Article first published July/August 2022.
The evening had promised an “exciting entertainment of incomparable splendor” and it did not disappoint.
Tiaras were polished and coattails pressed as 150 VIPs arrived or the Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses at the Hotel Hermitage on June 25.
The international Gala transformed the Principality for one night by creating an atmosphere in which all guests with the soul of princes and princesses were plunged into an era of glamour and intrigue. From ultimate elegance and opulence to an epitome of aristocratic charm, the Grand Ball proved its uniqueness.
The Belle Epoque Salle welcomed the various members of royal families, famous couturiers, elite business people and high profile politicians all adhering to a strict dress code: ball gowns and floor length dresses for ladies while gentleman suited up in ceremony military uniforms or black tie.
Beyond royal encounters, the dazzling social etiquette and out- of-this-world glamour created a distinguished Ball setting, even by Monaco standards.
Delia Grace Noble, soprano and UNICEF ambassador, was the artistic director of this project that glorified culture, art and romance. Together with her team, she strived to turn the most magical creative fantasies into reality by provoking unforgettable emotions from guests, who were transported into a world of fairytales.
With something to appeal to every taste, entertainment was in abundance until the early hours to the delight of distinguished guests, who represented each corner of the world, and helped to pay tribute to the elegance and memory of the balls of Princess Grace of Monaco.
Grace Noble left no detail to chance. The decoration, colors, music, dance and culture were as magnificent as the performances of the more than 100 artists, including Italy’s National Carabinieri Orchestra, the Czech national team of artistic dancers, flag throwers, opera and variety singers, instrumentalists and international étoile ballet stars.
More than 40,000 peonies and pink roses embellished the walls, tables and entire room in the Hotel Hermitage, providing an intoxicating scent that only added to the magic of the evening. Alina Neacsa, flower designer for the royal houses, incorporated a perfume from a era of yesteryear. After special editions of the Ball having already been held in Venice and at the Expo 2020 Dubai closing, the gem of a fairytale will immortalize other locations, including London and Hong Kong. A soon to be revealed city in the U.S. as well as the Osaka EXPO in 2025 are also in the cards.
On March 17, 2023, the Ball of Princes and Princesses will bring together two worlds of noble opulence in the most luxurious and mythical Arabian place, Burj al Arab. An international committee with Lady Oxana Girko, Alex Munteanu or Jean-Claude Chartier supports the organization to create one of the most spectacular worldwide events next year.
As for Monaco, if the success of this event in June is any indication, the return of the Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses will be a not-to-be-missed date in the social scene for years to come.