19 November 2016

National Day Jewels in Monaco

Monaco's National Day 2016 (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The Grimaldis gathered today in Monaco to celebrate the principality's National Day, and we've got all the details on the jewels worn at the daytime events. Stay tuned later on for all the glittering jewels from tonight's opera gala, too!




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Princess Charlene went for a classic look today, pairing pearl stud earrings with a single-stranded pearl necklace. The pin on her lapel is the ribbon bar of Monaco's highest order of chivalry, the Order of Saint-Charles. (Is it just me, or is the hat a little too twee for Charlene?)


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Charlene wore the ribbon of the Order of Saint-Charles for most of the daytime events, including mass at the cathedral and the annual balcony appearance.


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On the balcony, we also got a glimpse of her engagement ring as she and Prince Albert showed off Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.


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Perhaps the most exciting jewel moment of the day came when Princess Caroline stepped out wearing a suite of gold and diamond jewels that belonged to the late Princess Grace. (See another view here as well.)


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Here's a closer look at the clip earrings...


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...and the necklace...


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...and the bracelet.


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Caroline also pinned a gold and diamond bow brooch to the collar of her Chanel jacket.


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And she wore the ribbons of two orders: the Order of Saint-Charles and the Order of Cultural Merit.


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I thought Princess Stephanie looked gorgeous and elegant today. She never wears much jewelry, but she did wear a pair of sparkling circle stud earrings, plus an extra diamond stud in her left ear. She's also wearing the ribbon of the Order of Grimaldi. (Unfortunately, neither of Stephanie's jewel-loving daughters were present at this year's ceremonies.)


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Another family member who rarely wears jewels: Charlotte Casiraghi. She kept up her usual minimalist approach this year, wearing just a hint of a silver chain necklace. (Speaking of bad hats, though -- wow. Whew. So much.)


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We did get a peek at a bracelet on Charlotte on the palace balcony when she appeared with her son, Raphael.


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Caroline's younger daughter, Alexandra of Hanover, wore an age-appropriate pair of stud earrings.


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Princess Caroline's daughters-in-law were a bit more prolific in the jewelry department today. Tatiana Santo Domingo (here with her daughter, India Casiraghi) wore diamond and pearl earrings.


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And Beatrice Borromeo -- who is expecting her first child with Pierre Casiraghi -- wore a major pair of earrings. She's worn these before, most notably at the wedding of Prince Amedeo of Belgium in 2014. Here, she's also wearing two delicate gold necklaces.


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We also got a good look at some of Beatrice's rings.


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A few members of the extended family were also in attendance. Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, daughter of the late Princess Antoinette, wore sparkling earrings and a necklace with a cross pendant. She's also wearing the ribbon of the Order of Grimaldi.


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You can see Elisabeth-Anne's daughter, Melanie, standing behind Charlotte here. I wish we'd had a better look at her jewelry, which appears to be substantial.

See you later today for opera gala jewels!