Prince Albert's diamond girl Charlene sparkles at ball

Monday August 8, 2011

A new age of glamour officially opened in Monaco as Princess Charlene attended her first Red Cross ball since marrying Prince Albert.

The fundraising gala is the crown jewel in the Monte Carlo social calendar, and the principality's new first lady was on truly dazzling form.

Putting paid to the unkind rumours about their marriage, Charlene glowed with happiness on the arm of her new husband, flanked by her sisters-in-law Caroline and Stephanie.

She showed off the statuesque figure honed by her years as a champion swimmer in a fuchsia gown.

The vibrant colour was a departure from her usual pastel palette – and was the choice of someone confident and ready to make an impact in her new role.

Finishing off the fabulous look was the diamond and sapphire 'Ocean' necklace.

Studded with 1,200 precious stones, the stunning piece was a wedding gift from her prince.

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