Published on November 22, 2023Updated on February 16, 2024
The great charity event known as the Rose Ball has been taking place in Monaco for almost 70 years. This early spring soirée is one of the Principality's most popular annual festivities. Far beyond being a run-of-the-mill social occasion, it is as highly anticipated by the public as it is watched by the press, drawing in various stars and celebrities. Below, we take a closer look at an unmissable VIP event which never fails to charm.
As the photographers’ cameras flash, the jet set and celebrities make their entrance. The Rose Ball is a key date in the diary for high-profile people, first and foremost Monaco’s royal family. The event, founded in 1954 by Princess Grace, is now presided over by her daughter, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover. She traditionally opens the ball alongside her brother, HSH Prince Albert II. The evening is lent a special magic by members of the Grimaldi family (Monaco’s aristocracy) and stars from the worlds of film, music, sport and television. International stars are all in attendance, including Dita Von Teese, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Pedro Almodovar and many others.
The dress code for the Rose Ball is evening gowns for the ladies and black tie for the gentlemen, so prepare to be dazzled! Every year, attendees shine in sophisticated outfits that are as elegant as they are refined. Pieces by great designers, including Chanel, Dior and Saint Laurent, all stake their claim on the spotlight and are often inspired by the evening’s theme evoking a particular culture or era. The royal family’s gowns are, of course, some of the most avidly scrutinised, including the dresses worn by Charlotte Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, wife of Pierre Casiraghi, both of whom have become genuine fashion icons. Who can forget the elegant Roaring Twenties-style white Chanel dress worn by Charlotte Casiraghi at the jazz age-inspired 2022 event?
Each annual event has its own unique live entertainment devised by a major name from the art and culture world. Karl Lagerfeld served as artistic director for many years, leading landmark shows themed around Cuba, Manhattan and Swinging London, to name but a few. In recent years, Christian Louboutin has taken the reins in his flamboyant style, as exemplified at the 2023 Bollywood evening. For the show’s duration, dance, music and a fabulous décor dotted with thousands of roses transport guests into a world one can normally only dream of. It takes place in one of Europe's finest venues, the Salle des Étoiles at Sporting Monte-Carlo. It is the kind of experience one can only describe as magical!
The Rose Ball’s exceptional live entertainment is topped off by performances by some very special guests. Famous singers and DJs are helping to spread the Rose Ball’s renown. Singer Mika took top billing in 2023. Past years have seen performances from singers Imany and HollySiz, as well as Britons Rita Ora, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson and the reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Renowned dancers including Jérémy-Loup Quer from the Paris Opera and prestigious orchestras such as the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Concert Philharmonic bring their own talents to this grand spectacle.
The evening includes a luxurious dinner, live entertainment and an opening dance. The tables are elegantly laid with a succession of dishes in keeping with the evening's theme. Guests can relish a premier meal superbly prepared thanks to the culinary skills of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer.
The Rose Ball is a major charity event organised in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation chaired by HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover since 1983. Proceeds from the evening's events - including a raffle with a very special set of prizes - support humanitarian programmes aimed at helping children and paediatric research. As major source of funding for the Foundation, the Rose Ball raised almost €295,000 in 2022.
If you would like to experience the thrill of one of Monaco’s biggest events alongside more than 800 guests, you can book your place at the Rose Ball 2024. Admission includes dinner, raffle tickets, live entertainment and the ball itself. Both evening gowns for ladies and evening jackets for gentlemen are compulsory, so it is also advisable to reserve your outfit ahead of time as demand is high every year.
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