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Monegasque royals on form for Rose Ball

March 26, 2006
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The new generation of Monegasque royals stepped into the spotlight on Saturday when their glamorous homeland celebrated one of the most important dates in its social calendar.

Prince Albert and his elder sister Princess Caroline were both in attendance as the annual Rose Ball got underway in Monte Carlo Sporting Club, but younger siblings Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre managed to steal the show when they arrived for the glitzy bash with a group of friends.

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte was undoubtedly the belle of the ball, with a cropped tunic-style jacket over her strapless white gown. Her two brothers were meanwhile dressed to impress in sharply cut tuxedos, while their proud mum was a picture of understated elegance in a simple black dress.

Iconic British singer Shirley Bassey, one of the principality's most high-profile residents, was likewise in attendance for the prestigious event. And once inside the venue, which was decorated with over 25,000 red roses, she and the other guests were treated to a lavish banquet and top-flight entertainment.

Each year the Grimaldi family turn out in force for the fundraising event, which was originally set up by Prince Rainier's film star wife in 1954. Showbiz stars and aristocrats from all over the world gather in Monaco for the bash, with the money raised going to help needy youngsters through the work of the Princess Grace Foundation.

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Charlotte and Pierre make their entrance with a group of friends. Princess Caroline's teenage children spent the evening mingling with showbiz stars and aristocrats from all over the worldPhoto: © AFPy
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Their mum was a picture of understated chic in a simple black dressPhoto: © Rex

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