The Monaco Red Cross Ball Gala celebrated its 70th anniversary yesterday, with Prince Albert II hailing the glamorous event as a ‘highlight of summer’.
He was joined by Princess Charlene of Monaco at the annual event, where they and fellow guests enjoyed a performance by Seal at the annual Bal de la Croix Rouge.
The social and charity event was launched in 1948, when Prince Rainier III of Monaco presided at the first gala held by the newly founded Monaco Red Cross.
Its main aim was to raise funds to finance actions in keeping with the spirit of humanist Henry Dunant.
A decade later, Princess Grace of Monaco became chairwoman of the event, with Prince Albert II telling People:
‘Pretty soon after their wedding, in ’58, Mom took it on and then it became something else.’
Her strong connections with major stars soon had the likes of legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Bassey and Ella Fitzgerald attending the glitzy gala.
‘It is special. The Red Cross Gala is unique. There’s great history there. It’s the highlight of the summer in terms of social and charity events,’ said Prince Albert.
Originally published at Daily Mail