The current Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, received a jewelry haul fit for a modern royal woman when she married Prince Albert II in the summer of 2011. For a gala shortly after the wedding, she wore one of her new tiaras—but in a very different form.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were joined by his sisters and other family members for the 63rd annual Red Cross Gala in Monaco in August 2011. The gala, as always, was held at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo.
Princess Charlene wore a vibrant dress in a shimmering shade of fuchsia pink for the annual fundraising gala. The bodice of the strapless gown, and the back of its skirt, both feature geometric seaming details. The dress was made by one of Charlene’s favorite designers, Akris.
With the dark pink gown, Charlene wore one of her most glittering wedding presents: a convertible diamond and sapphire tiara/necklace made by Van Cleef & Arpels.
The jewel is often called the Ocean Tiara, because its design is inspired by the cresting waves of the sea. Monaco is a maritime principality, and Charlene was an Olympic swimmer, so a water-themed gift was especially appropriate. Prince Albert II commissioned the piece for his wife as one of her wedding presents.
The tiara has a matching pair of earrings, but Charlene decided not to wear them for this outing. In fact, she wore no earrings at all, keeping all of the attention strictly on the glittering necklace.
Charlene’s only other accessory for the evening was her show-stopping engagement ring, which sparkled on her left hand as she and Albert took a turn on the dance floor.