Charlene and Maxima stun in Stella McCartney

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands recently wore a white Stella McCartney one-shouldered gown for the diplomatic dinner at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam on 9 April. It was a familiar gown that we had seen before on another royal - Princess Charlene of Monaco.

First let’s take a look at things stunner on the Queen of the Netherlands:

Maxima paired the white gown with the “Paulowna Pearl diadem” and a very large diamond and pearl brooch. Surprisingly, this was the medium sized brooch; the Queen left the large brooch in the royal vaults. She was in a pair of matching diamond and pearl earrings.

The Royal House of the Netherlands explained the event saying, “The dinner takes place to maintain and strengthen international relations. This year the evening is all about art and culture. For that reason, representatives from the Dutch art and culture world are also needed. Earlier themes of the dinner were politics and governance, international law and international business.”

Others who attended the event were King Willem-Alexander, Princess Margriet, and Princess Beatrix. The King delivered a speech to those in attendance a the annual event in English.

Princess Charlene of Monaco also wore this gown at the 2018 Laureus Sport Awards that took place in February of that year:

Charlene attended alongside her husband, Prince Albert at the event hosted by Mercedez Benz at the  Salle des Etoiles, Monte-Carlo Sporting.

Typical Charlene, she added a pop of color to her look with her signature red lipstick. She was also wearing large diamond drop earrings and a diamond bracelet.

Prince Albert delivered a speech, while his wife was able to present Laureus World Sportsman of the Year to legendary tennis player, Roger Federer.

These were two stunning looks on the consorts of the Netherlands and Monaco. Don’t you agree?

How Much Is It Worth?!

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified. If you would like to contribute to finding the UFOs from 2018, visit our comprehensive breakdown HERE.

As is becoming our annual tradition, Heaven and I have sat down with our notes, spreadsheets and calculators to bring you a comprehensive look at the value of the new clothing of 14 different royal ladies from around the world. Last year we brought you the number for 11 different ladies, and we heard your requests for us to include a few others. We are so happy to be able to include Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the Duchess of Sussex this year, per your request, in addition to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

You will notice that Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan is not on this year's list as she was last year. After discussions with the Royal Hashemite Court and the Office of Her Majesty, we have taken Her Majesty out of our tally and off of our website as to not cause any “damage” to her from our calculations of the yearly worth of her clothing. As a result of our discussions with members of the Court, we determine it was best for Her Majesty and UFONoMore.com to remove her from our tally and website.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). Out of 1,663 new pieces debuted this year by these ladies - only 34 of these pieces did we estimate a price. We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Totals in Euros (Descending by 2018 Total)

Now onto the data! In total, these 14 royal ladies debuted clothing retailing over 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) during 2018 on clothings and accessories. This 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) takes into account the 1,095 pieces which were identified with costs or had costs estimated. Excluded from this tally was 568 pieces where the pieces remain UFO or are custom pieces.

Average Price-Per-Piece in Euros

We acknowledge that some of these tallies could be higher because a royal has more pieces identified than others - which is why we include the average price-per-piece graphic for you below. These numbers are calculated by dividing the cost of pieces we have prices for by the number of pieces we have prices for (Example: Even though Princess Charlene of Monaco had 51 new pieces, we divided her total amount by 24 because that was how many pieces we had prices for). This gives us a better idea of her spending habits and trends.

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The Duchess of Sussex has taken over the top spot in her first year as a royal. We have calculated her new clothing worth to be a whooping 479,048 € ( $509,278 USD) this year. That number is likely higher because only 256 pieces out of her 324 new pieces have prices and thus are included in this amount. One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts from Prince Charles, which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials, however because the Palace has not confirmed either way we leave them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD) which still has her in the top spot. Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design. (Visit Meghan’s Mirror’s post for a further analysis)

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With the second highest amount, Crown Princess Mary comes next in the line up. With her 2018 wardrobe additions costing 102,914€ ($144,349 USD) for 105 pieces and debuting 170 pieces, she certainly has been stepping up her “fashion game” in the past few years. Mixing local and couture designers her average price-per-piece was 980€ ($1,089 USD), putting her in the middle of the ranking for our cost-for-pieces tally. (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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Next up is Sophie, Countess of Wessex who’s debuted 85 new pieces this year - totaling 86,675€ ($91,939 USD) for 60 of those pieces. She ranked 3rd highest on the average cost-per-piece with an average of 1,444€ ($1,532 USD) for 2018. Following her was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who debuted 117 new pieces this year. Of those 117 pieces, only 81 of them factored into her 80,237€ ($85,097 USD) total. While her numbers are lower than last year, it should be remembered that she also had a maternity leave during this year which left her out of the public eye for a few months.

