It’s the highlight of the Monaco social calendar but where were Princess Charlene and Prince Albert? Guests question their absence as Charlotte Casiraghi and Beatrice wow at the Rose Ball.
Monaco is renowned for its glitz and glamour, and its high society residents certainly did not disappoint at last night’s annual Rose Ball.
Charlotte Casiraghi, 30, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the late Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist, left the glamour along with her brother Pierre’s wife Beatrice.
However, her uncle Prince Albert and his wife Charlene were notably absent from proceedings, despite attending the Sainte Devote rugby tournament in Monte-Carlo earlier in the day.
Although Charlene has missed the ball to remain at home with her young children, twins Jaques and Gabriella, for the past two years, Albert has always been a regular fixture and only missed out due to a family bereavement several years ago.
Last night, however, he left it up to the younger members of the royal clan to represent the family at one of the most important social events of the year.
The couple would usually be the centre of attention in previous years, kicking off proceedings by leading the first dance.
Despite the absence of the royal couple, there was no shortage of glamour with Charlotte wowing in a plunging black dress with a nude panel covered in intricate floral patterns.
The show jumper, who grew up in the south of France and Paris gave her look a gothic edge with a slash of red lipstick, while her sister-in-law Beatrice also wowed in a dark navy dress with glittering embellishment.
The new mother, who gave birth to a son on 28 February, was showing no hint of sleepless nights as she joined her husband for their first public appearance since the baby’s arrival.
The couple have been enjoying their first weeks as parents privately and have yet to release a photo of the baby or share his name. Caroline’s sons, Andrea Casiraghi and Pierre Casiraghi, also looked dapper for the occasion and sported traditional tuxedos.
Family friend Karl Lagerfeld designed this year’s ball which was themed around the Viennese Secession, an art movement formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists.
The Chanel designer, 83, was seen hitting the dancefloor alongside the other guests, although he didn’t remove his trademark black sunglasses all night.
Actress Juliette Maillot, who is a lifelong friend of Charlotte Casiraghi, also brought a touch of class to the proceedings.
The star, like her friend, opted for the gothic look in a long black dress with daring sheer panels, while model Victoria Silvstedt was eye catching in a long red lace gown with
Prince Serge of Yugoslavia and his wife Eleonora, Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz as well as Princess Caroline of Hanover, who arrived on the arm of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.
The Rose Ball was first thrown in 1954 by Princess Grace of Monaco, the American actress who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
The event is currently presided over by the Sovereign Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline of Hanover and the funds raised go towards the Princess Grace Foundation, which assists young artists by providing scholarships.
It’s named the Rose Ball as a nod to the late star’s favourite flowers.
Prince Albert and his sisters Stephanie and Caroline are said to personally oversee the guest list of around 1,000 high society figures who pay 800 euro per ticket.
Originally published at Daily Mail