28 January 2019

Sainte Devote Diamonds for Charlene

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Monaco celebrated its patron saint, Sainte Devote, this weekend, bringing us some bejeweled appearances from the princely family.




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Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, and Hereditary Prince Jacques headed to Port-Hercule on Saturday evening for one of the most interesting yearly traditions of the Mediterranean principality.


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Each year on the eve of the feast day of Sainte Devote, a symbolic fishing boat is brought to Port-Hercule and set on fire. The tradition recalls two separate incidents. After she was martyred in Corsica, legend has it that Sainte Devote's relics were saved from a funeral pyre and put on a boat headed for Africa. A storm nearly overtook the vessel, but a dove was said to have appeared to guide the boat to the shores of Monaco, where a chapel was built in Devote's honor. Hundreds of years later, an Italian sailor tried to steal the saint's relics from Monaco; he was caught and punished by Monaco's Grimaldi ruler, and his boat was set on fire on the beach.


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For the fire and fireworks display on Saturday, Charlene reached for a simple but sparkling accessory: large diamond stud earrings.


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On Sunday, the feast day of Sainte Devote, Charlene accompanied Albert to Monaco's cathedral for a special mass.


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She also wore her diamond stud earrings for the service. They provided a bit of classic sparkle to her subdued ensemble for the event.


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She also wore her Cartier Trinity ring on her left hand.


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Here's a look at Charlene's complete outfit for Sunday's mass.


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After the service, the princely couple returned to the palace, where they made an appearance on the balcony with Hereditary Prince Jacques, Monaco's future ruler.


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All three were clearly happy to greet the Monegasque crowds.


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The Sainte Devote celebrations weren't our only cute kid moments from Monaco recently. Jacques and his twin sister, Princess Gabriella, also recently went to the Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo with their father, their Aunt Stephanie, and their Ducruet/Gottlieb cousins.


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Everyone seems to have had a great time!