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“Where is she?” Charlene of Monaco’s absence is the talk of the town

This Wednesday, December 15, the Princely Palace of Monaco organizes its traditional Christmas tree, to which the Monegasque children are invited. As the event approaches, the inhabitants of the Rock are worried about the presence of Princess Charlene.

In convalescence these last weeks because of a “deep general fatigue”, Princess Charlene of Monaco is absent from the Rock since November 19, 2021. If all Monegasques hope the return of the princess for the end of year celebrations, nothing is less sure. This Wednesday, December 15 will be held the traditional Christmas tree, organized by the Princely Palace. As every year, the little Monegasque children between 5 and 12 years old are invited for a distribution of gifts by the princely family in the Court of Honor of the Palace.

The event had been announced on November 14 on the official Instagram page of the Princely Palace, before being reminded to the Monegasques this Monday, December 13 with a new publication. It did not take long before the inhabitants of the Rock expressed their concern: whether or not Princess Charlene will be present. “With Charlene? It would be better for the children …” can be read in comments on Instagram this Monday. “Where is Charlene?” wondered an Internet user.

Will Princess Charlene be present at the Christmas tree?

At the time the invitations to the Christmas tree were launched on November 14, when Princess Charlene had not yet officially retired from public life, only the name of Prince Albert was associated with it. The question of the contribution of the mother of James and Gabriella to the event was already posed then. “Princess Charlene is not associated with the invitation?”, “We hope that Princess Charlene is doing well”, “I hope that the princess is better, she has two beautiful children who will surely be her greatest support,” were already worried then the Internet users. The Christmas tree of the Princely Palace takes place in two days, and still no news of the wife of Prince Albert. If we can still hope for a Christmas miracle, it is still unlikely that Charlene will be present this Wednesday.

Photo credits: Claudia Albuquerque / BestimageCharlene of Monaco has had to redouble her efforts to win the hearts of the Monegasque people. A former swimmer, her daily life changed completely after she met, then married, Prince Albert. For her, the transition was not easy. In addition to the language barrier, the sister-in-law of Stephanie and Caroline, who is still recovering far from the Rock, has been the subject of the worst rumors. At the beginning of her career in Monaco, she was forced to adapt to the habits and customs of the gotha and in particular to learn to take care of her appearance.

In a long portrait devoted to her by Tatler magazine in 2010, Albert of Monaco’s wife shared a funny anecdote on this subject: “My first Red Cross Ball was a baptism of fire. I was used to living in a bathing suit and had no idea of fashion. The day of the ball, I had played volleyball all day on the beach and didn’t think to get ready until late afternoon. I borrowed a green dress from a friend, did my own hair and painted my nails red,” she recalled.

© Frederic Nebinger / BestimageAlbert and Charlene of Monaco celebrate children’s Christmas at the royal palace in Monaco on December 18, 2013.

“I looked like a Christmas tree,” confessed the mother of twins Jacques and Gabriella. In the space of four years, the one who was not yet married to her prince traded in her tomboy look for high-fashion outfits. Her sculpted figure of a former swimmer has won over a designer, Giorgio Armani, who has chosen her as an ambassador for his brand. And to justify his choice: “Charlene has the ideal silhouette for evening dresses with a straight neckline that emphasizes the fine shape of the shoulders. It is a pleasure to dress her because she has an innate and natural elegance and knows how to wear Giorgio Armani Privé dresses with all the freshness and spontaneity of youth.”

This “honor” reserved for Charlene of Monaco

This collaboration with the Italian designer was perceived as a huge privilege for the one who was until now little interested in the fashion world: “By spending more time in Monaco, I developed an understanding of fashion (…) When Mr. Armani approached me to become his ambassador, it was a great honor. He dressed me for most of my official events,” said Charlene of Monaco, who learned a lot from him. “He was extremely kind and taught me a lot about the art of dressing with style. His cuts are impeccable. The experience of working with Armani has opened my mind to fashion.” From glamorous outfits to more punk looks, Princess Charlene has thus learned to adapt her style according to the occasion. But also her desires.

Photo credits: BEST IMAGE

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