The famous Bal de la Rose will unfold under a starry sky on Saturday in Monaco

By Peter Mikelbank
March 18, 2016 03:50 PM
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It’s the most glamorous night of the year in the most glamorous country on earth.

The annual Bal de la Rose (“Rose Ball” in English) is set to take place this Saturday in Monaco. First organized in 1954, the ball is a charity event benefiting the Princess Grace Foundation under the presidency of Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and Princess Caroline of Hanover.

Held in the Sporting Monte-Carlo’s Club’s spectacular Salle des étoiles (“room of stars”), the venue features a retractable roof to allow night sky views and overhead firework displays during an evening of fine dining and dancing.

Sketches of the Bal de la Rose room
Dumas Roustang / Marcad Event 2016

This year designer Karl Lagerfeld is offering a Cuban theme for the black-tie event, allowing attendees to stroll through fragrant sugar cane and sip mojitos. Performers will serve up Cuban reggaeton throughout the night.

Dumas Roustang / Marcad Event 2016

The evening tends to draw a who’s who of the Monégasque royal family. Last year’s royal ranks were marked by several unexpected and notable absences, including Princess Charlene, who stayed home at the last moment to care for her then-4-month-old daughter Princess Gabriella.

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On Caroline’s side, her eldest son Andreas and his wife Tatiana also skipped last year’s ball, while her stylish daughter Charlotte Casiraghi – who had publicly debuted her relationship with comedian Gad Emaleh at the 2013 Bal – came unescorted.

Which leaves royal watchers actively anticipating this weekend’s event, with whispers that Charlotte, 29, will bring her new boyfriend, Italian filmmaker Lamberto Sanfelice.

The couple have been quietly dating for five months. Charlotte is a mom to 2-year-old son Raphael with Emaleh.