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Old 03-19-2016, 05:47 PM
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Although the dress by Valli(?) is too puffy, Beatrice looks great. Compared to the usual, Tatana's ensemble is lovely. Alexandra and Charlotte are so so.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:49 PM
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Beatrice is stunning, love the necklace and gown

Charlotte is just meh. Nothing awful but nothing amazing. Like the hair

Alexandra looks pretty and age appropriate. The only thing odd to me is the positioning of the black belt. It looks like it is either above or on her boobs (like in movies when women used to wrap their boobs in bandages to hide them) Seems an odd placement to me, usually would be below.

Tatiana is a mess plain and simple.

The décor is beautiful but doesn't hit the Cuba theme completely for me. The bar/cars/and backdrops do remind me of Cuba, and some of the framed pics. But the table cloth screams more Hawaii or generic tropics and roses??? I know it seems to have come from the name of an old club in Cuba, but something more tropical would have made more sense for Cuba. And if I read it was true they were going with reggae style music, they do realize this is not Jamaica right? Yes reggae is found else where including in Cuba, but Cuba has a very rich music style and history of its own. Sorry for a bit of a rant but Cuba has such a rich culture of its own and this seems so much like the pre-revolution Americanized version of Cuba which is a shame IMO.

But still all in all the decorations seem one of the best for the ball I have seen.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:52 PM
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Caroline looks great x ........
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:58 PM
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For me Caroline is the Winner of the night!!!!! Very close the Beatrice!! The others....
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:15 PM
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Where's Charlene? We got told last year that she didn't go because Gabriella had a cold, what's the excuse this time? She doesn't seem to attend any events where Albert's extended family are there outwith National Day. It's all very strange as she has always went to this ball in the past.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:25 PM
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I wonder - there is the quite a big part of family from the generation of children and grandchildren of Rainier and Grace. But, what is obvious, no great-grandchildren. Maybe Sasha, India, Raphael, Jacques and Gabriella stayed with Charlene and she is taking care of them, making a little kindergarten , maybe night swimming training camp.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:37 PM
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Happy I saw Caroline now. She looks amazing

Surprised Charlene is not there. Was expecting to see her this year

The great-grandkids are obviously young for a ball. I would assume they are where they are any time their parents go to an event, with their nannies. I highly doubt Aunt Charlene is baby-sitting India, Sasha and Raphael as well as the twins.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:40 PM
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^^^^^ bit unusual for the first lady of the country to be the nanny
Imo P.Charlene might not be a fan of these occasions and happily leaves these to her husband and sister-in-law

P.Caroline looks great, love that P.Alecandra is there too
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:47 PM
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I thought the writing was on the wall when she didn't attend the circus festival this year (even though she did every year before her kids were born). Tonight's absence proves,IMO, that last year's excuse for Charlene missing the ball was a load of rubbish. A line has been drawn, I think, that separates engagements involving Albert and his family and those involving Albert and Charlene.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:51 PM
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I am surprised Stephanie and her bunch are not in attendance.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:59 PM
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Ok... here go my impressions:
the decoration: lovely!
Princess Caroline: Beautiful
Alexandra: lovely, not in a sexy way but in an innocent angelical look ( nice to see her debut in the ball )
Charlotte: ugly dress: doesn't do her any favor, neither for her skin complexion nor for her figure!!!
Beatrice: too much « ruffled »
TatiAna: apropriate and a nice change from her usual style...
P. Charlene: when will that woman learn that she's a souvereign princess and that she has institutional obligations???
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:59 PM
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Beatrice, divaish as always. It's just " me, me, me look at me !!! "
Tatiana very plain as susual.
Charlotte could do so much better! And what's this belly ?!
Caroline suddenly looks years older than she is. The updo does not make her a favour and her makeup is too light.
Alexandra just average.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:11 PM
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I'm sorry if I sound harsh but my views on this ball tonight are very negative. I was disappointed on so many levels that I even think this is maybe the worst Rose Ball I've ever seen. First, the absolutely scandalous absence of princess Charlene. Unless something major has happened, there is no excuse for her not be there, and please, if ever a statement regarding a child being ill comes out, I will be very tempted to doubt it. Twice absences in a row are too much. Second, the looks are totally underwhelming. I can give a pass to the "meh" dress Tatiana is wearing or to the princess-y ball gown of Beatrice (which IMO has nothing to do with Cuba). The best dressed is Princess Caroline, and I' m not even fond of her dress. Charlotte and Alexandra's looks are no comment. Sorry for my rant, but I can't no more.
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I'm sorry if I sound harsh but my views on this ball tonight are very negative. I was disappointed on so many levels that I even think this is maybe the worst Rose Ball I've ever seen. First, the absolutely scandalous absence of princess Charlene. Unless something major has happened, there is no excuse for her not be there, and please, if ever a statement regarding a child being ill comes out, I will be very tempted to doubt it. Twice absences in a row are too much. Second, the looks are totally underwhelming. I can give a pass to the "meh" dress Tatiana is wearing or to the princess-y ball gown of Beatrice (which IMO has nothing to do with Cuba). The best dressed is Princess Caroline, and I' m not even fond of her dress. Charlotte and Alexandra's looks are no comment. Sorry for my rant, but I can't no more.
I totally agree. Where on Earth was Charlene tonight and where was she at the circus festival in January as well? These are events she has attended for years and now she has suddenly stopped.
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I totally agree. Where on Earth was Charlene tonight and where was she at the circus festival in January as well? These are events she has attended for years and now she has suddenly stopped.

Of course, there will be some kind of excuse for her not to be there, but she is the princess of Monaco and as the first lady of that tiny country, she has the duty to be there. This a big occasion, not a small, meaningless affair. I'm glad that someone agrees with me on this.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:33 PM
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Of course, there will be some kind of excuse for her not to be there, but she is the princess of Monaco and as the first lady of that tiny country, she has the duty to be there. This a big occasion, not a small, meaningless affair. I'm glad that someone agrees with me on this.
I had a feeling weeks ago that Charlene wouldn't attend this event. I really do feel that there will be things in Monaco that Albert and Charlene will attend and those that Albert and the rest of his family will go to.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:35 PM
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I had a feeling weeks ago that Charlene wouldn't attend this event. I really do feel that there will be things in Monaco that Albert and Charlene will attend and those that Albert and the rest of his family will go to.
I was hoping to see her tonight instead, simply because she hasn't worked much for ages. I'm sorry if I hurt someone's feelings, but she has completely let me down at this point. It doesn't work like this.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:53 PM
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I was hoping to see her tonight instead, simply because she hasn't worked much for ages. I'm sorry if I hurt someone's feelings, but she has completely let me down at this point. It doesn't work like this.
No, I still agree with you. I was very much looking forward to seeing Charlene tonight but I never get too excited these days as it's almost impossible to predict if she will show up at certain events. I also agree that as Albert's wife that is unacceptable. We should expect her to attend certain events without question and the Rose Ball is one of them. The Monte Carlos Masters tennis is next month and I can't even be sure she will show up there the way things are going. It's pathetic.
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No, I still agree with you. I was very much looking forward to seeing Charlene tonight but I never get too excited these days as it's almost impossible to predict if she will show up at certain events. I also agree that as Albert's wife that is unacceptable. We should expect her to attend certain events without question and the Rose Ball is one of them. The Monte Carlos Masters tennis is next month and I can't even be sure she will show up there the way things are going. It's pathetic.

The point is that most of these events are dear traditions. I would expect a certain consistency in atteding or not attending at least, and not merely showing up whenever one feels like attending and not expecting criticism...
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