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Princess Charlene always manages to find herself in the middle of the “rankings”; however, for 2 years in a row she remains in the top spot for average price-per-piece. Her total amount was 61,390€ ($65,178 USD) for 24 out of 51 total new pieces. While this total puts her in the middle, her price-per-piece average came in at 2,557€ ($2,715 USD) which was about 705€ ($733 USD) higher than the Duchess of Sussex who took the number 2 spot in the price-per-piece tally.

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Next up, was Queen Maxima of the Netherlands - whose new clothing retail value is probably double what we have calculated as we only have prices for 48 of her 108 new pieces for 2018; this resulted in a tally of 56,805€ ($60,383 USD). Most of her new pieces were custom pieces, many from Natan which result in 60 pieces where prices were unknown or remained unidentified- therefore excluded.

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Another new addition to our tally this year was Princess Beatrice who totaled in at 56,363€ ($59,817 USD) for 62 out of 88 new pieces. With her sister’s wedding being a major event in their family this year, Princess Beatrice made sure that she dressed the part all year long introducing Gucci designs into her wardrobe and continuing her love for loafer shoes.

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Princess Marie comes next in the tally spending 49,408 € ($58,042.70 USD) on 59 out of 96 new pieces. Her year saw her wearing Elie Saab for the first time, much to Heaven’s great pleasure! Her biggest splurge of the year was a new selection of jewels from her favorite designer Christine Hvelplund, which raised her average price-per-piece to 843€ ($967 USD). (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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The first Swede on the list is Crown Princess Victoria who debuted 133 new pieces this year. Continuing her pattern of championing Scandinavian designers, her total comes in to 44,095 € ($47,127 USD) for 98 of those pieces. Her choice to majorly favor Scandinavian designers resulted in her average price-per-piece being one of the lowest at 449€ ($480 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

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Next up is Queen Letizia, who continued her love of high street brands which allowed her to debut 196 new pieces but remain a low figure on the tally. While 107 of those pieces factored into her total of 42,448€ ($45,054 USD) - it is safe to say that she knows how to get the most “bang-for-her-buck”.

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Next is Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, who was also away from the public eye for most of the year on medical leave. Spending 41,027€ ($43,594 USD) on 52 of her 76 new pieces, 2018 saw her splurging more a couple specialty pieces. Her price-per-piece average came to 789€ ($838 USD). *We have talked to the royal court and determined that one of items had a wrong identification and it was thus taken out of the total number until the correct identification could be confirmed*

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Princess Eugenie had an exciting year - both in her personal life and in fashion. Marrying Jack Brooksbank this autumn wearing a custom gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, her wedding weekend accounted for many custom gowns and outfits which are sure to bring her actual numbers up. She finished the year with a total of 37,512 € ($39,818 USD) for 43 out of her 60 new pieces this year. (Note: Her wedding outfits are not included in these numbers because they were custom made and therefore we don’t have a price for them)

Finishing our tally are Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Princess Sofia’s total came to 30,844€ ($33,049 USD) for the year which accounts for 72 of her 118 new pieces debuted this year. Princess Madeleine spent most of the year out of public eye, giving birth to Princess Adrienne and relocating her family to Florida which accounted for her low numbers. Her total came to 26,398€ ($28,493 USD) for 24 out of her 39 new pieces. However, when she did debut a new piece - it was typically from a luxury brand, as seen in her average price-per-piece amount of 1,099€ ($1,187 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

In summary, the standings from 2018 are:

  1. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

  2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

  3. Sophie, Countess of Wessex

  4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

  5. Princess Charlene of Monaco

  6. Queen Maxima of Netherlands

  7. Princess Beatrice

  8. Princess Marie of Denmark

  9. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

  10. Queen Letizia of Spain

  11. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

  12. Princess Eugenie

  13. Princess Sofia of Sweden

  14. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Did any of these numbers surprise you? Leave a comment and let us know!

