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Old 08-01-2009, 01:29 AM
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I will repeat after BMC, where is Antoinette? I hope she's OK.
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:06 AM
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The last ball Princess Antoinette attended was the Red Cross
Ball 2006, she'll celebrate her 89th birthday in December, so
you can easily imagine that such an evening event is something
quite trying for such an old lady. So her absence is nothing new
and does not have to mean anything.

Besides that please do not speculate about reasons for the
absence of other family members, we just do not know it as
there never is any official announcement about attendances
or non-attendances.
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:32 AM
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Courtesy of Belga.

Here are two last photos of Charlene and Prince Albert.

http://i25.tinypic.com/10pu9uc.jpg
http://i30.tinypic.com/b7j5w6.jpg
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:07 AM
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It is a tad worrisome that Princess Caroline was not there (and I'm sure many photographers cried over the absence of Charlotte) to keep a regal eye on her younger siblings but I'm sure whatever kept her away was pressing. I thought Princess Stephanie looked great and her and Albert II always seem to light up whenever they are around each other. I think the theme was very nice, Gloria Estefan was great, and no it might not be what it used to be but I think that reflects on those who chose to stop coming rather than the Grimaldis. At the end of the day the "mission" of the ball was accomplished, money was raised for the Red Cross and no matter who or how high-profile were those who provided it, it will help alot of people around the world and God bless the Grimaldis for doing this every year. Everyone wins.
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:12 AM
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Here's another picture gallery from belga, including more
guests who attended, among them were Prince Alexander
von Schaumburg-Lippe and his wife Princess Nadja, I
can't remember having seen him at previous balls before:


** belga gallery 3 **
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Great to see the Schaumburg-Lippes, and also Count and Countess Andrei Ananov and his two beautiful daughters!

Cristina Noghès is in charge of the Red Cross Ball - is she part of Antoinette's family?
There was also someone from the Knecht clan.....

I'm sad not to have seen Melanie.
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Oh, Radker18, You have made my day whilst looking at the first published pics, you have sent. Seeing PA taking the arm of CW has made me happy. (am I now jumping to conclusions ??? .. hope not !) Thank you so much! Now, I am going to read a little further......
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:49 AM
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Hola has chosen one of the best pics from last night
for their article about the ball:

** El baile de Alberto de Mónaco y Charlene Wittstock **
("The ball of Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock")

** Hola gallery **

And here are some pics of the red/orange decoration of the
Sporting Club and the tables, the dress in pic 3 has been the
worst of all dresses of this year's ball in my eyes


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:56 AM
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Stephanie's hair looks better with length, but she looks like an old leather boot. Too much sun does NOT pay off!!!
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More photos of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock.

http://i26.tinypic.com/1060jdh.jpg
http://i26.tinypic.com/2mydi14.jpg
http://i31.tinypic.com/280jog2.jpg
http://i32.tinypic.com/2vb6b1x.jpg
http://i25.tinypic.com/2u41sw1.jpg
http://i25.tinypic.com/ifa6mo.jpg (This photo is chic!)
http://i26.tinypic.com/166bwgn.jpg
http://i26.tinypic.com/28anc5c.jpg
http://i32.tinypic.com/2cges7d.jpg
http://i26.tinypic.com/2s7ykbk.jpg (A sincere smile of Charlene)
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:17 AM
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Iceflower and Queenofthelight ! I thank you for these photos of PA and CA. They radiate a positive feeling. They are looking happy and this makes me happy, too. It does give so much hope !
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Any Video from last night ?
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What a shame Caroline wasn't there!
Charlene and Stephanie looked great IMO, but Albert should do something about his weight, he looks huge in the white jacket...not healthy.
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Princess Stephanie's Dress

I liked Princess Stephanie's dress. The print pattern looked like the flower bouquet that she was holding.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:11 AM
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I liked Princess Stephanie's dress. The print pattern looked like the flower bouquet that she was holding.
It used to be that way all the time. The florist was told what the royal was wearing and arranged the bouquet to compliment the dress. I think Stephanie looks very nice this year. I like her dress because it's light and airy, very summery. Unfortunately, I don't like Charlene in red. There are few people that can wear that shade of red and Charlene isn't one of them. I also have a problem with the way the bodice of the dress is fitted. It is way to tight and one's eye is drawn not to her face but to the obvious but then that's Charlene.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:29 AM
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Wow, Ivana Trump looks old!! I realize she is no spring chicken but geez, those arms need some work, either start lifting weights or with all the money she has, spend less on her face and get some work done on those arms!! That is what ages her. she also needs to cut off alot of that hair, at a certain age in women,very long hair is very aging. Didn't she wear that same dress or a very similar one last year??? Sorry to be so critical of Ivana, but all the money she has, she can afford to look better than that!!!

I thought Stephanie and Charlene looked absolutely stunning!!! Charlene is starting to come into her own these past few yrs. I used to not like her but now I think she is growing on me. I am finding there aren't so many negative comments about her anymore like there used to be! I was dissapointed that Carloline was not there, she adds alot of charisma to the ball!!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:41 AM
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It is a tad worrisome that Princess Caroline was not there (and I'm sure many photographers cried over the absence of Charlotte) to keep a regal eye on her younger siblings but I'm sure whatever kept her away was pressing. I thought Princess Stephanie looked great and her and Albert II always seem to light up whenever they are around each other. I think the theme was very nice, Gloria Estefan was great, and no it might not be what it used to be but I think that reflects on those who chose to stop coming rather than the Grimaldis. At the end of the day the "mission" of the ball was accomplished, money was raised for the Red Cross and no matter who or how high-profile were those who provided it, it will help alot of people around the world and God bless the Grimaldis for doing this every year. Everyone wins.
Indeed Pricess Caroline not attending is a shame because she always bring a touch of class at the event. I've noticed that Charlene's been offered a bouquet this time, usually not so maybe it's a step to the officialisation of her relationship with Prince Albert and Princess Caroline wanted to let Charlene be the star of this year(My own opinion though)
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Charlene looked really nice and so did Stepanie. Ivana broke up with her husband a couple of months after the wedding. Ivana always dresses in gowns that are not great for her she also needs to stay out of the sun.
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Indeed Pricess Caroline not attending is a shame because she always bring a touch of class at the event. I've noticed that Charlene's been offered a bouquet this time, usually not so maybe it's a step to the officialisation of her relationship with Prince Albert and Princess Caroline wanted to let Charlene be the star of this year(My own opinion though)
I wouldn't read too much into Charlene getting a bouquet. With Caroline absent and only Stephanie there it would have been rude not to have given Charlene a bouquet. Notice as mentioned above the arrangement was done to compliment Stephanie's dress.
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I wouldn't read too much into Charlene getting a bouquet. With Caroline absent and only Stephanie there it would have been rude not to have given Charlene a bouquet. Notice as mentioned above the arrangement was done to compliment Stephanie's dress.
What about all the other RCB's wear the princesses's was offered bouquets and Charlene was not offered one. I don't think the Elisabeth (cousin) is offered a bouquet when she attends.
It alwas seemed to me that the princess consort or the princess of the blood recieves these honors
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