Princess Charlene's maids of honor

The marriage of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock – July 2, 2011


Seven girls, of around seven years of age, were selected as maids of honor for the royal wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock.

One of them is from Monaco and the six others are from the neighboring communes.

Monaco: Laura Le Maux-Gramaglia
Beausoleil: Charlène Morreale
Cap d'Ail: Anaïs Cuvelliez
La Turbie: Stella Roulot
Peille: Léa Barelli
Roquebrune Cap Martin: Elina Marty
Menton: Chloé Mine

monaco_maidsCreation of the maid of honor outfits by the costume workshops of the Ballets de Monte Carlo

In April 2011, H.R.H. the Princess Caroline of Hanover asked Jean-Christophe Maillot, the director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, to create the outfits to be worn by the seven maids of honor of the Royal wedding.

The Ballets de Monte-Carlo are unique throughout the world with a structure bringing together the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Monaco Dance Forum and the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace. The know-how of their costume workshop is visible in Monaco and beyond, through the shows organized by the Company during their tours all around the world. In recognition of the quality of the outfits that they create, the workshop of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo had the honor of creating the gala outfit of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover in 2009 during the closing ceremony of the Centenary of the Ballets Russes.

Based on traditional Monagesque outfits

For the Royal wedding, H.R.H. the Princess wanted to use traditional Monegasque outfits as a starting point. Jean-Michel Lainé, the director of the costume workshop in charge of this task, undertook some in-depth historical research to learn about the smallest intricacies of the traditional flower girl costume of the region.

The study of numerous documents revealed that the original version of this garment dated from the 18th century, before constantly evolving until today. In consultation with H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, Jean-Michel Lainé created a first prototype. The decision was made to go back to the original versions of this outfit, considered more modern than the later versions. For the Royal wedding, it was enhanced with the use of precious fabrics and brightened up with lighter tones. Each outfit will have required over 120 work hours to create.

Description of the outfit:

- Silk stockings embroidered with the royal couple's monogram.
- Pants edged with broderie anglaise.
- Ivory petticoat in silk reps with organ pleats and antique broderie anglaise frill.
- Off-white silk taffeta bodice with embroidered front panel and black lacing.
- Short silk voile sleeves, edged with cream lace.
- Striped red and cream silk taffeta skirt with barrel pleats, decorated with three black velvet ribbons.
- Dotted Swiss scarf and embroidered white cotton apron.
- On every apron, beneath the royal couple's monogram, the name of the Principality of Monaco or the town from where certain maids of honor originate is embroidered.
- Cream fingerless lace gloves.
- Broad brimmed straw hat adorned with cream mimosa, lined with silk toile.
- Black shoes with velvet ribbon.
- Black velvet neck ribbons decorated with a cross in Provencal gold. The crosses have been donated to the maids of honor by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. 


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