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

If you would like to use these numbers for your own article - please make sure to credit us and link back to our original post. If you have any questions or want more information about the data posted here, send us an email .

Never again: Royal outfits we hope to never see again on our favorite royals

We've selected royal outfits that we were not fond of. We want to emphasize that we love these ladies, just not these particular choices. While we may not like a certain outfit, some of you may love it - which is fine. Different opinions make the world go around. We have also included some of your opinions, as well! 

Brittani:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Sweden had some bad outfit choices for all the royal ladies. One of Kate's was just horrendous and never needs to see the light of day again. It was a mustard colored floral silk gown by Erdem. Burn it, please!

Queen Maxima's yellow "Big Bird" dress was horrible. It was the 2017 Spring Collection of Claes Iverson. She wore it during a dinner for an official visit by the King and Queen of Jordan to the Netherlands in 2018.

Another bad choice was the red Viktor & Rolf gown Princess Mabel wore to the Dutch pre-inauguration dinner ahead of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the Dutch throne in 2013.

Heaven:

Crown Princess Mary usually has beautiful gowns but this Jesper Hovring orange gown she wore to the New Year Gala in 2013 is definitely not one of my favorite.

I also never want to see this Natan outfit Queen Maxima wore in June 2015. The top is not bad but the culottes are awful in my opinion.

Last,  I really didn't like the Akris dress Princess Charlene wore in Russia in 2013. I think it was really inappropriate.

Laura:

First, I'd like to put at least a one year moratorium on any and all Erdems.  There are some Erdem pieces I like, but more often than not, they are overwrought or just plain not flattering. The one exception for me would be Crown Princess Mary, who seems to know which Erdem pieces work and which don't.

For specific outfits, I'd prefer to never see both Stylein outfits Victoria wore for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Sweden visit again. The dress from the first night was an odd length, and the sleeve and neckline were puzzling too. The shirt and skirt from the second night were equally bizarre.  I didn't care for the slit in the skirt, the sleeves of the top, or the material of the top.  Overall, the looks were just really bad.

Finally, I'm really not a fan of Queen Maxima's Etro jumpsuit that she wore in 2016 to the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.  Jumpsuits, in my opinion, mostly need to be in solid colors or a color block.  Patterns are very tricky.  Patterns in an ugly shade of tan with a tan belt? Disaster. 

Sarah:

I don't like this monstrosity Crown Princess Victoria wore to the dinner hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia for the 2014 Nobels and in official photos. The designer has never been identified. 

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She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

I also didn't like this Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini print dress Princess Sofia wore during the February 2017 state visit from Canada. 

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Photo: Kungahuset.se

Last, I wasn't a fan of this Jenny Packham light blue gown Kate wore to the James Bond Spectre premiere in 2015. She also was in Jimmy Choo “Vamp” Sandals, Packham Casa Box Clutch, and Robinson Pelham Blue Topaz Chandelier Earrings. It was a terrible gown!

Samantha: 

There are two outfits I really hope to never see a royal wear again. My first choice is this outfit of Queen Maxima's. It was an ill-fitting Natan ensemble that she wore to the premiere of the musical The Color Purple in the Netherlands in April 2018.

My next choice is this ensemble the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the The Wellbeing In Schools Awards for her patronage Place2Be in 2014. She wore a Jenny Packham Fall RTW 2013 satin skirt in peacock and the top is Invitation by Hobbs “Emilia” top.

 

You answered: What outfits do you hope to never see again?

Our reader Rachel chose the Alexander McQueen gold and white gown from the Malaysia tour saying, "Yellow is an ugly colour and nobody should wear yellow." Another choice was the same Erdem gown Brittani chose above from Sweden remarking, "Here’s another I strongly dislike. I love the floral but that’s it. Like I said, yellow, especially mustard yellow doesn’t work for me."

