‘Albert et Charlène: Mariage Princier’ The Book

As I mentioned to you months ago there will be a new book released regarding the princely wedding in Monaco.  Well, the book entitled, Albert et Charlène: Marriage Princier, is finally here.

This new black and white photo book has lots of behind the scenes images of the couple along with their families as well as images from the Jean Michel Jarre concert.

If you are interested in purchasing Albert et Charlène: Marriage Princier you may do so beginning next week on October 20, 2011 in France, Monaco, and Amazon.fr.


T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Monaco Humanitary Group Presentation

On October 11, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco were at the Auditorium Rainier III to attend the Monaco Humanitary Group Presentation in Monte-Carlo.

To view photos please click here.

H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco: An Article About the Princess and her Family in La Turbie

In today’s online magazine, Paris Match, there is a nice article regarding H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco and her family.  Here is a rough translation for those who do not speak French:

We were waiting at a ceremonial dinner, or perhaps a cocktail of charity, dress and hair of a princess, surrounded by billionaires or members of the elite. She came in pants, hair down at a village festival with Mass ritual speech of the mayor, cocktail, and girls who waddle reciting the compliment learned by heart. For his first official engagement, Princess Charlene chose La Turbie, a village of 3200 people just above Monaco.  She came to celebrate the feast of St. Michael. Rainier and Albert have visited La Turbie often in the past, but as the prince was attending to other official duties that day, his wife offered to represent him. In La Turbie, the princess’s parents live there, and the village is not far from Roc Agel, the country home of Grimaldi’s.

A La Turbie, her attendance was supposed to remain secret. But, given the parade of people in their Sunday best, which walkers towards the church on Thursday morning, the whole village knew. While others believed otherwise. “Is Sarkozy coming? ” asked a bystander, impressed by the pomp – flags, and clusters of notable costumes – made for the occasion. The church is packed. Father Caesar Penzo, chaplain of the royal family, has also made the trip.  The town welcomes Princess Charlene in the square then she dips her hand in the holy water and makes the sign of the cross. The princess, converted to Catholicism before his marriage, smiles. She sits in the front row next to her parents, Michael and Lynette. They have unobstructed views of the the ceremony.

After the Mass, there is a reception in the hall. But first, Princess Charlene asked to make a detour on foot through the narrow streets and to the local school. Children, less intimidated than adults, are waiting in yelling: “Charlene! Charlene! ” Smiling and happy she kisses each little face that passes in front of her and even starts the conversation in French: “What’s your name?” “Who’s your friend?” In the yard, she found the little Stella, one of the bridesmaids of marriage.

In the reception room decorated with balloons and flowers, there are crowds, and you have to push chairs to make room for latecomers. After the welcome by the Mayor, Princess Charlene gets up to make her first official speech.  “I’ll speak  French to you I am sorry if it is not so good,” she apologizes, before moving onto English: “I speak on behalf of my family, to say how we been well received here. I wish you all a happy Saint-Michel!”  Then a local singer goes on stage to begin “The hymn to love,” Charlene, very comfortable, listening to the city fathers tell him the story of La Turbie and its links Monaco.

In his honor, the congregation rises for the National Anthem – as Charlene knows by heart. But when it comes around “La Marseillaise” is his father, Michael Wittstock, who sings in English, with all the power that gives it its template rugby player. He has taught children at school in Rhodesia, says he to his fellow diners, before carving out a great success by linking with “Alouette, nice Alouette.” For over a year they moved into the village in a quiet villa, Charlene’s parents were adopted. Michael and Lynette know only few words of French and Turbiasques little more than English, but it does not matter: everyone speaks their language in great actions, and everyone seems to understand. “We like it here, it’s more casual than Monaco and the people are very welcoming,” Mike slips.

