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Monaco's new golden girl adds glamour to Leeds ball

September 5, 2011
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In their first appearance in Britain since their nuptials were beamed around the world, Prince Albert and his bride Charlene were guests of honour at a gala in Yorkshire. Arriving arm-in-arm, lightly tanned and looking very happy together, the royal newlyweds brought a touch of sophisticated Riviera glamour to the charity ball in Leeds.


The new princess, a former Olympic swimmer, sparkled in a metallic brocade effect sheath at the soiree in Harewood House, the magnificent 18th-century mansion that is home to the Queen's cousin, the Earl of Harewood. Finishing off the glittering look were exquisite yellow diamond drop earrings and a gold clutch. Her husband, who slimmed down for the ceremony in July, cut an impressive figure in a tuxedo.


The event marked the golden jubilee of the regional Variety Club children's charity. Some £250,000, was raised for projects aimed at disabled and disadvantaged young people. Since her engagement last year, Charlene has become a high-profile supporter of children's charities in Europe and her native South Africa.

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