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Old 03-20-2016, 03:15 AM
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It's nice that Caroline still has some events where she is the royal hostess.
The Rose Ball is an appropriate occasion where Albert accompanies his sister some years.
Stephanie and her children gave it a miss too. Where were they?
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:54 AM
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Stephanie's children haven't attended any of the two balls (Rose/Red Cross Ball) yet.

Stephanie sometimes attends, sometimes she doesn't, and if so it's mostly been the Red Cross Ball in summer she attended in recent years.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:08 AM
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On this forum and in the boulevard press the Bal de la Rose is blown up out of all proportions. Why? Because it is (was?) a glamorous event in a mondaine resort at the sunny French Rivièra. That is all. They want to see how royals or celebs look like. What the ball is for, what the foundation does, it is all of no importance. It is spotting dresses, jewels and giving comments on how ladies and gentlemen look. That is a very nice hobby and we all do it. But almost to "demand" that someone MUST attend because he/she has this/that position....

This is a ball. You know: saying hello to total strangers, sitting around a table with a number, having the occasional sun-tanned, white-plastic-teethed and botoxed money-giver lauded, hail him, hail her, our modern Mother Theresas.... and then we go dance! Oh yes, do not forget to donate some big bucks for our little sweeties in difficult circumstances. That is all. When the Princess prefers to spend the evening elsewhere, for an example with her two kids, then that is a legitime choice.

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I agree about Charlene avoiding Caroline
Charlene wasn't at Andrea and Tatiana's religious wedding and I don't think she was in the balcony picture next to Albert at Pierre and Beatrice's wedding at the palace in Monaco
That was a very sensible thing to do from Charlène. She is nothing to Pierre and Beatrice. She is just the lady who happens to be married to their mother's brother. It was logical the Princess kept a low profile. She connects to Pierre like Timothy Lawrence connects to Prince William. Think about that. And once again: this was a wedding of two private citizens, one by coincidence having a prestigious mother. For the rest they play no any role in monegasque affairs and it was no State Event either.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:34 AM
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I had quite high expectations but I had to dissapoint!
Charlotte's dress/pantsuit looks awful - bland color, material gets easily wrinkled, its shapeless and make her body look flat. I'd say very bad ad for Chanel. Those shoes look ugly as well. Like her hairdo.
Beatrice would have been my favorite with that red ball gown but I think she looks a little too showy with her voluminous dress (compared to other ladies). And her hair look inexcusably messy and unkept with that gown! Like her necklace.
Its so good to see Alexandra attending, she has become very lovely young lady. Like her dress but what is the meaning of that black ribbon/belt under her armpits???
Caroline looks beautiful and this dress style suits her perfectly.
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:09 AM
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She is no Sovereign Princess but just the wife of.
She has no institutional obligations except just being the wife of.
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In essence it IS a small and meaningless affair. It is a bal. A dance event. And rich foreigners have to pay fees to attend, the revenues go to a charity. No more, no less. Every day there is a fundraising event somewhere in London. The Queen never attends. Boohoo to her too, then?
Apparently this Rose Ball *was* important enough for the sovereign, P.Albert, to attend...When QEII attends an event like this usually P.Philip does too; when K.W-A attends a gala Q.Maxima attends too; when K.Philip attends, so does Q.Mathilde...(to copy your style of posting )

That said, it's no use comparing royals; imo P.Albert and P.Charlene live their life the way suits them, and P.Caroline is an absolute Pro at these sort of events so it's a situation that works best for them as it is
just my 2cts ofcourse...
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:18 AM
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But... King Willem-Alexander often has separate engagements. Queen Máxima often has separate engagements. Going to openings, theatre, ballet, concerts, diners, just "alone" (there is a whole fleet of people around them).

When Philippe or Camilla or Frederik appear alone, no one asks: "Hey... where was Mathilde / Charles / Mary??!!!!" When Prince Alberts appears alone, it is immediately a crisis in Monaco or something...
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:40 AM
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Nobody said anything about a crisis, I certainly didn't and I didn't say the Rose Ball was about saving the world.

I said I find it odd that the Sovereign's consort is so often absent.

I also find it extremely odd that she skipped out on so many of Albert's family's events like weddings.

But it's just my perception - I certainly don't have the impression that Albert is bothered. I think the way they arrange things between themselves suits them.

Like I said, it's my perception - they can do what they want.

It all looked fine, they looked like they were enjoying themselves, I liked looking at the clothes (so would have liked to see Charlene there for that reason alone) and money was raised for charity - the latter being completely meaningless, of course.
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:41 AM
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I do not think that other royals appear single in a Saturday night event on their place. I never saw Mary or Maxima alone in this kind of events. When a couple, even not a royal are married, they share family bonds and appear together, at least at weddings or funerals. Charlene abstaining from escorting her husband in yesterday ball or in his nefew wedding, with only explanation what they do not have blood bonds, it ubnormal for any married couple
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:43 AM
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Wow, it is just like they made a competition, who is going to have the worse look!
Char's belly again...
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:51 AM
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I do not think that other royals appear single in a Saturday night event on their place. [...]
It was not "on their place". The ball was held in the Salle des Étoiles at the Sporting Club de Monaco.

And yes... various royals have appeared all alone at events without hubby:

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Old 03-20-2016, 05:56 AM
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I do not think that other royals appear single in a Saturday night event on their place. I never saw Mary or Maxima alone in this kind of events. When a couple, even not a royal are married, they share family bonds and appear together, at least at weddings or funerals. Charlene abstaining from escorting her husband in yesterday ball or in his nefew wedding, with only explanation what they do not have blood bonds, it ubnormal for any married couple
I think we all have taken our positions on this fandesacs2003 and I agree with you, it's just strange. However, some people perceive it as normal - we're never going to persuade each to a different point of view!

On another note I've seen some little videos on Instagram and Alexandra took off her coat and was dancing. Her dress was quite different, quite conventional and she looks lovely.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:11 AM
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That was a very sensible thing to do from Charlène. She is nothing to Pierre and Beatrice. She is just the lady who happens to be married to their mother's brother. It was logical the Princess kept a low profile. She connects to Pierre like Timothy Lawrence connects to Prince William. Think about that. And once again: this was a wedding of two private citizens, one by coincidence having a prestigious mother. For the rest they play no any role in monegasque affairs and it was no State Event either.
Perhaps, but personally I would expect my uncle and his wife to attend my wedding (and Timothy Lawrence was at Prince William's wedding).
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:18 AM
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It was not "on their place". The ball was held in the Salle des Étoiles at the Sporting Club de Monaco.

And yes... various royals have appeared all alone at events without hubby:

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That must have taken you some time. Sorry, I still don't feel you have proven your point.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:26 AM
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Perhaps, but personally I would expect my uncle and his wife to attend my wedding (and Timothy Lawrence was at Prince William's wedding).
Prince Albert and Princess Charlène did attend the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Donna Beatrice Borromeo in the Palais Princier. On the same evening she appeared at the Bal de la Croix Rouge monégasque.

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That must have taken you some time. Sorry, I still don't feel you have proven your point.
No, it did not took that much time. The point was that all these royals appear on events without spouse, and no fuss is made about that. When Prince Albert appears without Charlène, immediately a drama is made out of it. That was the point.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:37 AM
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No, it did not took that much time. The point was that all these royals appear on events without spouse, and no fuss is made about that. When Prince Albert appears without Charlène, immediately a drama is made out of it. That was the point.
No, it's not a drama - it's just several posters don't have the same opinion as you.

We happen to think the Rose Ball is a social high point in Monaco so the Sovereign Prince's consort could legitimately be expected to attend.

You think it's not a major event so it isn't a big deal.

Do I think there's a crisis in Monaco or that the world has stopped turning? No. Just bizarre... She used to attend - but then so did Stephanie. Things change. We'll get over it. 😮
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:40 AM
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Prince Albert and Princess Charlène did attend the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Donna Beatrice Borromeo in the Palais Princier. On the same evening she appeared at the Bal de la Croix Rouge monégasque.
She wasn't in the balcony picture, well not in any I could find, Albert was standing next to Caroline I think
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:55 AM
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Well Charlotte looks as if she were pregnant again. And pity that Charlene didn't attend but wasn't Alexandra already at a Rose Ball?? I don't remember if it was last year or 2 years ago but I clearly remember the photos of her dancing with her brothers and wearing a pink Chanel dress with ruffles. She didn't pose for official pictures though.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:58 AM
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Well Charlotte looks as if she were pregnant again. And pity that Charlene didn't attend but wasn't Alexandra already at a Rose Ball?? I don't remember if it was last year or 2 years ago but I clearly remember the photos of her dancing with her brothers and wearing a pink Chanel dress with ruffles. She didn't pose for official pictures though.
Yes, you're right - I think she came along to see Lily Allen perform after the "boring" bit. Wasn't the dress short?
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Yes it was last year. You can find the pictures in last year's thread. Very nice pink dress. :-)
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:09 AM
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On another note I've seen some little videos on Instagram and Alexandra took off her coat and was dancing. Her dress was quite different, quite conventional and she looks lovely.
Can you post the link please. I did not see Alexandra wearing a coat. And I would like to see her carrying this dress
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