Two days earlier, the local coffee shop – “my second home,” he says with a laugh – the regulars saw it land, a barbecue under the arm. The freezer of Wittstock had suffered a power failure, and it would be a shame to ruin the “boerewors”, typical sausages they had brought back from South Africa, he said. If Charlene is a vegetarian, his father remains in effect committed carnivore. Mike has installed a barbecue on the terrace of the café, and after a discussion with gestures on the best way to cut tomatoes and onions, regaled the assistance of its grilled, served with a spicy sauce of the house that estourbi taste of the natives. More lively discussion ensued about the merits of rugby and the Springboks and the team of France, and now in full Wittstock-Mania La Turbie.

H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco: A New Interview

As you know by now Monaco’s newest princess, Charlene, recently attended the Akris S/S 2012 collection in Paris on Sunday night.  During her time in the city of lights the British newspaper, Telegraph, caught up with the former Olympian turned princess whilst at the Paris prêt-à-porter shows.  Here is what she had to say:

Professionial-attention-seekers are drawn to Paris Fashion Week like insecure moths to a paparazzi-flash flame; rap stars (Kanye West launched an atrocious fashion “collection” here on Saturday), film stars (Julianne Moore kept her sunglasses on at Lanvin), and those – like Lindsay Lohan at the West event – who defy all job description, all stew together on the pret-a-porter front row. Celebrities are ten-a-penny here.

The arrival of a bona fide princess, however, is a rare event. And that the surprise royal attendee at the Swiss label Akris’s Spring 2012 show was Princess Charlene of Monaco yesterday meant it was an unmanufactured buzz that zinged down the sweltering benches in the Palais de Chaillot.

For Charlene, Princess of Monaco – who wore a pretty, light bronze Akris dress as she quietly took her place two seats down from Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue, then endured those camera flashes – is both Europe’s most recently minted princess and its most enigmatic.

Before her wedding to Prince Albert II in July, there were reports that she had been suffering nerves. Since her marriage, she has been glimpsed in public only rarely.

Yesterday the princess was here because of her close relationship with the label: she wore an Akris gown to the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, and often consults Albert Kriemler, its owner and designer. As the models emerged to a catwalk split by racing track road markings and the tannoyed roar of Formula One engines revving and roaring, it became clear that this collection was an homage to Monaco’s most famous sporting event: its Grand Prix.

The princess smiled at models in sporty parkas and print dresses that showed a glamorous woman watching the race from Monaco’s Hotel de l’Hermitage, or were striped with an elongated photograph of a speeding vintage race car. The princess’s applause, and that of the rest of the audience too, was very well deserved.

Princess Charlene said that she had been wearing Akris since well before she and Albert were guests at the royal wedding in April. She laughed off rumours that she would like to design clothes herself, and added: “No, but I do know what I like. And if I speak to Albert (Kriemler) about certain things he adapts them for me.”

Her South African accent is as broad as her swimmer’s shoulders.

Are there things she could not wear, I and Telegraph Fashion Editor Lisa Armstrong wondered – for certain dresses in the Akris collection were extremely revealing: “There are certain protocols, and obviously I wouldn’t show too much – it [Monaco] is a Catholic country.”

Would she ever go high street shopping like the Duchess of Cambridge, only recently spotted browsing through Topshop? “I wouldn’t want to compare myself to her.”

Far from being dismissive, this was said with great caution – the new princess has become quickly wise to the press. She went on to praise Akris and this Monaco-themed collection, so we asked whether being its princess is something she anticipates will be a full-time job.

“Of course,” she replied. “I think that would be expected of me in the near future. But I have just taken a bit of a break. I think, like [anyone], I need time to adjust. I just got married.” And for the first time she laughed.

She conceded that learning French is a struggle, but that she’s working at it. “Step by step: it’s coming along but it takes time.”

And then, just as our time was coming to its end, Princess Charlene’s shoulders relaxed, and she seemed to ask us to excuse her nerves. “Honestly I don’t want to be too cut-off. But obviously the press haven’t been really good for us in the past. And that started before the wedding and the sources had come from British [newspapers]. And I was like ‘Why?’ So I’m speaking to the enemy now.”

Princess Charlene, we assured her, you most certainly are not: The Daily Telegraph does not stitch up royalty.

