Not long before their 2011 wedding in Monaco, Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock made a glittering gala appearance in France. For amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala, held during the Cannes Film Festival ten years ago today, the couple looked every inch the descendants of classic Hollywood.
The princess-to-be was elegant in diamonds and a dove gray gown by Giorgio Armani for the gala. The off-the-shoulder silhouette of the gown was a preview of the style she would wear for her religious wedding ceremony a few weeks later in July 2011. Her wedding dress was also an Armani creation.
The couple posed with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at the gala. He, too, would play a significant role in their wedding festivities: he designed the pale blue outfit worn by Charlene for the civil wedding ceremony and the concert that followed.
For this gala, though, Charlene’s look was all about classic elegance. She chose a sleek pair of earrings encrusted with diamonds, including round brilliant drops.
Diamond bracelets sparkled on her right wrist, coordinating beautifully with both the gray gown and the small silver clutch bag she carried.
But, of course, most everyone was fixated on one of Charlene’s accessories in particular: her incredible diamond engagement ring. The ring, made by Repossi, features a large pear-shaped diamond set in gray-toned gold.
According to media reports from the gala, neither the prospective bride nor groom betrayed any nerves about their upcoming nuptials. In fact, they reportedly had a fantastic time, dancing and chatting with friends. Both also offered lots in the gala’s charity auction, raising a million euros for AIDS research with their offers of a chance to play tennis with the prince and a private swimming lesson from his Olympian fiancée.