Princess Caroline shows off chic gray hair at Monaco dog show
New photos of one of the most glamorous royals in the world have emerged, and the princess has decided to fully embrace her roots.
Have you ever heard of the Monaco dog show? No, me neither.
The Monegasque Red Cross ball, of course, which in normal times sees the principality’s small royal family showing up in force with hundreds of thousands of dollars in couture and enough diamonds to create their own Cartier outpost. Likewise the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix, an unmissable event on the social calendar combining rotating engines and rotating social climbers.
But the Monaco dog show?
However, this week this spectacular canine was the backdrop for a new royal outing which saw the Monegasque house of Grimaldi being polite. What made the event a jaw-dropping dropper was not just how normal three generations of Casiraghis looked as they admired some very pampered mutts, but the striking appearance of the Princess Caroline.
Wearing a clean white shirt and caramel pants, the 64-year-old looked very different from last year only when she sat front row at the Chanel fashion show with her youngest daughter, Princess Alexandra. from Hanover. This week her iconic brown locks are gone and in their place, the royal has gone very chic and gray.
It was all day with the family with Caroline posing with her daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, the daughter of her recently deceased cousin Elizabeth-Ann Noghès, the baroness of Massy and her niece and nephew the Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.
Dating back to the 70s, when she was the reigning “It girl” of Europe, weaving between the ski slopes of St Mortiz and the sparkling Mediterranean for a game of water skiing, Caroline has always been the epitome of French style. and her decision to kiss her gray is just the latest example of eternal chic.
Her personal life, however, has never been brighter.
Her first marriage to Parisian banker Philippe Junot lasted barely two years. (Her mother, Princess Grace, would not have supported the union.)
At 25, she lost her mother in a car accident.
The following year, she married Stefano Casiraghi who was tragically killed in 1990 after crashing his speedboat during a race. At just 33, she was left a widow and a single mother of three young children.
The family decamped near Saint-Rémy, in the south of France, where they largely dodged the French tabloid press. (In the 90s, Caroline had to Paris Match what Diana, Princess of Wales was for the red tops of Fleet Street.)
The strain of her new life became apparent later in the ’90s, when it was widely reported that she was suffering from alopecia.
Simultaneously at this time, due to the refusal of her reigning brother, Prince Albert, to walk down the aisle, Caroline became the de facto first lady of Monaco.
At the end of the 90s, speculation began to circulate about his friendship with the married prince Ernst-August of Hanover. In 1997 he left his wife and in 1999 he and Caroline married in what looked like a marriage made in society’s paradise. (Her third marriage meant that she could be called Her Royal Highness, a step up from her old style of Her Serene Highness.)
The arrival of their daughter Alexandra six months later cemented his new joy. (Nobody tells the Pope!)
But fairy tales don’t even exist for real-life princesses and in 2009 it looked like their union had hit the rocks, when it was reported that she had left their Paris home and returned to her. Native Monte Carlo.
Ernst is quite the, shall we say diplomatically, a colorful character. In 2004 he was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm in an incident at a Kenyan nightclub while the following year he fell into a coma after suffering from acute pancreatitis.
In 2009, he was reported to have been a guest at the 40th birthday celebrations of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi in Tripoli. It is alleged that on several occasions he was hospitalized due to alcohol-related problems.
While today Caroline and Ernst are still legally married, they have been separated for a long time and he regularly makes headlines for all the wrong reasons. He is currently suing his eldest son for a castle he gave him when in March of this year he was given a suspended sentence following an altercation with police in 2020.
Which brings us to today, as Caroline is once again stuck in the middle of yet another family crisis.
Her sister-in-law, Princess Charlene (and mother of Gabriella and Jacques) has been back in her native South African since around May. After going to see her family, she reportedly suffered from a severe ear, nose and throat infection, a problem that has long since been in the pool as an Olympic swimmer, which means she did not. could fly.
The allegedly reluctant royal’s absence from her adopted European homeland has sparked a continuing wave of reports that the marriage between Princess Charlene and Prince Albert has been broken.
In August, Albert and the couple’s twins visited her in South Africa, with Charlene posting what may be the most embarrassing series of royal photos that has ever made its way into the public sphere. Rather than soften shared speculation, they only added fuel to the separation fire.
(Gabriella’s oddly asymmetrical bangs are the little royal’s own work. Princess Charlene posted in late August: “Gabriella decided to cut her hair! Sorry Bella, I did my best to fix it.”)
Earlier this month Albert said People, “She didn’t leave Monaco angry!
“She didn’t leave because she was angry with me or someone else… She didn’t go into exile. It was absolutely just a medical problem that needed to be treated.
Given Charlene’s absence, Caroline was once again left as the longest-serving female member of House Grimaldi left on the house floor, which may be part of the reason why she was spending her weekend at a dog show and not to say, sipping rosé by an infinity pool. (Which is, of course, exactly what you and I would do if we were royals, insanely wealthy, and living in Monte Carlo.)
While Caroline’s recently unveiled salt and pepper locks might be quite the start, let me be clear here: she has never looked so chic. If there has ever been an image that perfectly embodied this inherent recklessness of the French style, it is this princess.
Ditto little Gabriella – this girl’s fierce fashion game is going to be such a joy to watch in years to come. So watch out for Princess Charlotte and Lili Mountbatten-Windsor: this European princess will be the one to beat.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of major Australian media titles.