5 OCTOBER 2007

Prince Albert's niece Charlotte Casiraghi helped bring a dash of Monaco's legendary glamour to London this week as the Monegasque ruler cut the ribbon on the principality's new Consulate General.

While the 49-year-old prince jetted in from his Mediterranean homeland to preside over the Upper Grosvenor Street ceremony, Princess Caroline's pretty daughter - elegant on the night in a head-to-toe black ensemble - had a much shorter journey. She's currently based in the British capital while undertaking work experience with a daily newspaper.

As well as gaining new skills to add to her CV, the elegant 21-year-old is no doubt making the most of being nearer to her British boyfriend Alex Dellal, who runs a trendy art gallery in Hoxton Square. The son of a millionaire property developer, the handsome 23-year-old has been romancing Charlotte since spring, and helped her celebrate her August 3 birthday this year during a romantic break in Ibiza

Her uncle, meanwhile, seems to be learning his own lessons from London life. Impressed by the congestion charge concept, in which drivers are charged a fee for entering the city centre, he is apparently contemplating introducing something similar to Monaco.

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The pretty 21-year-old - who's currently completing a work experience stint in London with a newspaper - brought her inimitable brand of youthful glamour to the inauguration Photo: © Getty Images
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Her uncle, Prince Albert, cuts the ribbon to declare the building officially openPhoto: © Getty Images
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The prince and his niece, who is currently dating the son of a British business tycoon, catch up at the champagne receptionPhoto: © Getty Images