Rachel also was not a fan of this monstrosity of a gown of Haute Couture by Karl Lagerfeld that Princess Caroline of Monaco wore to the 2017 Rose Ball in benefit of the Princess Grace Foundation. 

A guest we've had numerous times on our podcast, Jessica, chose the glittery black gown by Marchesa that Princess Madeleine wore to the 2012 Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce from Farm to Fork Royal Gala award dinner in New York in March of that year saying, "This makes her look like a b lister at the country music awards."

She also chose the Duchess of Cambridge's light blue Erdem dress from Trooping the Color in 2012. Jessica said, "Kate pulled a Scarlett O'Hara and made a dress out of the curtains."

Reader Ann told us she did not like this light colored gown of Princess Laurentein of the Netherlands that she wore to the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik to Mary Donaldson in 2004 saying, "Pointy boobs look good on no one."

This look of Meghan's was also not a favorite. She wore the Altuzzara dress to the Commonwealth Youth Forum that she paired with a black Camilla and Marc blazer and Oroton bag. Ann said, "It was too much. Also, for the event it didn't seem like it fit."

JustACasualGirl on Twitter told us she did not like this burgundy Ida Sjöstedt gown from the 2014 Nobels before her wedding the next June. 

She was also not a fan of this deep purple satin gown by Alexander McQueen that Crown Princess Mary wore back in 2005 and again in 2016. The first time was for dinner in New York on February 1, 2005. 

She also chose this Ida Lanto light blue dress from the Te Deum for Prince Oscar in 2016. She said, "It really doesn’t suit her, in my opinion."

Royal Wedding of Will and Kate: the guest outfits

On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary, we are taking a look at the guest outfits of the ladies we cover. Read about what they wore during the pre-wedding gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28 and the wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. 

Greece:

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal attended with her husband, Crown Prince Pavlos; brother-in-law, Prince Nikolaos; future sister-in-law Tatiana Blatnik; mother-in-law, Queen Anne-Marie; father-in-law, King Constantine; and one of her sons, Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece (William's godson). For the pre-wedding dinner, Marie-Chantal was in a Louis Vuitton gown that featured a deep V in the back and a small bow

For the wedding, she was in a light blue Chanel dress and jacket with a pair of Louboutins for the wedding. She was also in a blue Philip Treacy hat

Luxembourg:

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the wedding with Grand Duke Henri. She wore a red Elie Saab gown for the pre-wedding dinner. 

For the wedding, she was in a sky blue Elie Saab dress and jacket

Monaco: 

Then Charlene Wittstock (she would marry Monaco's Prince Albert in July) wore a "dove-gray silk dupioni evening dress with laser-cut silk organza appliqué and a silk chiffon stole," explained the designer Akris (via Order of Splendor).

A gray Akris coat dress was worn for the wedding; she carried a matching Allegra ostrich clutch from the same designer.

Netherlands: 

Then-Princess Maxima wore a pinkish/nude lace Jan Taminiau dress for the wedding. She and Prince Willem-Alexander attended on behalf of the then-Queen Beatrix.  

Norway:

Unfortunately, the only piece from Queen Sonja's ensembles from the pre-wedding dinner and wedding that have been identified was her hat. It was a white Lock and Co. hat with a feather in the center. 

Spain:

Then-Princess Letizia attended the wedding with her husband, Prince Felipe and mother-in-law, Queen Sofia. Sofia's outfits have not been identified, but Letizia's luckily have! For the pre-wedding dinner the night before Letizia wore a strapless, purple (with flowers on the skirt) gown by Felipe Varela. The wedding saw her in a customized pink Pablo Y Mayaya hat that featured lace. Her dress was by Felipe Varela and featured 3/4 length sleeves and floral designs on the pink dress.

Sweden:

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel represented the Swedish Royal Family at the ceremony. Victoria wore a red short-sleeved Escada gown to the pre-wedding dinner, and for the wedding, she wore a muted orange long-sleeved dress by Escada and a matching hat by Britta von Koenigsegg. 

United Kingdom:

Autumn Philips wore a purple Sassi Holford coat dress for the wedding. Her hat has not yet been ID'd. 

