On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the late Prince Rainier, the Grimaldis presented themselves as a unit. All eyes were on Charlène of Monaco.
Monaco – Prince Rainier III died in 2005 at the age of 81, and Princess Gracia Patricia's husband (31, † 52) would have turned 1982 on May 100. Of course, this was honored accordingly in the Principality, including an exhibition in the Prince's Palace, a vintage car parade and the inauguration of a sculpture trail. After Charlène of Monaco (45) recently made an extremely dejected impression at the Formula 1 race alongside Prince Albert II (65), she now enchanted the Monegasques with a radiant appearance.
Prince Rainier's 100th birthday: Charlène of Monaco has not been seen so relaxed for a long time
In the run-up to the festivities, tensions arose between Princess Charlène and Albert's older sister Caroline of Hanover (66). According to Bunte, former professional swimmer Charlène Wittstock was excluded from the preparations, she was not a member of the planning committee. Last year, Bunte reported, citing the French magazine Voici, that it was contractually stipulated that Charlène and Caroline would no longer make appointments together in the future in order to avoid intra-family conflicts. But now the two had to bite the bullet, which at least Caroline didn't seem to like.
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the late father Rainier III of Monaco, the princely family made an exception, together Charlène, Albert, his sisters Caroline and Stéphanie (58) and their offspring took part in the commemoration ceremonies. But while Charlène seemed to be visibly enjoying the day and eagerly participating in various activities, Caroline von Hannover's expression seemed icy, and the eldest daughter of Prince Rainier and Princess Gracia Patricia was also photographed almost exclusively with sunglasses. Did it go against the grain for her to share the spotlight with her little-loved sister-in-law, on Caroline's father's special day?
Demonstration of power in Monaco: Princess Charlène asserts her position
In terms of colour, Caroline of Hanover easily outperformed Princess Charlène, because Albert's big sister opted for an outfit in bright red, while Charlène had opted for a restrained ensemble in beige. But when Charlène, Albert, their twins Jacques and Gabriella (8) and Princess Stéphanie put on red coats to make small works of art with spray cans, Caroline just stood by, even at the presentation of a cake at the end of the day, Caroline kept her distance, while her sister Stéphanie helped little Jacques cut it.
Joint appointments between Princess Charlène (left) and Caroline of Hanover are an absolute rarity. On Prince Rainier's 100th birthday, she showed herself side by side. (Photomontage) © IMAGO/PanoramiC/ZUMA Wire
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Only when visiting the exhibition "A Prince at Home, Rainier III in Pictures 1923-2005" in the state apartments of the Prince's Palace there was no escape. In a shot presented by the Monegasque palace on Instagram, Caroline – wearing sunglasses – poses right next to Charlène, who beams at the camera and holds Albert's hand. A demonstration of power after the drama surrounding Charlène had had consequences and numerous members of the Grimaldi clan had threatened to outstrip her. Sources used: bunte.de, voici.fr, Instagram