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Monaco: The Rose Ball 2012

London Theme for Monaco Rose Ball 2012

As London frantically prepares this year for the Olympics, Monaco is also getting into the swing of things with the 2012 Rose Ball. Princess Caroline of Hanover has selected the theme for this year's ball – 60s styled London.

The Rose Ball is taking this year the theme of London.

The Rose Ball is taking this year the theme of London. For one exquisite night, glimmering aristocratic guests and A-listers will come together at the luxuriously fragrant, rose-filled Salle des Etoiles in order to raise money for the Princess Grace Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to spotting and assisting emerging talent in theatre and dance by distributing grants to young, gifted individuals.  

The star-studded event will take place in the dazzling Principality of Monaco on the 24th March. For the occasion, Monaco will revive the vibrant and frantic scenes from the so-called swinging 60s. The theme will celebrate the optimism and excitement of this era, when people lived life actively and to the fullest. The night is hoped to be an outburst of colour and exhilaration and evoke a psychedelic atmosphere. 

Les Salles des Etoiles at the Sporting Hall in Monte Carlo will encompass a multitude of vibrant and dynamic decorations including a succession of powerful and gaudy illusions by means of mirrors. Guests will discover a metamorphosed room of pop ups, recreating the emblematic buildings from the English capital. 

Music will also play an essential role for this years theme of the swinging sixties. while paying tribute to famous British musicians like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who and Pink Floyd, the Rose Ball will also play host to a new generation of musicians who have been inspired by these legendary artists, including wild man of rock Pete Doherty. Pete will join a line up of performers who include Mark Ronson, Miles Kane and Imelda Kay. 

Since its inauguration in 1954 by Princess Grace, the Rose Ball has developed over the years becoming bigger, more exclusive and glamorous. Each year, the exclusive event is designed around a distinct theme from a different country, and previous concepts have included Jamaican reggae and the Spanish movida. In 2009, the theme of "Rock ‘n Rose" tempted guests to dress themselves in bold, audacious, retro-vibed frocks of leather bodices and crash helmets serving as flower baskets. Additionally, the theme aspires guests to sparkle in their new designer, glamorous frocks and indulge in a champagne dinner followed by an exhilarating, fun-filled night of entertainment and dancing.

Former guests to the prestigious event comprise Dame Shirley Bassey, Ivana Trump and model Victoria Silvstedt. Although there is a posse of celebrity residents and wealthy revellers, the occasion still remains an invitation-only event, but tickets are set at a predictably high-price of 750 euros per person.

Katie Williams 

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Comment by Kelli Morgan | 21.03.2012

It is a shame that the Princess of Hanover cannot rule Monaco instead of Prince Albert and his swimmer wife, "Princess" Charlene. Princess Caroline is so well suited.

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