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Marie-Chantal and her four-year-old son Odysseas caught up with Hollywood beauty Sharon Stone and her son Laird at the opening of the Greek royal's latest US store
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Minnie was among the famous faces checking out the high-quality designs at the opening. She was accompanied by her seven-month-old son
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Minnie and Sharon at opening of Marie-Chantal's kiddies' boutique

30 APRIL 2009
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Marie-Chantal on the inspiration behind her children's line

As a mum-of-five Marie-Chantal of Greece is something of an expert when it comes to children's wear. The elegant royal launched a new clothing store for kiddies in Beverly Hills this week with a little help from some of her famous pals and their little ones.

The London-born wife of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece was joined at the opening of the shop – her third in the US - by Sharon Stone, the actress' young sons Quinn and Laird, and British star Minnie Driver, who'd taken along her youngster seven-month-old Henry.

Thirty-nine-year-old Minnie said: "I'm a huge fan of Marie-Chantal's store in Westbourne Grove - I bought lots of things there for Henry."

Marie-Chantal, 40, said she was particularly proud of her new boys line. "I put a lot of attention into (it)," she revealed. "It's very much my pride and joy because I have my four boys… It's made of very beautiful fabrics... very neat and tidy – just the way I like to dress my children."

The Greek royal, who launched Chantal LLC in 2001, juggles her lively young family – sons Constantine, ten, Achileas, eight, Odysseas, four, nine-month-old Aristide and 12-year-old daughter Maria-Olympia - with running her business.

Her eldest child, Maria-Olympia, also helps out with providing ideas she says. "My daughter helped me with this detail - the polka dots - because she's a very girly girl," Marie Chantal explained, pointing to the pattern on one of the blouses in the girls' collection.


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