“I’m just learning,” she said, looking around her for the first time at the hoverers around us. We’re surprised, we responded, that she doesn’t have a much larger security detachment. A steely glint entered her eye: “I don’t like that. I’m quite independent.”

Yet how could you ever live a fairly normal life now you are a Grimaldi princess? “I will,” she said with slow and deliberate emphasis, then paused and added: “Do it my way. I think for anyone living in a new country and adapting to a new lifestyle, it’s a different role. I was an Olympic swimmer, I lived in a swimsuit, I lived on tour.”

And she still swims a lot. She loves to watch the Grand Prix too – she added that she loves all sport and can’t wait for London 2012 – and got a thrill in the pit of her stomach the first time she heard those engines revving outside her palace window.

She has been spending a lot of time in the family house, Roc Agel, on the French side of the Monaco border, she said. It was from here that Princess Grace, Charlene’s late grandmother-in-law, was driving when she perished in a road accident 29 years ago. But Princess Charlene’s introduction into the Grimaldi family long postdates that tragedy, and mentioning Roc Agel seemed to lift her spirits a notch higher. By now, in fact, she was indisputably chipper. And it was time to go.

As we got to our feet, she said one more thing. “I think, in general, that it’s all good.” source

H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco in Paris, France

The S/S 2012 prêt-à-porter shows continued today in Paris, France and this afternoon the Swiss design house, Akris, presented their collection at the Palais de Chaillot.  Guests at the show included H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco (wearing a dress by Akris), Hamish Bowles, and Anna Wintour to name a few.

To view photos please click here.  

To view photos from the S/S 2012 collection by Akris please click here.  Or, if you would like to watch a video please click here.

An article about the show.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends an Art Exhibit

On Sunday September 25, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the l’ Art-Bre exhibition in Roquebrune-Cap Martin. The prince along with the mayor of the town, Patrick Cesari, toured the outdoor exhibit along with hundreds of guests. To view photos from the event please click the links below:

Meanwhile, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco recently hosted a luncheon aboard the yacht, The World, anchored in the harbor in Monaco to remember as well as to celebrate the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics.

Source and photos courtesy of: Nice-Matin and Palais Princier de Monaco.

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the ‘Pique-nique Monegasque’

On September 10, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, a bald Andrea Casiraghi, and members of the De Massey family attended the 2011 Pique-nique Monegasque in Monaco.

I have no idea what the purpose of this event is all about nor I am sure the princely couple brought macaroni salad or not to the pique-nique (picnic); nevertheless, everyone in attendance seemed to have a jolly old good time.  To view photos please click here.   

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/V.Hache/AFP/Getty Images

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the ‘Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco’

On September 8, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the Mont Blanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco gala at the Salle Garnier Monte-Carlo. Prior to viewing the collection the princely family along with 350 guests:

…enjoyed a one night only event production, ‘Grace for Grace’, at the Salle Garnier by Robert Wilson, one of the 21st century’s great theatre visionaries.

‘Grace for Grace’ is a tribute in three acts – a fascinating musical and visual journey through Princess Grace’s life from Philadelphia girl, to Hollywood star and finally to Princess. The performance featured singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, opera stars Bryn Terfel, Diana Damrau, Shenyang, prima ballerina Gillian Murphy and singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright.  The intricate costumes were specially designed by Viktor&Rolf.

The Mont Blanc gala event attracted many international celebrities including Naomi Watts, Elsa Pataky, Eva Herzigova, Viktor&Rolf, Natalie Imbruglia as well as VIPs from Monaco.

To view photos please click the links below:

Photos and video sent to TRC from J.M. at Mont Blanc International (Thank you!) by Pascal Le Segretain/Gettyimages for Mont Blanc. PLEASE DO NOT COPY!   🙂

‘Albert et Charlène: Mariage Princier à Monaco’ A New Book About the Princely Couple

For those who simply just cannot get enough of Monaco’s new princely couple, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, well there is good news.  A new book is about to be released entitled, Albert et Charlène: Un Marriage Princier. 