The outfits of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been covered in a previous post. You can read it here

For Sophie, Countess of Wessex, she wore a red Bruce Oldefeld gown for the pre-wedding dinner. For the wedding, she was in a cream Jane Taylor hat, embroidered suit by Bruce Oldfield, and Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Zara Phillips would get married just a few months later, but for her cousin's nuptials, she wore a bespoke black Philip Treacy hat and a Paul Costelloe coat dress. 

Charlene Wittstock in Isabella Kristensen for WWF fundraiser

For a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Panda International Ball event on April 5, 2008, in Monaco, the then-Charlene Wittstock wore a strapless Isabella Kristensen white ballgown. 

The unique haute couture gown featured a panda on the skirt as a nod to the Panda Ball. By 2005, it was in Switzerland with the Duke of Edinburgh as the guest of honor where he presented the first edition of the Duke of Edinburgh Medal for nature conservation.

The dress was later put on display at the Charity Ball for World Wildlife Fund in Singapore which took place on November 21, 2008. There it was put up for auction at the St. Regis Hotel.

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Charlene and Prince Albert have attended the ball on many occasions; you can read more about the ball here.

Flashback to the royal outfits at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

While we have covered some of the outfits at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Daniel Westling in separate articles, we are compiling them all into this one piece. We are looking at the gowns worn at the concert the night before their wedding and the wedding ceremony itself.

For the outfits of Princess Charlene, Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, please click on their names for the full article on their outfits. Charlene was in Armani, Rania in Antonio Bardi and Mette-Marit in Old Yde for the wedding ceremony. 

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Queen Letizia, who attended with her husband Felipe and mother-in-law, wore a strapless red Felipe Varela gown with roses on the skirt portion, while for the wedding she looked gorgeous in another Felipe Varela creation. This time the then-Princess Letizia's gown was blush and short-sleeved. It also featured roses on the skirt. The future Queen of Spain was wearing the Spanish Floral Tiara.

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Her mother-in-law Queen Sofia wore a Valentino creation to the wedding (where she arrived with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands). The dress had been customized from its strapless original form to feature long sleeves. The dress features floral lace on the lower portion. The Queen wore the Mellerio Shell Tiara, as well. Her dress for the concert the evening before is still UFO. 

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, along with her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Essex representing Her Majesty The Queen at the festivities in two Amanda Wakeley custom gowns. For the concert, she wore a short-sleeved navy gown with jewels around the waist and on the shoulders. On the day of the wedding, her gown was a silver/gray color with a slit up to her left knee. While the gown was strapless, the Countess wore a thin matching shawl over her shoulders. She was in what has been called "Sophie's Wedding Tiara" as it was new for her nuptials to Prince Edward in 1999. 

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While a separate article (see above) has been written about the gown Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore to the wedding, we have not written about the Emilio Pucci gown she wore the concert gala. Mette-Marit wore a light pink, square-necked gown with short sleeves. The bottom have was ruffled, giving off a fringe effect. The middle featured jewels. 

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Mette-Marit's sister-in-law, Princess Martha Louise, who attended with now ex-husband Ari Behn, wore a TSH gown to the concert and a Nora Fara gown to the wedding. The TSH gown was violet, v-necked and sleeveless. Her bright purplish pink Nora Fara gown the next day, had one strap on the right shoulder. She paired it with the Amethyst Necklace Tiara.

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We only have the then-Princess Maxima's gown from the concert gala ID'd. The pink and white summery floral gown was by Valentino. It featured sheer short sleeves and, like Mette-Marit's, what I would describe as ruffles along the skirt. 

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Crown Princess Mary wore a nude, strapless Ralph Lauren gown (featuring lace around the bodice) to the concert gala. We saw her in a Jesper Hovring creation for the wedding. This teal gown gave the appearance of being strapless, but if you look closely, you can see an almost clear, sheer lace top with short sleeves. The Crown Princess was also wearing the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, which she has been seen in on numerous occasions. 

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For Tatiana Blatnik (who would become Princess Tatiana just a few short months later when she married Prince Nikolaos of Greece), she was able to get a taste of what was to come. She wore a strapless gown by Carolina Herrera which featured the colors baby pink and gray with golden designs along the bodice. 

