Happy Birthday, Princess Charlene! See the Style Icon's 10 Most Amazing Looks
The Monaco royal, who turns 43 on Jan. 25, is the queen of chic — and her husband Prince Albert agrees. "She has very good taste," he tells PEOPLE
June 23, 2010
For her royal engagement announcement, Charlene stood in the palace garden showing off her Repossi engagement ring in a backless pale green halter dress from Swiss designer Akris.
July 1, 2011
Shortly after her engagement was announced, designer Karl Lagerfeld "took me to his workshop in Paris," Charlene recalled. "He said, ‘You are going to be a style icon. You bring a breath of fresh air and modern glamour to Monaco.’" For her civil ceremony, Charlene collaborated with the designer, wearing a pantsuit in a vibrant shade of robin’s egg blue, which has since been dubbed “Charlene Blue.”
"We wanted something to match the color of my eyes,” she told Vogue. “It’s feminine and keeps with tradition, yet has a little twist that reflects my personal style. I thought it was a nice change to go for trousers instead of a skirt, especially since I’m an athlete and have always kept my clothes clean and simple.”
July 2, 2011
Charlene's handmade gown for her religious wedding ceremony had been announced six months earlier by Giorgio Armani. Made from 425 feet of white silk, the robe featured a 66-foot veil and train, embroidered with 60,000 crystals and mother of pearl teardrops. Despite its intricacies, it showed off Charlene’s athletic figure with classical simplicity and continues to draw compliments for its modernity.
Feb. 14, 2017
The former Olympic swimmer fit right in with some of the world's best-known athletes at the Laureus Awards, but her off-the-shoulder gown by Caroline Herrara accessorized with diamond drop earrings provided the winning edge.
July 28, 2017
For the 60th Red Cross Ball, Princess Charlene of Monaco looked exquisite in an Atelier Versace custom-made jumpsuit.
Oct. 16, 2018
An open wing-collar beneath a Ralph Lauren tuxedo struck a casual air at the 2018 Princess Grace Foundation Awards in New York.
Sept. 29, 2020
Opting for the traditional winner's yellow, Charlene surprised cycling fans at the opening of last year's Tour de France. Her yellow leather jacket by Philipp Plein paired perfectly with her unexpected Joker-themed mask.
Sept. 24, 2020
At the glamorous Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health on the terraces of the Opera of Monaco, Charlene stunned in a white Jenny Packham paired with a necklace by Repossi.
Nov. 19, 2020
For National Day, she wore a black double-faced dress coat with fuschia lining by South African designer Terrence Bray, a friend she has collaborated with since 2011.
"She has very good taste," her husband Prince Albert tells PEOPLE, "and a good team of people around her, looking out for things that she'd like or want.
"But she's able to recycle the different elements into new pieces. Like the coat that she wore for National Day, for example, was actually restyled by a South African friend of hers. It looks new but it's actually recycled."
Dec. 16, 2020
For her annual Christmas party at the Palace appearance, Charlene matched her chic mask with a Dior coat.