MONACO NATIONAL DAYS, PRINCESS CHARLENE’S HATS

by Eleonora Pedron MONACO. The National Day of Monaco, also known as the Sovereign Prince’s Day, is celebrated every year around the date of November 19. The annual holiday takes place on the same day as Prince Albert of Monaco ascended to the throne, but the official celebrations taking place on Sunday, the date changes every year. Princess Charlene is one of the most elegant royals in the world. She rarely puts a foot wrong in the fashion stakes, and her hats are always royal millinery at their best. Princess Charlene looks always as stylish as ever as she kicks of the annual National Day of Monaco celebrations.

 November 21st 2010: Charlene was newly engaged to Prince Albert and wowed everyone with this dramatic brown asymmetrical hat. It is the first official hat appearance at the Monaco National Day celebrations.

Charlene attended Armani’s shows in Italy in 2008 and 2009 and chose a designer’s Armani Prive Collection dress in the occasion of the 2010 Monaco’s National Day
Charlene attended Armani’s shows in Italy in 2008 and 2009 and chose a designer’s Armani Prive Collection dress in the occasion of the 2010 Monaco’s National Day

November 20th 2011: Waving from the Monaco Palace’s balcony for the first time in her new life as a princess during the official celebration of Monaco’s National Day, fourth months after her marriage with Prince Albert II, Charlene of Monaco does not wear a hat on her Grace Kelly-like golden chignon as for instance the Brits Royal ladies usually claim.

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November 24th 2012: As Charlene soon starts supporting Albert on duties in Monaco and around the world, she is less than good attending the traditional mass in the Cathedral of Monaco during the Monaco National Day. She is wearing a a gorgeous navy coat dress with a black bumper hat trimmed in a swath of blue net veil, while in this official occasion Charlene’s new sister in law, the usually nonconformist princess Stephanie, seems allergic to headgear…

National Day 2012 - As we can see in this image taken on the Saint Nicolas Cathedral steps, Monaco enjoys one of the loveliest times in Fall and a particularly mild climate
National Day 2012 – As we can see in this image taken on the Saint Nicolas Cathedral steps, Monaco enjoys one of the loveliest times in Fall and a particularly mild climate

 November 17th 2013: Being a Princess means always being on in public, aware of your surroundings and avoiding false steps at every turn. Picking charities which are both approved by the Prince as well as she is feeling strongly about, attending galas upon galas, soirées upon soirées, and making speeches at public appearances. The 35-year-old Charlene looks elegant in her sober ensemble as she follows Prince Albert, who is wearing the official royal family dress, while attending a mass at a cathedral to mark the day. To complete her look, Princess Charlene wears a navy wool picture hat with wide brim during the mass. Princess Stephanie didn’t wear a hat… again. It seems her allergy to head wear is a chronic condition…

17th November 2013 - Princess Charlene, Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline, and Princess Stephanie during the Te Deum in the Monaco Cathedral as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations
17th November 2013 – Princess Charlene, Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline, and Princess Stephanie during the Te Deum in the Monaco Cathedral as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations

November 23rd 2014: Princess Charlene is ready for children now that she’s ‘settled’ into noble role. In May 2014, it was announced Princess Charlene was pregnant and speculation quickly grew that her and Albert would welcome twins. While she did not attend the celebration mass at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee de Monaco or watch the military parade, she did make an appearance on the balcony in the most quintessential of French hats, a beret. In October the Royal Palace confirmed the joyful news. T.S.H. Prince Albert and Charlene look happy in this beautiful, intimate shot.

The Prince Palace - November, 2014 - Princess Charlene showing her babies belly and Prince Albert II of Monaco pose in a room of their luxury residence
The Prince Palace – November, 2014 – Princess Charlene showing her babies belly and Prince Albert II of Monaco pose in a room of their luxury residence

November 22nd 2015: For the Thanksgiving Mass at Cathedral Notre-Dame, the parade in the royal palace courtyard and the greeting from the palace balcony, Princess Charlene chooses a new hat for these celebrations, a sleek cloche in claret wool trimmed with a grey birdcage net veil that encases the piece. The classic 1920s shape and style of the hat is made current and modern by the veil and a side slit in the cuffed brim. This is not an easy hat to wear but it works so well with Charlene’s face shape, new pixie haircut, flapper-esque dropped waist dress and demure jewellery.

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella during the National Day Parade as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 2015
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella during the National Day Parade as part of Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 2015

November 20th 2016: Princess Charlene is a true ambassador for the country. The Royal Engagement calendar isn’t fun and games. She is required as a working member of the Royal family to attend events, make appearances, support charities and undertake tours on behalf of your country. Princess Charlene blows a kiss to the crowds with her adorable twins. Pictured with Prince Albert II and children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on National Day, in Monaco Princess Charlene is once again showing her class and style wearing all black but with a statement hat with red flowers.

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella at the Prince Palace balcony on November 20, 2016
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella at the Prince Palace balcony on November 20, 2016

November 19th 2017: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene celebrated Monaco’s national holiday attending mass at the Cathedral of Monaco, reviewing troops in the courtyard of the royal palace and appearing on the palace balcony. Charlene, 39, and Albert, 59, posed with twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, both two, on the palace balcony in Monaco. The mother-of-two looked glamorous in a velvet blue coat dress teamed with a dramatic hat and black pumps, accessorising with a pair of leather gloves. 

November 19, 2017 - For the second time since 2006, in 2017 the Monaco's National Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, was falling on the date chosen by Prince Albert II when he ascended to the throne in 2005
November 19, 2017 – For the second time since 2006, in 2017 the Monaco’s National Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, was falling on the date chosen by Prince Albert II when he ascended to the throne in 2005

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