in line to the throne anymore, though neither is Antoinette since Rainiers death, but I suppose that is courtesy to her age
I have to admit it does look strange for some of them to receive flowers and others don't. I know what Jaya means, but it does present a case for Charlene not to have walked in with the family.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:19 PM
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Loved Charlene's dress and Steph looked nice. Caroline, well IMO, she over did it. The dress was way to flashy for my tastes. Although, her hair looks better than it has in years!
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:35 PM
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I love the way Albert dances with his aunt. They seem to enjoy a very special affectionate relationship. I am almost tempted to say, it's in the way one treats one's older relatives that one can judge one's person character, but of course, that'd be a silly statement to make. Still, I like their complicity.
Why is that a silly statement to make? I quite agree.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:51 PM
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I liked how caroline and Stephanie were dressed. Caroline of course stole the show. Far off Charlene looked nice. However, close up I did not like her dress and the hairdo did not suite her. I think she looked fabulous at the aids Gala. I must also say that Charlene is looking better now a days and hopefully soon she will get it right.

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Old 07-30-2007, 01:42 AM
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Red Cross Ball - July 27, 2007

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Thank you. INteresting. Who would have guessed that Albert was sick? Apparently he left early after one of his helpers came and never reappeared. They didn't say that Charlene left with him, so I assume he left by himself. Odd though, especially since they are saying that she is close to being the next princess.
Has it been revealed what Prince Albert became sick from? Has this ever happened to him before? I don't ever recall him having to leave the Red Cross Ball early? He really did look very happy earlier too ............. Maybe it was the food?
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:20 AM
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So far there has been no confirmation that Charlene stayed at the ball as Prince Albert has left. The article just states the he left because he was sick. So nothing more and nothing less. Everything else is just speculation. The pictures we have seen so far end after the opening dance, so no one knows what happend afterwards.

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Old 07-30-2007, 06:30 AM
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what is really weird, apart from pics in yesterdays paper, there has been nothing about red cross. NO report. nothing. Usally we have the first report the next day with first pics. and then we have the list of the table 1 or 2 days after. This year zilch. As if the ball never happened. In all the years that I have lived here, this is a first. especially if you consider how many reports there were before the event.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:06 AM
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what is really weird, apart from pics in yesterdays paper, there has been nothing about red cross. NO report. nothing. Usally we have the first report the next day with first pics. and then we have the list of the table 1 or 2 days after. This year zilch. As if the ball never happened. In all the years that I have lived here, this is a first. especially if you consider how many reports there were before the event.
If profits are substantially down from previous years it's best not to report the numbers but you do usually report all the positive things you can and then as you pointed out paca, go into the importance of the Red Cross and lastly set the stage for next years goals in fund raising and goals the Red Cross has for Monaco and around the world. If nothing was said it was a very bad year for the ball. I don't necessary blame Albert but the organizers. If this was to celebrate Grace's life work, they should have had it themed that way and if possible have the children of Grace's Hollywood friends there and any of Grace's friends who are still alive and able to travel. We said this last year that it needs a complete overhaul and now they must do it.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:37 AM
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If profits are substantially down from previous years it's best not to report the numbers but you do usually report all the positive things you can and then as you pointed out paca, go into the importance of the Red Cross and lastly set the stage for next years goals in fund raising and goals the Red Cross has for Monaco and around the world. If nothing was said it was a very bad year for the ball. I don't necessary blame Albert but the organizers. If this was to celebrate Grace's life work, they should have had it themed that way and if possible have the children of Grace's Hollywood friends there and any of Grace's friends who are still alive and able to travel. We said this last year that it needs a complete overhaul and now they must do it.
That is a good point and idea! If they would have planned the event for a Grace-theme, I am sure they would have raised more money. Maybe you knew in Monaco before the night, but I didn't realize (here in US) that it was a Grace theme until the event itself. As many of the ticket buyers are wealthy Americans, maybe they should have promoted it in the US more as well. Also, it's unfortunate for the Casiraghis' private lives, but the fact is that they are a major draw and if they can attend the Red Cross ball in the future, that might add some of the old sparkle to the event. The Charlotte effect must have been great with the Rose Ball and AMADE, so why not use it for the Red Cross too? I wish they had done a Grace theme for the anniversary for Rose Ball too because AMADE was such a major part of her work and life.... I understand why you blame the organizers, not the family, but after all, shouldn't they have taken a higher hand in ensuring a great tribute for their mother?!
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:12 AM
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That is a good point and idea! If they would have planned the event for a Grace-theme, I am sure they would have raised more money. Maybe you knew in Monaco before the night, but I didn't realize (here in US) that it was a Grace theme until the event itself. As many of the ticket buyers are wealthy Americans, maybe they should have promoted it in the US more as well. Also, it's unfortunate for the Casiraghis' private lives, but the fact is that they are a major draw and if they can attend the Red Cross ball in the future, that might add some of the old sparkle to the event. The Charlotte effect must have been great with the Rose Ball and AMADE, so why not use it for the Red Cross too? I wish they had done a Grace theme for the anniversary for Rose Ball too because AMADE was such a major part of her work and life.... I understand why you blame the organizers, not the family, but after all, shouldn't they have taken a higher hand in ensuring a great tribute for their mother?!
True the the family could have been more involved but in events this large you usually have professional party planners and theme organizers that are the creative forces behind it. Frankly I think the one with the creative talent is Stephanie. But my point was that if you look at really successful events like the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala and how they have evolved over the years. behind their theme is the magic of the party planners a kind of your wish is my command team. They are the ones that seek out all the necessary details to ensure the event goes well. The family
(not necessarily Albert as he has a Gov. job to do) should help to ensure that key people would be there to make the event special. Lynn Wyatt could have made a lot of those calls and bang you would have had the A-listers there in a heart beat. She's a perfect example of how to get the job done. The ball has become too provincial to be international - and you are correct about having the trio there. they are necessary to pull in the young jet setters. In fact they should be involved in the party planning at this point too. It needs an overhaul. JMO
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:26 AM
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If profits are substantially down from previous years it's best not to report the numbers but you do usually report all the positive things you can and then as you pointed out paca, go into the importance of the Red Cross and lastly set the stage for next years goals in fund raising and goals the Red Cross has for Monaco and around the world. If nothing was said it was a very bad year for the ball. I don't necessary blame Albert but the organizers. If this was to celebrate Grace's life work, they should have had it themed that way and if possible have the children of Grace's Hollywood friends there and any of Grace's friends who are still alive and able to travel. We said this last year that it needs a complete overhaul and now they must do it.
It is not so much about the numbers. Those I wouldn't have expected for a little while. But there is usually at least some report of the program, the guests etc. This year nothing apart from pics in yesterdays paper. Apparenly the number of guests was as usual, though less prominent, so I don't know about the tombola and overall gains. Ira von Fuerstenberg, who has almost always been there wasn't there either. And Charlene was described as her sons great friend....
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:10 AM
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So Lynn Wyatt was not there this year? I know she has made it a staple of her year in the past.... The Furstenbergs too, and Ivana and Ivanka Trump, Spyros Niarchos, Shirley Bassey, and that one grand dame whose name escapes me, her husband was murdered and it was a big trial ordeal in Monaco for awhile.... all oldies except Ivanka. Yep, we need some young bloods at this event.

