Update: HSH Prince Albert to Attend Oscars
Even before the “Fairytale Weekend” ended festivities for a stunning “Cinderella” ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, there was talk of a real prince and princess coming to California.
Presented by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, “under the high patronage of H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover,” a.k.a. Princess Caroline of Monaco, this unique production of Cinderella was indeed magical. And while no royal highnesses ventured to California for the ballet, conversations at the Feb. 12 Farewell Brunch soon turned to the forthcoming trip to Los Angeles by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and his new bride, Princess Charlene, to attend the Academy Awards.
In other words, this year there will be genuine royalty, in addition to Hollywood royalty, at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 26.
This will be a first-time visit to the Academy Awards for the royal family of Monaco. Although Prince Albert’s late mother, the former Grace Kelly, won an Oscar in 1954 for “The Country Girl” and was nominated for “Mogambo” in 1953, it is believed she did not attend Academy Awards ceremonies after her 1956 marriage to Prince Rainer of Monaco.
So what’s the Hollywood connection?
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the environment, and Disneynature signed an agreement in 2010 to help raise public awareness through films and documentaries on the natural world. Disneynature, an independent film label of The Walt Disney Company, premiered the French version of its film, “African Cats” at October’s FPA2 Awards. Disneynature also premiered “Hidden Beauty” about the world of bees at the FPA2 Awards in Shanghai.
Here’s the update for all those speculating as to “if” or “why” H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene will be coming to the Oscars: According to representatives of Monaco at Sunday’s Farewell Brunch for the “Cinderella” ballet, the royal couple will be the guests of Robert Iger, president and chief executive of Disney, and his wife Willow Bay, at the Academy Awards ceremonies.
There’s no word yet on Princess Charlene‘s Oscar gown, but she wore Giorgio Armani Prive at her July wedding, Christian Dior for the Princess Grace Awards in November and Akris – reported to be her special favorite – to the marriage celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
No doubt the appearance will create a stir. I’m certain of that, because I had the privilege of attending a private party with Prince Albert at Cartier in 2009. His Serene Highness had come to represent Princess Grace when the City of Beverly Hills honored her memory with a plaque on Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style. Despite all the Hollywood stars present at the ceremony, it was the Prince who drew the crowd’s attention.
Regarding Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s celebration of the Cinderella ballet in Costa Mesa on Feb. 11, the evening consisted of a Monegasque dinner – combining Mediterranean, French and Italian influences – and a post-performance cast party beside the pool at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The next day’s activities featured a matinee performance and a 3-course Farewell Brunch at Pinot Provence, also at the Westin South Coast Plaza.
Among those representing Monaco were Maguy Maccario, Consul General of Monaco in New York; the Consulate’s public affairs officer Elle Berdy; tour manager Didier Labelet; and Cinderella choreographer and artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot.
Benefit proceeds for the Cinderella Fairytale Weekend went to the Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Princess Grace Foundation USA.
The Princes Grace Foundation USA is dedicated to assisting emerging talents in theater, dance and film by granting scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.
Top photo, the wedding photograph of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene. Although not at the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in Costa Mesa last week, the royal couple will be attending the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Feb. 26. (photo credit: Patrick Demarchelier/ courtesy of the Consulate General of Monaco)
Center photo, from left: Cinderella choreographer and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot; Consul General Maguy Maccario; Cinderella dancer Anya Behrend; and SCFTA president Terry Dwyer. (photo credit: Doug Gifford/ Consulate General of Monaco)
Bottom photo, Maguy Maccario, left, and Jean-Christophe Mailot, center, and the dancers of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Cinderella beside the ballet exhibition at South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court (photo credit: Doug Gifford/ Consulate General of Monaco)
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Published Feb. 15, 2012; updated Feb. 17, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA