Down in Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco echoes Grace at the Oscars

February 26, 2012

Princess Charlene got mixed reviews on the red carpet at tonight’s Oscars. She played her fashion trump card, Queen of Neutrals, in a cream and nude Akris gown. Do you think she deserves the Oscar for Best Costume Design? I think she takes it away for Best Supporting Actress. It’s hard enough for any woman to […]

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Black lace, a shiny horse, and a parade of princesses

January 8, 2012

Black lace is on tap for royal damsels. Twitter went wild when Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge sashayed up the red carpet today in a black lace Alice Temperley dress. As you’ll recall, Temperley was touted as a possible wedding gown designer for the Duchess. The red carpet was for the British premiere of the new […]

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Body language check — pregnancy watch on Duchess Catherine and Princess Charlene

November 6, 2011

Interesting pose, non? Then add in the Duchess’ refusal to taste the peanut paste she was packing to send to children in Africa…. It’s a tricky job, being a royal; upside is you get to wear a tiara and live in a palace, downside is you have to eat (with good grace) every odd food […]

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The Red Lace Review — Duchess Catherine and other princesses

September 24, 2011

Is Duchess Catherine rocking the red lace? I’m not loving it. Is it the matchy hat? The dark shoes? I’ll only whisper this, but she looks a bit c-h-e-a-p. Is red lace just hard to wear? I remembered this gown of Princess Diana’s: Diana also had a red lace cocktail number, lined in red: Grace […]

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Using the name of Princess Grace to hawk watches

September 16, 2011

I mean “timepieces”. See what Montblanc is selling as part of its Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco. Montblanc is offering necklaces, bracelets, and pens too; no specifics on how much goes to the Princess Grace Foundation. Interesting choice of photo of Her Serene Highness. Looks like she might just shut the curtains on the whole deal. […]

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Did you miss the German royal wedding?

August 27, 2011

The heir to the Kaiser of Germany, a Mr. Georg Prince of Prussia, got married today to Miss Sophie Princess of Isenburg. Never heard of them? Join the club. Which shows that you really can set aside your ruling families and things will smooth out in a few generations. Just leave them with some money […]

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Un, deux, trois at the Red Cross Ball

August 8, 2011

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Royal wedding perfection for Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

July 2, 2011

Princess Charlene is no longer in the bridal shadow of Princess Grace. Now a wedding icon in her own right, the embroidered Armani gown showcased her natural elegance. They married “at home” in the Main Courtyard of the Palais Princier. The guests were almost outnumbered by musicians and priests. Every detail of the wedding, from […]

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Monaco royal wedding theme eclairs for Prince Albert and Charlene

July 1, 2011

Paris-based luxury grocer Fauchon has cooked up a special mini-eclair in honor of the Monaco royal wedding. Iced with the design of the coat of arms of the princely Grimaldi family, the eclairs will be served at the reception after the civil wedding on Friday, July 1, for the residents of Monaco. The rest of […]

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A glance back at the bachelorhood of Prince Albert of Monaco

June 28, 2011

On the eve of his July wedding, let’s take a look back at the (rather long) bachelor phase of Prince Albert’s life. Peter Kurth, a respected biographer, interviewed Prince Albert for The Observer  in 2005, soon after Albert inherited the throne of Monaco. See the interview here. For more background on Prince Rainier and Princess […]

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