Prince Albert and Stephanie at Monte-Carlo Circus Festival

On January 19, 2017, Prince Albert II of Monaco, his sister Princess Stephanie her daughter Pauline Ducruet and her son Louis Ducruet and his companion Marie attend the opening of the 41st Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival in Monaco.
Prince Albert, Princess Stephanie, Pauline Ducruet, Princess Charlene at Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival

29 comments:

  1. Can someone explain this event? I do not understand why a Circus is such a royal occassion and why they show up night after night and the scarves?

    I mean no disrespect I just have no clue why this is so big.. a circus?

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    1. It seems to always be the circus with them. A couple of days ago they were also there - with the seals! I seem to recall Stephanie has had a long association with circuses...
      That said, it's quite a change since the last photos, with better hair colour and some makeup on Stephanie.

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    2. Diane, that is what "being royal" in Monaco stands for. The circus festival, car races, gambling, and tax laws, that attract very rich people from other countries (Michael Schumacher for example, who is born german) to change their citizenship. That is Monaco.

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    3. Diane, that is what "being royal" in Monaco stands for. The circus festival, car races, gambling, and tax laws, that attract very rich people from other countries (Michael Schumacher for example, who is born german) to change their citizenship. That is Monaco.

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    4. Diane, they hand out awards to the artists who are among the best of the world. Circus Oscars so to speak.

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    5. Diane,Le prince Rainier aimait beaucoup le cirque,c'est lui qui a créé ,en 1974,le Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo ,un quartier de Monaco où est installé le chapiteau La princesse Stéphanie en est la présidente depuis le décès de son père Voila pourquoi tous les ans en janvier,ils mettent une belle écharpe aux couleurs du festival et distribuent des prix comme aux Oscars .

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    6. Diane, Stephanie literally 'ran away to join the circus'. "In 2001, Stéphanie began a relationship with married elephant trainer Franco Knie and moved, along with her three children, into Knie's circus caravan. However, that relationship came to an end in 2002, and Stéphanie and her family returned to Monaco. On 12 September 2003, Stéphanie married Portuguese acrobat Adans Lopez Peres, a member of Knie's circus ensemble.The marriage ended in divorce on 24 November 2004.

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    7. Thank you ladies! Yes, lizzie I am very aware of Stephanies love life LOL

      I just did not know this was a huge event or required a patron etc. It has never been clear to me.

      Thank you everyone
      Merci
      Grazie
      Gracias
      Danke
      Kittos
      Tak
      Tack
      Dank je

      Miss anyone? 😉

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    8. Diane, you can add thank you in catalan to your list: "gràcies" or, a little bit affected, "mercès". The tonic accent in both words is like the french "accent grave".

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    9. Ya puestos Sakurahime y Diane, terminamos con la Península Ibérica :))
      eskerrik asko en vasco
      grazas en gallego
      obrigado en portugués. LOL.

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    10. Angie ended up with obrigado :)
      Terima kasih in Indonesian
      Xiexie in Chinese
      Spasibo in Rusian
      Dzekuje in Polish

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    11. Oh lovely thanks for all the lessons! I love languages. Thanks ladies!

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  2. Princess Stephanie looks lovely and has a youthful look to her face. This hairstyle suits her face very well.

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    1. Yes! It takes away 15 years from her and makes her looks so much softer and more feminine. There are several royals who should follow her example.

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  3. Princess Stephanie looks amazing!

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  4. This is a wonderful hairstyle change from the impromptu tight ponytails of Stephanie. Also, great makeup!
    Pauline Ducruet is very pretty actually but is THAT a crop top????

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    1. I actually don't see anything wrong with her wearing a crop top. Yes she's at an official royal event but she appears to have a coat on and a scarf. They're very much in style and she looks great in it.

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  5. Diane Brown:
    It's an International Circus Festival in Monaco and Stephanie is the patron…… not everything is about fashion events for royals!

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    1. I realize that Mille C

      I was not commenting on fashion. In fact my very point is that a circus is not like... mental health or hospice or art. Fashion has nothing to do w my comment. The fashion is second to the thing they are attending like diplomatic dinners, tours of countries. Frankly the only family that is really ALL about fashion shows is this family. But my question was why is the circus important? You missed my point but thanks.

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    2. I also don't understand the obsession with the circus. I think circuses are trashy, creepy and not humane to the animals. I exclude Cirque du Soleil.

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    3. Heather, you are right about circuses.Eventually circuses will lose their appeal because of animal cruelty I hope it will happen sooner than later.
      The same goes for Zoos around the world. No more Zoos , no more keeping animals in small spaces.

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    4. I agree Heather I am not a fan of zoos or circuses. Ringling Brothers just shut down in the States.

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  6. Puede que haya cambiado de peinado, pero lo que le ha quitado 15 años de encima es la cirugía, que ha sido un éxito claramente y hace bien si es su voluntd, pero no hay que engañarse hablando de pelo y maquillaje y bla bla bla.

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  7. Didn't recognise Stephanie at first ! The hair style has softened her features, she looks lovely, best we've seen her in a while !

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  8. I prefer royals attending circus performances rather than football/soccer worldcups or Olympics which are both a big dirty swamp of corruption and doping.

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  9. To tell the truth, I don't understand the positive comments on Stephanies new hairstyle at all. I think it looks wierd, like a helmet, that does not belong to her. Color is much too dark, these fringes accurately formed with a circular brush, curly sides, she looks like an ageing houesewife in the eighties who is desperately seeking for a youthful look. Earrings don't match the outfit. Lipstick has not the right color, same for the blusher, it adds to her harsh facial expression. Sorry, but not a good look at all. Okay, it is better than the hairstyle she had for so long, which was a mere desaster, but far away from good.

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    1. Agree with you Beth.
      Such a fringe suits only very young girl. It would suit her if she had fringe to the side ( like Diana Brown has on her photo)
      Well, she never really looked good whether it was her make up her hairdo or taste in fashion.

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    2. Oh my hair and my side bangs :) I love them! Less severe look and also nice with hair up.

      I do think Stephanies hair style is severe and the very too short bangs makes her face look too harsh. Very few ppl can wear bangs like that without looking odd. Reminds me of the old bowl looking cuts the monks wore in the 15th century.

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  10. wat heeft Lizzie er last van ,nooit posetief wat jammer als je zo moet leven.!!!
    maar prinses Stefhanie ziet er mooi uit ,ik heb respekt hoe ze alles doet ,en haar kinderen
    zijn gek op haar !!!

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