Within the book there will be loads of photos along with commentary; moreover, H.S.H. Prince Albert II decided to write a preface for the book in which he states:

The union of the people and the princes of Monaco has always been the guarantor of the continuity of the Principality.  The response by the Monégasques people to the princess has been extraordinary [hmm].  Now, a new page in the history of our country has begun a new chapter in Monaco etc, etc, etc. (source)

The release date for Albert et Charlène: Un Marriage Princier is October 6, 2011.  Where can you find this book in the U.S.?  No idea.  Though you could fly to the south of France then shuffle your way to Monaco, find a bookstore, and I guarantee it will be there.   🙂

Photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco

Monte-Carlo Fashion Week is Coming Up! Yes, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco Will Attend

The 2nd Annual Monte-Carlo Fashion Forum is just right around the corner and this year local as well as international designers will show their creations for three fun-filled days beginning on November 7-9, 2011.

During MCFF there will be a gala dinner at the La Salle Empire Hôtel de Paris, with T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II in attendance, and a charity auction for H.S.H. Prince Albert II’s foundation, A.S.Star Team for Children, which aids underprivileged youth around the world.

Source:  Press release sent to TRC from MCFF and CisionWire.

Photo courtesy of: Wikipedia, Monaco

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the International Year of Forests Gala Charity Ball in Geneva, Switzerland

On September 3, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the International Year of Forests in honor of the 50th anniversary of the WWF Conservation in Geneva, Switzerland.  Over 300 people attended the event including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, WWF president Andrew Hoffman, and the mayor of Geneva Pierre Maudet to name a few.

During the gala event there was a “… charity auction conducted by Simon de Pury, Chief Auctioneer from Phillips de Pury & Co.”   One of the prizes from the auction included a private guided tour of the Palais Princier de Monaco.  The money raised during Saturday night’s event  went directly to various conservation protection causes around the world.

According to various sources, H.S.H. Princess Charlene had a great time at the charity event. Apparently she was seen happily mingling as well as conversing with guests — in French — during the evening.  Furthermore, those who attended the charity event noticed that H.S.H. Prince Albert II looked incredibly happy with his lovely wife (and vice versa) whereupon he kissed, smiled at as well as snuggled with the princess throughout the evening.  After a two-minute PDA break, H.S.H. Prince Albert II was called on stage whereupon he gave a speech about conservation and the environment:

I have devoted much of my energy and my time to the preservation of our planet’s biodiversity and climate… I do it in all international fora where I have to express myself and to defend causes that I believe. Monaco is also the resolute action of my government. And I also do through my personal foundation I created in 2006, and is now engaged in more than one hundred projects throughout the world.


To read more about the International Year of Forests gala event please click here and here.  Plus, one more photo.

Sources: Nice-MatinWWF, and private sources.

Photo courtesy of: Le Matin

T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend theYorkshire Variety Club Golden Ball

On September 4, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Yorkshire Variety Club Golden Ball in Leeds, United Kingdom to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary.

Over forty years ago, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco were guests of honor at “…the ball held by the Yorkshire committee of the Variety Club Children’s Charity.  Now, Prince Albert and his wife are attending the committee’s 50th birthday bash, along with a host of other stars.” (source)  So what does the Yorkshire Variety Club do?  Well, they raise money for the sick and disadvantaged youth throughout England.  In the end, this year’s mega ball raised an estimated $406,000 for various youth charities. (source)

To view photos as well as to learn more about the Yorkshire Variety Club please click the links below:

Photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco

‘Les premiers pas d’une Princesse Charlène’: An Article

In today’s edition of the newspaper, Monaco-Matin,  there is an article about H.S.H. Princess Charlène and her charity work with the Special Olympics as well as The Giving Trust Organization in South Africa.  The article also mentions that the princess is currently developing her own foundation which will be announced in the coming months.  Click here to read the article.

Finally, there is a nice photo series from the French newspaper, Nice-Matin, of Princess Charlène.  Click here to view the photos.  

Photo courtesy of: Nice-Matin by G. Rungl