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Old 08-01-2009, 10:59 AM
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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
There were only two women by Albert's side last night for the photo op. Everyone else was MIA including the trio. Usually Charlene walks in with that group. Also there is a video of them arriving and Charlene is a least a step behind Albert and Stephanie. Elisabeth is pretty far down the "heir" list and is not presented as such. When Caroline attends Charlene does not walk in beside Albert. Caroline sticks to protocol.
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:08 PM
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photos Charlene Wittstock, l'aura d'une reine au bras de son Albert de Monaco, pour le gala glamour de la Croix Rouge...(réactualisé)
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:35 PM
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if you look when they were arriving (outside ) only Stephanie had flowers , Charlene I dont think got hers until they were inside It could be they were for Caroline since she was not their they gave them to Charlene
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:44 PM
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I don't know after looking at the photos and coverage, I get the feeling that last night's Red Cross Ball was just another Summer Gala in Monaco and not the Red Cross Ball...Caroline's abscense (and her family), the guests...

I recall in a previous Ball, don't remember the year or if it was a Red Cross or Rose Ball, but Elizabeth Ann did get a bouquet, when Antoinette attended she got hers too. I think the bouquet thing is not a hint or something relevant, it was just a sign of courtesy. The bouquets from the Red Cross Ball are usually almost the same every year.

Not going into speculation but if Caroline didn't attend to allow the spotlight to be on Charlene because of an upcoming event...well it was on Charlene this night but then again everyone and the press is talking about Caroline's abscense. Anyway I think this spotlight sharing is nonsense since they have attended many events together and have even been on private holidays (Salzburg, this summer vacation). They do have a good relationship whatever the press wants to make us think.
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:43 PM
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Please note: It has been said before, but: We do not know
why certain family members did not attend, it's the same old
question every time someone does not attend, and as there
are no official announcements about attendances, it's pure
speculation to think about certain reasons. Let us especially
not speculate about Princess Caroline's marriage.

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Old 08-01-2009, 03:53 PM
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It's a shame Caroline or any of her children never attended.
I think Charlene looked wonderful.
I like the fact that Charlene recieved a bouquet, under whatever circumstances.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:29 PM
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I was fortunate to be in Monaco this week including yesterday on the day of the ball & a few things struck me. Firstly, the Monaco edition of the Nice Matin didn't do much in terms of any preview coverage of what is generally regarded to be the biggest social/ fund raising event of the year - just one short story featuring a boutique where ladies might purchase their attire for the evening. Yes, there was a picture on the front page this morning, but again rather limited coverage ( although I do accept this was only a few hours after the event had finished). The last few weeks the newspaper has contained ample coverage of other significant events/ celebrities appearing along the Riviera. Also, when I was walking through the Casino/Port areas during the day I just didnt get the sense that there were a lot of important people in town - very few large yachts (by Monaco standards) moored in the Port for example/ no massive flurry at the Hotel de Paris. I have been in Monaco on quite a few occasions previously on the day of the Ball, particularly in the late 80's, & I have always felt there was a buzz about the place, that this was a special day, but I just didn't get that this year. It was probably best summed up for me when I overheard a woman on her mobile standing near the terraces of the Casino telling someone:
"Tonight we're seeing Estefan, yeah here in Monaco I think." Perhaps it is wrong to yearn for the return of the "old days",but it's sad if the Red Cross Ball continues to decline in status & becomes just a "run of the mill" fund raising bash. I also echo the previous posts who regret the non appearance of Caroline, & hope this is a temporary absence. I agree that traditions like only the Senior members of the Royal Family being presented with a bouquet helps to preserve the occasion. However, for all my gripes I have to say the firework display at the end of the night still looked pretty impressive!
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:00 PM
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Charlene looked amazing

While missing Caroline, I think Charlene looked amazing. And wow - Gloria Estefan really looked wonderful. Overall I think the Red Cross ball didn't disappoint. I'm always glad to see Charlene take an increasingly visible role.

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Old 08-01-2009, 08:06 PM
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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 am absolutely sure... I do agree with you. But ... one problem : Princess Caroline is the First Lady in Monaco, more glamourous and more chic I really miss Caroline of Monaco, you cannot understand me ....

I just dont want that Caroline will let a bit to Charlene to be a real Princess of Monaco ...

sorry but Princess Caroline is unbeatable !!!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:41 PM
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I liked Princess Stephanie's dress. The print pattern looked like the flower bouquet that she was holding.
I think that Stephanie looked great. This is the perfect length of her hair, and her make-up was not overpowering. Also, she seemed relaxed. The affection between her and her brother is very obvious, and although Stephanie's warmth may make her less regal than Caroline (who has this more dignified but colder exterior), her appearance makes this event special.

