29 January 2018

Sainte Devote Jewels 2018

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The princely family of Monaco celebrated the annual festival of their patron saint, Sainte Devote, this weekend. Here's a look at the modest jewels worn during the commemorations.




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The festivities began on Friday evening, with the traditional Sainte Devote procession. The story goes that in 1070, a man tried to steal the saint's relics from their resting place in Monaco; he was caught, and his boat was burned on the beach. To commemorate this, a fishing boat is symbolically burned every year outside the saint's chapel in Monaco.


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Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, and Princess Gabriella took part in the lighting of the fire this year.


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How cute are the littlest Grimaldis? The twins recently celebrated their third birthdays.


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Princess Charlene kept her jewelry very minimal -- but quite sparkly -- for the evening procession, wearing a pair of diamond stud earrings.


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Members of the extended Grimaldi family also attended the procession, including Prince Albert's cousin, Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, and her daughter, Melanie. (Melanie appears to have worn an interesting necklace for the occasion.)


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On Saturday, Albert and Charlene attended the annual mass at Monaco's cathedral in honor of Sainte Devote.


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Afterward, the couple made an appearance on the balcony at the Prince's Palace.


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Charlene wore a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings, plus a necklace (most of which was hidden under her jacket).


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Here's a look at Charlene's entire ensemble for the Sainte Devote mass.