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Last, but certainly not least, we are looking at the gowns Victoria's younger sister, Princess Madeleine wore. For the concert gala, she arrived on the arm of her brother Prince Carl Philip in a sky blue, strapless gown by Angel Sanchez. 

Her outfit for the wedding reminded me of Cinderella. It was a beautiful blue strapless gown by Linda Nurk. For the church service, she had a matching shawl draped over her shoulders, which she shed for the later events that day. It's one of my favorite looks of hers. She arrived with her mother, Queen Silvia and was wearing the Connaught Diamond Tiara.

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Crown Princess Victoria wed her personal trainer on June 19, 2010, exactly 34 years after her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia wed. The ceremony was in the Stockholm Cathedral and was dubbed as "Europe's biggest royal wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981." Huge celebrations took place all across the country and an estimated 1,100 were invited to the wedding. 

Several of the royals in attendance had their children in the wedding, as they are some of Crown Princess Victoria's many godchildren: Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Amalia of the Netherlands and Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

The, er, interesting outfit of Princess Charlene at the Versace fashion show 2017

First of all, I try not to make this an opinion blog about the outfits of the royal ladies. However, this outfit by Princess Charlene of Monaco is one of the worst and most tacky I've seen from a woman who usually has wonderful fashion sense. 

The Versace figure-hugging dress was in no way flattering or very royal looking. The odd cutouts on the stomach led dangerously low on her body, in my opinion. It was a smart way to show skin without showing too much skin - at least according to some. 

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The sequined silver dress (fitting with the metallic theme) was low cut and spaghetti strapped with an odd strap going diagonally across her chest. The skirt was asymmetrical and longer on the left. Charlene wore a black leather biker jacket by the designer draped over her shoulders. The jacket was from the men's collection. Her silver strap Versace heels even looked slightly painful.

The Princess had on smoky eye makeup and was without her trademark red lipstick. She also wore a pair of simple diamond stud earrings.

Charlene traveled from Monaco to Milan, Italy, for Milan Fashion Week for the event on September 22. She sat beside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. 

Versace's show was not the only one she attended in Milan. She was also in the audience at Armani's show where she sat alongside Cate Blanchett and designer Giorgio Armani's niece, Roberta in the front row.

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For this fashion show, she wore a more demure and likeable outfit by, naturally, Armani. Her olive green v-neck jumpsuit was under a beige trenchcoat. Her Serene Highness also carried an olive designer Ecurietote and wore a pair of snakeskin flat mules, assumed by Armani, in the same color. 

Princess Charlene at the Monaco Grand Prix 2017

On May 28, 2017, Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Monaco Grand Prix alongside her husband, Prince Albert. Albert's nephews, Pierre and Andrea Casiraghi (sons of Albert's older sister Princess Caroline) were in attendance alongside their wives, Beatrice and Tatiana, respectively. Tatiana and Andrea also brought along their two children. 

For the event, the Princess wore a red, sleeveless Akris asymmetrical dress and a pair of nude Stuart Weitzman strappy heels. The dress had a checkered pattern, as well. As has become traditional for Charlene, she also wore bright red lipstick. 

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The Prince and Princess arrived at the event in a racecar on the track before getting out and waving to the crowd. She and Albert were seen speaking to staff throughout the event, as well.

Princess Charlene presented the winner, Sebastian Vettel, with the trophy at the end of the race. Finnish Kimi Raikkonen came in second place and received a congratulatory hug before presenting the German Vettel with the trophy. 

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Their Serene Highnesses always attend the Monaco Grand Prix each year - which has been called the "most glamorous event in the Formula 1 calendar" by the Daily Mail.

Others at the event included Serena Williams, Bella Hadid, Winne Harlow, and Chris Hemsworth

Princess Charlene at the Prix Princesse Charlene de Monaco Charity Mile

On February 25, 2017, Princess Charlene attended the Prix Princesse Charlene de Monaco Charity Mile at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer in France. This was the first ever Charity Mile to be held in the country and was hosted by the Côte d’Azur Racing Society. 

Heaven found that Charlene wore a black Akris jacket and jumpsuit to the event. While there, she awarded the prizes to the winners. 