I just want to comment though that what would have made her look more dramatic is if she wore jewelry appropriate for her stature. Either a really dramatic necklace or earrings would have made her look more stunning. It also would have deflected some of the attention on her wrinkles. Nonetheless, nice to see Stephanie there.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:11 AM
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Charlene and Stephanie looked great. Caroline and her glamour is truly missed. I miss the old days of Rainier and Grace Red Cross Ball's now something seems lacking, ,well time goes on. I think the ball would take on a more enhanced tone if Albert and Charlene was married THEY would appear as more of a team! instead of BFF'S.

I stated this another thread Charlene is looking and getting the perks of being a princess w/o a engagement- How do u think this looks to other royals who is Rainier's peers whom he has earned the principlaties respect.

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The glamour of Red Cross ball is fading. It has been like this for a while. Casiraghi Trio were hope for a fresh air. Caroline was also still bringing some class. But this year is disappointment. There were no Caroline and her children. Karl Lagerfeld did not appear.
I agree that this year's Bal did not have the glamour it usually does, and it's probably due to the absence of PC and the Casiraghi Trio. They seemed to have inherited Grace Kelly's glamour. I thought both Charlene and Stephanie looked great, but I feel like I've seen Stephanie's dress before. Anybody want to take on the daunting task of figuring out if we've seen her in it before, or something similar?

And it does seem to appear that Charlene is getting all the benefits of being Princess Consort with none of the responsibilites. But if we were given the choice wouldn't we want the same?
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Here's an additional gallery from abaca:

** abaca gallery **

And I've felt there were less posed group pictures with
the guests, here are some with Emilio and Gloria Estefan
and one of Albert with Bonnie Mc Elveen Hunter, President
of the American Red Cross.

** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:07 AM
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Thank you very much, Iceflower, for the photos from Abaca Press!
I was intrested in laying the table this time at the Sporting Club!
I liked the table placemats, which had been tied in a bow!

Here are the photos, some of them are very tender and charming!

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http://i28.tinypic.com/w192s4.jpg
http://i30.tinypic.com/6ris1e.jpg (I love this photo!)
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ParisMatch, Reuters.

Enjoy, Dear friends!

Prince Albert, Princess Stephanie and their guests.
There are the high-quality photos.

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Old 08-02-2009, 09:55 AM
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LE PRINCE ALBERT II DE MONACO, CHARLENE WITTSTOCK, LA PRINCESSE STEPHANIE DE MONACO, EMILIO ESTEFAN ET GLORIA ESTEFAN - 61EME BAL DE LA CROIX ROUGE AU SPORTING CLUB DE MONACO 61st Red Cross Ball at the Sporting Club in Monaco, July 31, 2009. The Red Cross Ball is a traditional and annual charity event in the Principality of Monaco.

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MONACO: 61st Red Cross Ball 2009.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock attend the 61st Red Cross Ball at the sporting club in Monte-Carlo-MONACO- Friday 31 July 2009./0908010553

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Thank you for these additions, queenofthelight and Radker

I've found an interesting pic, Gareth Wittstock, the older one of
Charlene's two younger brothers attended the ball as well, here's
a picture of the two sibblings:

----> Charlene and her brother Gareth
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That's a very nice picture of Charlene and Gareth. Good looks seem to run in their genes as well.

I was glad to see Gloria Estefan, one of my favourite singers of all times, at the Ball. Does she attend it regularly? I don't seem to remember her from previous years.

Charlene looked beautiful in the red gown: the lower part of the dress was especially nice - I do like the mermaid style very much.
Stephanie looked wonderful (although I'd say that whatever she wore ) - she looked glowing and happy.

Both ladies appeared to get along well, as for Prince Albert, he appeared to be extremely proud to be flanked between two gorgeous ladies.


One of my favourite pictures from the Ball is this one of Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie: it's nice to see that the siblings are still as close as ever.


Thank you to everyone who posted pictures and information: Red Cross Ball, along with the Rose Ball, is one of my favourite (royal) events of the year.
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Here's another picture gallery from German Bunte, pic 3
is quite nice as it looks like Charlene was amazed by the
impressing flower decoration:

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Old 08-03-2009, 05:18 AM
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I just want to comment though that what would have made her look more dramatic is if she wore jewelry appropriate for her stature. Either a really dramatic necklace or earrings would have made her look more stunning. It also would have deflected some of the attention on her wrinkles. Nonetheless, nice to see Stephanie there.
Yes I was a little surprised by the minimalist approach to jewellery taken by both Stephanie & Charlene, although I very much liked the look of Charlene's bracelet . I wonder if both ladies agreed to take a similarly understated approach. It's certainly a long way from some of the creations of previous years which perhaps is better suited to the current time, but don't you just miss some of those glorious jewelled hair adornments?
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Yes,dear, I missed hair adornments,glamour and sophistication.
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I like Charlene and Princess Stephane's lovely gowns. And, I am disppointed that Princess Caroline did not attend the Monco Red Cross Ball this year. Hope she will attend next year!
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