The Grimaldis were out and about this weekend in their finest patriotic jewels to celebration Monaco’s National Day, with rubies and diamonds featured heavily in ensembles worn by the family’s princesses.
Several events were held at the end of last week ahead of Sunday’s National Day celebrations. One of the most interesting jewelry-wise was a dinner at the principality’s yacht club on Sunday. Both Princess Charlene and Princess Caroline joined Prince Albert II for the event. Both ladies opted for a black-and-white theme, including their jewels. Princess Caroline’s pearls were particularly eye-catching—especially the diamond and black pearl brooch pinned to her dress. She wore the same brooch last year on National Day.
On Sunday, the celebrations began with the traditional mass held at Monaco’s cathedral. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were joined by his sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie.
Then, the entire princely family, including several extended branches of the clan, gathered in the courtyard of the Palais Princier for a military review.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s children, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, joined the family for this part of the day’s celebrations.
There was also an impressive gathering of extended family members, too. Princess Caroline’s children and grandchildren were in attendance, and Princess Stephanie’s son and daughters were there as well, as were some of their in-laws. You’ll also spot members of the late Princess Antoinette’s family here, plus some of Princess Charlene’s family.
The princely family then headed inside for their traditional balcony appearance. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were again joined by their children.
Charlene was resplendent in Monegasque red on Sunday, complete with ruby and diamond jewelry to go with the red-and-white patriotic theme.
Her diamond and ruby earrings come from one of her go-to jewelry brands, Graff. These have been identified as the company’s Abstract Attraction Ruby and Diamond Earrings.
I’ll spotlight a few other interesting jewelry pieces from other members of the family here as well. Princess Caroline wore earrings with red gemstones, a modern gold bracelet with interesting beaded accents, and a pair of brooches. One is a diamond-studded coronet, while the other features a pair of interlocking Cs—Caroline’s royal monogram—rendered in gold. Worn together, they’re a clear representation of the princess’s royal cypher.
Caroline’s younger daughter, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, wore a pair of lovely diamond star earrings for the occasion, plus a bracelet that spells out the letters of her name in gold. (Beside her, her sister, Charlotte, wears small gold heart earrings.)
And Caroline’s daughter-in-law, Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi, brought along some interesting jewelry as always, too. With her deep red velvet outfit from Dior—she’s a brand ambassador—she wore a pair of diamond floral earrings.
I’m pretty sure that the earrings come from Dior as well.
And here’s a glimpse of Princess Stephanie wearing her trademark diamond stud earrings on the palace balcony.
On Sunday evening, several members of the family headed to the Grimaldi Forum to attend the National Day Gala. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were joined by Princess Caroline, Princess Alexandra, and Sean and Chantell Wittstock for the event.
Princess Charlene went for red once again, wearing a shimmering beaded evening gown.
Her major accessory was a pair of earrings with small gemstone drops. I think these are also diamonds and rubies. (Update: The Royal Couturier tells us that they are indeed new diamond and ruby earrings from Cartier.)
Princess Caroline wore an eye-catching dress with a beaded bodice and a royal blue skirt. She added major statement earrings with gemstone drops, and she secured her order sash with her large aquamarine brooch. (She wore the brooch for last year’s gala as well.)
And Princess Alexandra thriftily recycled her diamond star earrings (and her gold name bracelet) from the morning’s celebrations for the evening’s gala, too. Why let a good pair of star earrings go to waste?
Stay tuned: our next article will be published during the day on Tuesday, chronicling the jewels worn for the first events of the South Korean state visit to Britain.