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© Photo : Kasia Wandycz / Palais Princier

The Prince's Palace of Monaco said on Facebook with the above photos, "This Saturday, HSH Princess Charlene launched the "Prix Princess Charlene of Monaco Charity Mile" at the racecourse in Cagnes-sur-Mer. This unique event saw each horse in the race representing one of 18 local charities. Miracle des Aigles, ridden by Ronan Thomas, won the first Charity Mile representing Action Innocence who received a cheque from Princess Charlene for €10,000. Handi-Mobile Education received €6000 and the Monegasque Red Cross €4000, with all the remaining charities taking home €2000. This wonderful initiative and first of its kind for French Racing was a great success."

Princess Charlene handpicked 18 local foundations and associations for the race. They were: Action Innocence, AMAPEI, Children and Future, Rêv’animal, Fondation Lenval pour enfants, Société de Saint Vincent de Paul Monaco La Croix-Rouge Cagnes sur mer, La Croix- Rouge Monégasque, Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Prince Albert II Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation Monaco, Fight AIDs, A CHEVAL TROT TOP,  Just World International, CDEAM-Handi Mobile Equitation, Coeur de Course, Association des Jockeys de Galop, and Au-Delà des Pistes. 

Before Saturday's event, Her Serene Highness told Monaco Life, "This Charity Mile presents a unique opportunity for French racing to be giving back to society both here in the Cote d’Azur and abroad, supporting animal welfare, children and people in need. My thanks go to all those who have supported this exciting initiative, and I praise the charities represented for their tireless efforts to make a lasting difference to the lives of others.”

Princess Charlene at 56th Monte Carlo Television Festival

On June 12, 2016, Princess Charlene attended the opening ceremony of the 56th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival alongside Prince Albert. She wore a white Roland Mouret Ives Stretch Crepe gown to the event. It had capped sleeves and a plunging neckline. 

She had her trademark red lipstick and a Cartier diamond necklace and earrings. 

Prince Albert is the Honorary President of the Festival. The Princess also spoke during the invitation-only ceremony. 

Prince Albert made sure to express his solidarity with the American people after the Orlando nightclub terror attack that had happened the same day. Albert, who is half-American, said, "I learned with dismay the heinous killing of Orlando. I bow before the victims, the pain of their families, suffering injuries. The hatred will be defeated. I asked Mr. President Obama to accept assurance of my sadness and my highest consideration.”

The event ran from June 12th till the 16th in Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum. It was created by Albert's father, Prince Rainer, in 1961. It honors and celebrates those on the small screen. Over 3,000 interviews took place during the event with 250 journalists there to cover it. 

Princess Charlene at 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

For the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, Princess Charlene wore a Haider Ackermann creation in white and pink. Heaven found the designer of this outfit. 

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert were at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on May 29, 2016. 

Princess Charlene wore large pearl drop earrings (that had a small diamond stud at the top) and white pointy-toed shoes to match the outfit on the rainy afternoon in Monaco. She kept her makeup very neutral, foregoing her usual red lipstick. 

Lewis Hamilton, from Great Britain, won the race that consisted of 78 laps. This was the second time Hamilton won with Prince Albert in attendance.  

Princess Charlene in their 2016 Christmas card

For this year's Christmas card, Princess Charlene chose to wear a gold, long-sleeved Ralph Lauren dress, which was discovered by Heaven. She wore gold Jimmy Choo shoes and simple earrings with the outfit. As she usually does, the Princess of Monaco finished off her look with red lipstick. If you want to dress like Charlene, you can find an affordable copycat for this dress here

The Prince's Palace of Monaco released their annual Christmas card on December 22 with six other photos. The photos were taken by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz. 

© Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz / Palais Princier

© Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz / Palais Princier

The images this year were in a more formal setting as opposed to last year, which had a more relaxed theme.

The video at the top of the article was released by the family on Christmas Eve - giving the public a behind-the-scenes look at the day the photographs were taken. 

You can read more about the images in this article, which was written by myself for Royal Central after the images were released.

If you sent Their Serene Highnesses a Christmas card this year, this is the photo that will greet you when you receive your reply! I received my card on December 26, and I must say it is a favorite of mine! 

