30 December 2019

The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #3 (Charlotte's Wedding Necklace)

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Our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year makes a glittering stop in Monaco...

#3: Charlotte's Wedding Necklace

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Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, sparkled in a major Grimaldi family heirloom for the reception following her wedding to Dimitri Rassam in June.

Charlotte wore the necklace with a strapless white gown for a reception following the couple's June 1 civil wedding ceremony at the Palais Princier. The party was held at the Villa La Vigie, a Monegasque hotel.

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The diamond necklace, made by Cartier, was one of the wedding gifts given to Charlotte's grandmother, Princess Grace of Monaco, in 1956.

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Princess Grace wore the necklace for the first time at the opera gala held the night before her religious wedding to Prince Rainier III. On that occasion, she paired the necklace with another wedding gift, the Bains de Mer Tiara.

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Since Grace's death, the necklace has been worn by Charlotte's mother, Princess Caroline. Above, she wears the jewel for the opera gala on National Day in 2006.

Charlotte became the third generation of the family to wear the necklace, linking Princess Grace's bejeweled legacy to her grandchildren.