Since 1948, the Monaco Red Cross Ball has been one of the most prestigious events on the summer social calendar. It’s graced by plenty of prominent and popular people from all over the world. This year’s ball, to be presided by the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, HSH Prince Albert II, will be no exception.
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In fact, it’s said to be even more star-studded as it celebrates 70 years of honouring the sponsors of the Monaco Red Cross. We know British soul songster Seal is set to perform on the night of 27 July, 2018, within the ball’s customary annual event space since 1974: The exquisite Salle des Etoiles of the Monte Carlo Sporting Club. The Kiss From A Rose singer is the 70th international artist in a long list of big names in the music industry who have preformed at the Monaco Red Cross Ball — from French cabaret singer Maurice Chevalier, making an appearance at the first ever ball in 1948, to Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Lana Del Rey, during the many years that follow.
The star power is not limited to just performing artists. The programme rivals itself in glamour. Once, a Christian Dior fashion show was even organised in 1952. Soon after, 10 years since its inauguration chaired by Prince Rainier III, the Monaco Red Cross Ball welcomed its most beautiful and fashionable chairwoman yet. Princess Grace of Monaco was the epitome of style and grace, therefore much suited to helm the ball. Under the American actress’ presidency, the gala saw many more glamorous names added to the guest list but she would steal the show with her own iconic, innate dress sense.
Princess Grace’s tragic death in 1982 led her son, Prince Albert II, to take up the torch. Today, together with wife Princess Charlene, they continue to highlight the heart of the Monaco Red Cross Ball, which is to support the Monaco Red Cross societies and the work they do to make the world a better and safer place for those in need. In 2017, over 74,000 people in the world directly benefited from the actions of the Monaco Red Cross. That’s twice the population of people living the European microstate. With this altruism to back it up, the stunning affair of the Monaco Red Cross Ball is all the more prestigious.
More Or Less Decor
Other aspects to expect at the 70th rendition is “minimalist” decor in the Red Cross colours of white and red. In a press statement, the Monte-Carlo SBM, a hospitality conglomerate officiating under the benevolence of the princely family of Monaco, said: “As soon as guests arrive at the Sporting, they will see vases of flowers made up of thousands of Red Piano, Red Ice, Kensington Garden and Cream Fragrance roses. In the same spirit, the walls of the Salle des Etoiles will be decorated with crystal tassels and chandeliers, enhanced with a floral frieze consisting of 2,000 red dahlias.”
In keeping with tradition, guests will also discover a work of art designed by a famous international artist in the field of painting or sculpting. He or she will offer their interpretation of the Red Cross symbol. Last year’s work was created by Catania-born artist Pino Pinelli.
Winning The Lottery
There will also likely be a lucky draw, with luxury prizes to excite even the pickiest of guests. In 2017, Van Cleef & Arpels donated a Magic Alhambra necklace with six white gold and diamond motifs while private banking company CMB Monaco graciously offered up a Cartier Tank Française watch.
Doors of the Salle des Etoiles opens at 8pm, 27 July, 2018. This is a tuxedo-evening dress affair. The price per person is €1,200 for dinner, excluding drinks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.