Edit: Lily Safra, that's the grand dame I couldn't name before. Her husband was the murdered(?) Edmond Safra. I think the Monaco courts decided that he was murdered by his servant, but there was some doubt about it, wasn't there? Anyway, it's way off topic, but Lily Safra is usually at the Red Cross ball. I didn't see any mention this year, though.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:16 AM
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So Lynn Wyatt was not there this year? I know she has made it a staple of her year in the past.... The Furstenbergs too, and Ivana and Ivanka Trump, Spyros Niarchos, Shirley Bassey, and that one grand dame whose name escapes me, her husband was murdered and it was a big trial ordeal in Monaco for awhile.... all oldies except Ivanka. Yep, we need some young bloods at this event.
Apart from Shirley Bassey, Amanda Lear and Adnan Kashoggi (there is one I could do without) I didn't see any pics of the others. If they were there we surely would have seen pics by now.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:20 AM
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Speaking of wizened old people, apparently Gina Lollobrigida was there too, but without any young escort this time.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:34 PM
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I agree that if the ball this year was a tribute to Princess Grace they should have done more publicity for it and also the Casiraghis should have attended to bring some new air into this ball like they have done with the Rose Ball. Perhaps they could have auctioned a brooch or sth from Princess Grace (like they will be doing in New York) during the raffle just before the show begins.

Indeed the number of celebrities and those who are usual guests at the Red Cross Ball decreased this year, a lot missed the Ball, I didn't even see Lynn Wyatt either. However ball frequent guests like Roger Moore and Gina Lollobrigida did attend the exhibition's opening.

I really hope that for next year's Red Cross Ball, which will be the 60th Ball in history is much better than this year in what concerns to coverage and more famous guests.

They chose a nice picture of Grace for the entrance, but they could have chosen a much better one imo, maybe the one of her in the Jamaica pool or one of her as Princess of Monaco. The entrance's chandelier was covered with thousands of roses too.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:15 PM
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Well, I think it's sad that the profits for this event went down, especially if in the past years it was a major draw.
The ladies looked nice. I was especially suprised with Prs. Stephanie. She looked every inch the lady, very elegant. Very different from some of the other daring, revealing, too tight dresses worn in the past.
As for Prs. Caroline, IMO I think her dress was a bit over the top. Chanel or not, a bit too much. But as usual, she was able to pll it off.
As for Charlene, you can tell she had help for this event. Though I personally did not like the dress on her, it was a beautiful dress and a vast improvement for her. I liked the back of her hair but not the front. And she finally got her makeup right. It played up her eyes and the rest was very soft and natural. And who ever her blond dance partner was in some of those pics, he was very handsome.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:38 PM
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That was Chris Albert cousin, he dance with her all night.
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