Celebrating Saint Valentine in style
It was a real privilege to attend the first edition of The Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses, organized by famous Opera singer and friend Delia Grace Noble, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, in the splendid Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris, on the occasion of Saint Valentine’s on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
This romantic alluring Ball enthroned the recently reopening of the landmark hotel in the heart of Monte-Carlo, and it was the perfect occasion to celebrate love in style!
The dress code called for the most luxurious attire, with ladies looking fabulous in their floor-length evening ball gowns and wearing a tiara, with the handsome men wearing ceremonial suits, and they were treated like royalty during this memorable romantic evening.
A royal welcome to a glamorous Ball
The stairs of the legendary Hotel de Paris were covered with a red carpet and flanked with men in period costumes with flags raised to herald the arrival of the elegant guests, while the fanfare of trumpets resounded in the Casino Square, for a royal welcome!
Everybody met in the lobby of the Hotel de Paris, before being invited to enter the splendid Salle Empire, where they were in awe admiring the tables beautifully decorated in golden tones, and adorned with cascades of roses and candles.
The Robe that H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco wore to the Centennial Ball in 1966 in the Casino of Monaco was on exhibit at the Salle Empire, for everybody to admire. The Princess was wearing the coronation crown of Empress Josephine of France.
A fairy tale story of pure artistry
The highly creative Delia Grace Noble has organized other successful Balls but I believe this one was her crowning accomplishment!
Host Rupert Wynne-James, a well-known former British tennis pro turned movie actor, took the guests on an imaginary voyage by recounting a fairy tale of Prince Charming and his Princess when they met for the first time at the Ball, while presenting the different artists that succeeded one after another like in a never ending fantastic dream. (Photo insert: Adriana Karembeu and host Rupert Wynne-James @Noble Monte-Carlo)
Delia created a magnificent show of pure artistry with a star-studded cast, with live music by the soloists of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo, and the performance of high-level Opera singers, such as Romanian Tenor Alin Stoica, French Mezzo-Soprano Beatrice Uria Monzon, Cristina Pasaroiu from Bucharest who has been celebrated at many of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world.
Mariinsky Ballet dancer Alexei Tyutyunnik and Irina Lerman were wonderful in their pas de deux, and Anca Elena Andronache from National Opera in Romania, was an enchanting Sleeping Beauty, and the TK TS Starlet Brno ballroom dancing group from Czech Republic, were exquisite on the dance floor in their flowing gowns and ceremonial suits.
And if that was not enough guests were delighted by the mesmerizing deep jazz voice of soul, pop, jazz singer and songwriter Anna Soklich from Slovakia, and the dancing music by PAPA DJ Monaco who kept everybody dancing enthusiastically.
A banquet fit for a Prince
The elegant women and handsome men enjoyed an exceptional gourmet banquet specially signed by Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse.
The menu included golden sautéed scallops with fresh asparagus from Provence, followed by an exquisite Champagne risotto with gold leaves, and Rossini Beef tenderloin and pure with black truffles, ending up with a dessert of coconut and passion fruit adorned with a tiara.
The excellent wines were from the cellars of Borgo La Caccia in the Lake Garda region of Italy.
In the name of culture and sophistication
The Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses becomes the third in a series of successful spectacular high-flying social gatherings created by Delia Grace Noble – The Grand Masked Ball of Venice in Monte-Carlo in 2017 followed by its second edition in 2018, and the Venice Masked Ball at the historic Cipriani Hotel that opened the 75th Film Festival in Venice in August 2018.
These magnificent events are part of a social and cultural exchange between Monaco and Venice, and counts with the continuous support of the Mayor Georges Marsan, and the Tourism Office of the Principality. (Photo below: Mayor Georges Marsan and his wife with Delia Grace Noble and Alessandra Mussoni@Noble Monte-Carlo)
Delia Grace Noble would like to express her heartfelt gratitude to sponsors and partners who contributed to the success of the Ball.
See you at the Ball next year!
Like all fairy tales the Ball came to an end, but hopefully we will revive the dream again next year during the second edition of The Grand Ball of Princes & Princesses!
“My father had a very simple view on life: you don’t get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned, through work, persistence and honesty.”Grace Kelly