by Katia Ferrante

MONACO. In 2019, the first edition of the Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses In Montecarlo enthroned the reopening of the landmark hotel in the heart of Monte-Carlo, and it was the perfect occasion to celebrate love in style. The second Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses will be held on Friday, 14 february 2020 in the splendid setting of the Salle Empire of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the finest luxury hotel in the Casino Square. Like last year the Grand Ball is organized by famous lyric artist Delia Grace Noble under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. This will be a splendorous event that must be experienced first-hand: the gala will fall nothing short of magical… Charm, music, art, beauty, magic and royalty will come together to celebrate the Valentine’s day 2020.

The Salle Empire decorated for The Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses, February 14, 2019.@Noble Monte-Carlo

Then imagine sharing this exclusive experience with your prince or princess charming, reliving old memories and making new ones. Imagine wearing the most beautiful dress you can possibly think of, surrounded by the enchanting atmosphere of a royal ball room in the core of the principality. Your dream will come true on the 14th February 2020 when you will attend the gala dinner of the Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses in one of the finest luxury destinations in Europe.

The dress code calls for the most luxurious attire, with floor-length evening ball gowns and a tiara for the princesses, and ceremonial men’s suits for the handsome princes. The next “Grand Ball for Princes and Princesses” promises to exude grace, elegance and glamour. This exclusive gala dinner is intended as a celebration of love and beauty, which will bring together princes and princesses from all over the world. The privileged guests will enjoy an exceptional gourmet dinner signed by Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse and a high level artistic show, in a Salle Empire lavishly decorated with candelabras and exquisite flower centerpieces.

Guests will be treated like royalty in what promises to be a memorable royal evening.

The “Grand Ball for Princes and Princesses” becomes the fifth in a series of spectacular high-flying social gatherings created by Delia Grace Noble – the grand masked ball of venice in monte-carlo in 2017 followed by its second edition in 2018; the Venice Masked Ball at the historic Cipriani hotel that opened the 75th film Festival in Venice in August 2018, and the first “Grand Ball for Princes and Princesses” in 2019 in Monte-Carlo. These events are part of a social and cultural exchange between Monaco and Venice, and counts with the support of the Monaco Town Hall, and the Tourism Office of the Principality. The splendid “Grand Ball for Princes and Princesses” is part of the principality’s exclusive social calendar, a spectacular event worth attending!  Imagine that during the 2019 event the robe that H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco wore to the centennial ball in 1966 in the Casino of Monaco was on exhibit at the Salle Empire, for everybody to admire. In 1966 the princess was wearing the coronation crown of Empress Josephine of France.

Princesse Grace at the centennial Ball in 1966

In 2019 Delia created a magnificent show of pure artistry with a star-studded cast, such as romanian tenor Alin Stoica, French mezzo-soprano Beatrice Uria Monzon, Cristina Pasaroiu from Bucharest who has been celebrated at many of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world. Mariinsky ballet dancer Alexei Tyutyunnik and Irina leman   were wonderful in their pas de deux, and Anca Elena Andronache from National Opera in Romania, was an enchanting Sleeping Beauty, and the Tk Ts Starlet Brno ballroom dancing group from Czech Republic, were exquisite on the dance floor in their flowing gowns and ceremonial suits. This year the organizers of the “Grand Ball for Princes and Princesses” prepared a magic program, inviting the privileged guests to be part of a truly memorable evening.

At 7pm the stairs of the legendary Hôtel de Paris will be covered with a red carpet and flanked with men in period costumes with flags raised to welcome the elegant guests. At 7:15 pm they will enjoy a fantastic cocktail reception under the theme of love, followed at 8:00 pm by the gala dinner with a fabulous show all through the evening that promises to be of pure artistry with a star-studded cast, with renowned musicians, dancers, and the performance of high-level opera singers. Around 11pm the artistic inauguration of the Grand Ball will invite guests to dance in the most romantic way with live music by the soloists of the philharmonic orchestra of Monte-Carlo who will perform famous waltzes …

Then from midnight the private “Casino Royal” Rooms at the Casino of Monte-Carlo will be open until the little hours! The proceeds from this grand ball will benefit the  Princess Grace Foundation. . Created in 1964 by Princess Grace, the Foundation annually contributes considerable help to humanitarian projects which benefit children and also helps students through cultural projects. On the death of Princess Grace in 1982, Prince Rainier III conferred the presidency of the foundation on H.R.H. Caroline of Monaco Princess of Hanover. Quietly but efficiently, the Foundation keeps on its philanthropic work thanks to your support and generosity which we need more and more to allow us to continue and develop our action, whose figures sum up around 5millions euros pledged year after year for more than 50 years on humanitarian / paediatric medical research and cultural charity. In fact, in respect to the legacy of Princess Grace, H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, decided to give financial assistance to cultural activities. Her priorities were those just embarking on their careers and especially the young dancers from the newly renovated Princess Grace Dance Academy in Monaco. The foundation has given grants to individual dancers. In connection with the Fondation Prince Pierre, the Foundation also awards annual prizes to young writers and musicians. The foundation also administers the PrincessGrace Irish Library   which was established in 1984 from the personal collection of Princess Grace. Under the control of Mrs Anne-Marie Boisbouvier, trustee, and thanks to the experienced staff, the library welcomes irish writers, organizes lectures and informs the public of its book collections via its website. Under the guidance of the trustee, Mrs Luisa Albanese, the foundation lends its support to local handcrafts in the two boutiques du Rocher. Many talented local artisans make everyday objects or baby clothes of very high quality by hand. Personal requests for hand embroidered items for the house or even handmade baby clothes are also considered and any funds raised go towards the work of the foundation. follow on Fb Les boutiques du Rocher at Monte-Carlo. Finally, as for the “Grand Ball for Princes and Princesses” Delia Grace Noble would like to acknowledge the support of loyal sponsors and partners who contribute to the success of the Ball. She emphasized: “My objective as Unicef ambassador is to donate part of the proceeds from the gala to the princess grace foundation that as you know provides important support to humanitarian projects to benefit children.”




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