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Excitement mounts for Monaco's glittering Red Cross Ball

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The world’s attention has been focused on London this week as the Olympic Games unfold. But all eyes will turn to Monaco on Friday night for the principality’s most glittering event in the social calendar – the Monte-Carlo Red Cross Ball, which will be hosted by Prince Albert and his stunning wife Charlene. And there is added excitement for royal watchers, who will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of Andrea Casiraghi, who will be stepping out with fiancé Tatiana Santo Domingo for the first time since their engagement.

They will also be looking out for signs of a bump, as the heiress is rumoured to be pregnant with the couple’s first child. True to the sovereign prince's love of rock music, German rock band Scorpions have been asked to perform. Albert enjoys dancing and is likely to throw some shapes with his wife – the couple were snapped rocking out to Iggy Pop at the Monaco Live Music event in 2010. Boy George has been chosen to perform as a DJ to conclude the evening.

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