Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco returned to the Principality for the prestigious Red Cross Ball. Hosting the 64th annual gala dinner, the princely couple was the epitome of elegance as they waltzed the night away to world famous music.
The glamorous ball was a fantastic end to the week for the couple, who had spent several days by the Olympic pool in London. Princess Charlene, a former South African Olympic swimmer, relived her sporting days at the poolside as she cheered on competing athletes. In particular, she saw her South African friend, Chad de Clos, seize gold in the pool, defeating American swimmer, and star Olympian, Michael Phelps in the 200m men’s butterfly.
The prestigious annual charity event, attended by 850 guests, descended on the Principality for its 64th year, and welcomed world famous musical acts including The Scorpions and Boy George. The German rock band played an acoustic set for the guests to enjoy.
In a haze of sparkles, reflecting from the Princess’ gold sequined bodice, the princely couple awed the guests by taking to the dance floor in a waltz. The Prince donning a white tuxedo and the Princess’ Dior dress finished with a long flowing skirt, the hosts of the evening oozed style.
Ever since Grace Kelly’s death in 1982, Albert has been the president of the Red Cross in Monaco and has attended the gala every year. However, neither Princess Caroline or Princess Stephanie appeared at the gala, nor did the expected fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Once the room was plunged into darkness and the roof of the Salles des Etoiles of the Monte Carlo’s stunning Sporting club was opened, the evening was brought to a close with a fantastic fireworks display.