Princess Charlene at 2016 Annual Picnic

On September 10, 2016, Princess Charlene, Prince Albert, Prince Jacques, and Princess Caroline attended the annual picnic at the Princess Anoinette Park called the Pique Nique Monegasque. Princess Charlene wore a Vilshenko dress for the occasion with pearl stud earrings and a silver cross necklace. The dress is described as a Jery Floral Print Dress by the Moscow based brand, one of the most coveted break out brands of the year. 

Charlene was given a beautiful bouquet of pink roses during the event, and Prince Jacques even offered a wave and smile to those assembled. He seemed to also enjoy the performances by the dancers at the picnic. He was clearly the center of attention and rightfully so! 

However, his older sister (by 2 minutes), Princess Gabriella, was absent from the events even though she had been expected. The little princess became frightened by the large crowd just before entering the picnic while in her mother's arms. Her aunt, Princess Caroline, attempted to help calm her but it was eventually decided that it was best for her not to attend. 

Little Jacques giving a wave to those in attendance.

In 2015, both Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques attended the picnic a few months before their 1st birthday on December 10. 

Princess Charlene's wedding

Charlene Wittstock, now The Princess of Monaco, married Prince Albert on July 1, 2011, in a civil ceremony in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace. On July 2, they wed in a religious ceremony in the courtyard of the Prince's Palace. It was conducted by the Archbishop of Monaco, Bernard Barsi. 

Princess Charlene wore a custom Armani wedding dress, but she forwent a tiara. Instead, she wore a diamond hair piece from Princess Charlotte - the grandmother of Prince Albert. The off-white silk dress was more of an off-the-shoulder gown with embellishments on the bottom. It was made of 80 meters of silk organza and 50 meters of silk Duchesse. It took 2,500 hours to make! It also had 20,000 mother of pearl tear drops and 40,000 Swarovski crystals. 

Charlene changed in to another Armani creation for the reception following the ceremony, held at the Opera Garnier. This one was white, sleeveless, and had a sheer top. It featured ruffles at the bottom. Charlene also wore a tiara for this portion of the wedding, made for her by Lorenz Bäumer, which has been named the Bäumer Aigrette.

Princess Charlene at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

When Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling in June 2010, the then Charlene Wittstock accompanied Prince Albert of Monaco to the wedding in Stockholm. Just 4 days later, it was announced that Prince Albert was to marry Charlene. 

For the occasion, the future Princess wore an Armani gown with long, dangling diamond earrings. While it is traditional for royal female guests to wear a tiara for Scandinavian weddings, Charlene was, at the time, a private citizen, and therefore, she did not wear one. However, it must also be pointed out that Charlene did not choose to wear a tiara to Princess Madeleine's wedding in 2013 either even though she was a member of a royal family. 

Crown Princess Victoria wed Daniel Westling (now Prince Daniel) at Stockholm Cathedral on June 19, 2010. This was a special day for the Swedish Royal Family as it was on the same day that Crown Princess Victoria's parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, wed 34 years earlier.

The wedding was dubbed "Europe's biggest wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981." Over 1,200 guests witnessed the happy nuptials on that day in June 2010. 

The Crown Princess Couple now have a four-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle and an eight-month-old son, Prince Oscar. 

Charlene at AMFAR Gala in 2009

In January 2016 our co-founder Heaven identified this beautiful one-shoulder Giorgio Armani dress that Charlene Wittstock (now The Princess of Monaco) wore to the AMFAR Gala in 2009.

 

The 16th AMFAR Gala took place on May 21, 2009, in Antibes, France. The gala focused on fighting against AIDS and coincided with the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. 

Over 800 people attended the event at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Other high-profile attendees included former American President Bill Clinton, Annie Lennox, Elizabeth Hurley, and Robert Pattinson among many others. Annie Lennox performed two of her hits,while the live auction was taking place. 

The 16th annual event was presented by The Weinstein Company, Palisades Tartan, and Bold Films. It was co-sponsored by Chopard, Luxury Limited Edition, and Hewlett-Packard Company. 

Charlene accessorized her navy Armani gown with a silver clutch, long earrings, and navy open toed heels. 

At this point in her relationship with Albert II of Monaco, they were not yet engaged. Their engagement was announced just over a year later in June 2010.