Royal Watch: Princess Charlene in Christian Dior

Posted on November 02, 2011

We so rarely take the time to check in on Princess Charlene. It seems like Cathy is sucking all the Princess oxygen out of the room all the time. We bet Charlene thinks she’s a bitch.

Anyway, rare are the pictures of these two together where they don’t look tense and stressed out, so let’s highlight the happy couple while they’re actually looking happy. Sort of.

 

Princess Charlene of Monaco in Christian DiorT.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend Princess Grace Awards Gala in New York City. Princess Charlene wears a Christian Dior gown.

Princess Charlene of Monaco in Christian DiorChristian Dior Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Sigrid Agren (ELITE)

Princess Charlene of Monaco in Christian Dior

You’d never see any of those stuffy Windsors in something like this, now would you? Not that it’s showy, just that it’s showy for a princess. If an actress wore this on the red carpet (and hey, one of them did) we’d probably ding it for being a little on the boring or fussy side (and hey, we kind of did), but considering the limitations put on your average princess. this looks pretty chic and stylish. Then again, we’re talking about a princess who wore an Armani Prive for her wedding day. We think the shape of this dress suits her to a T, and her hair looks soft and pretty, if a little lopsided. He looks fine. The tux fits him well. That’s quite the strained smile he’s sporting, though. And check out how tightly their hands are clasped. They get big points for style, but huge deductions for bad body language. Their hands look like they hurt.

[Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for MONTBLANC, elle.com]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

    Oh dear.  This man is actually Grace Kelly’s son.  Well, he was handsome when he was younger.  He certainly didn’t age well.  At least he doesn’t look like he works at Denny’s. 
    She looks like she lost a lot of weight.  But she’s so pretty. 

    • Anonymous

      well, it appears all of Grace Kelly’s beauty went to her daughters :-) 

      • Anonymous

        true, but have you seen Stephanie lately? the years have not been kind…..

        • Anonymous

          that’s all those years of hard partying catching up with her.

        • Anonymous

          Stephanie looks so used up!  Sad, sad, sad.

          He’s holding her hand tightly so she can’t run away.

          • Anonymous

            very sad, the proverbial rode hard and put away wet, she easily looks 10 years older than she is…too much sun, cigs and booze me thinks….

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZR5YX5D6MI4BMV2TUMQJZ4K364 Jo

          To many late nights and smoking!

  • Sobaika Mirza

    The dress is fabulous, they both look great.

    I really feel for her and want to give her a hug.

  • MilaXX

    She looks like a hostage being paraded in front of the press to prove she is fine. He is so incredibly off putting to me I can’t imagine the horrors of having to bump uglies with him.

    • Anonymous

      Hahaaaa! Thanks for the mental image. I gotta go bleach my brain now.

    • Anonymous

      bump uglies!  i’m putting that in my vocabulary pronto.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely dress; she looks pretty. He looks like he’s about to say, “May I show you to your table?”

  • Anonymous

    Love her hair.

    He got his money/title’s worth.

     I do hope they’re happier than we’re all thinking they are.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, a rare example of the dress looking BETTER on the celebrity than it did on the model. Work it, Charlene!

    Hands? Maybe one or both of them were nervous.

  • Anonymous

    Dying to know if she wore the open back like Cotillard.

  • Anonymous

    Hang on tight there, Albert.  You took her out in public and she could bolt in an instant!  (Run Charlene!)

    She looks lovely, and I love the dress – but then I liked it on Marion as well.

    Strangely, I seem to be on a first name basis with everyone today.

  • Anonymous

    watched them on the today show. kinda sweet really.  softly pretty she is.

  • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

    So pretty! And I love that her nails are painted grey, I think that’s also a little risky for a princess. Cathy’s are always a nude shade. (I may be biased because I have a polish that color that I adore.)

    • Anonymous

      Liked the nail color too.  And you don’t see many princesses going that route, so good for her!

    • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

      I love how people on this site catch all the minute details in these posts. I missed the nail color (which I also love). Thanks for pointing it out.

    • Anonymous

      Just saw a Sephora ad that showed two shaded of grey OPI polish for the holidays.I never would have paid attention if you hadn’t said something. Now I’m jonseing for a new nail color!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Her smile is not exactly selling it either.  The dress looks great on her.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    It looks like she’s got the right size, unlike Marion Cotillard. She looks great! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

    He definitely has a rod rammed up his woo-woo.

  • Anonymous

    Eh, after seeing this dress twice now on the r.c., I’ve determined that I don’t like it on women with boobs.  I think the neckline + a rack = matronly. 

    I love Charlene’s swimmer’s guns, though!

  • Anonymous

    Very pretty and appropriate. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, take notes!

    • Anonymous

      Amen to both!

  • Anonymous

    He looks so much like his mother.  She’s a pretty thing.  The dress on the model reminded me of Viktor’s looks, except I liked his better.  I’ll bet that in person Princess and dress looked gasp-worthy.

    • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

      I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed it’s just like Victor’s ‘surprise trip to Mood’ dress.  (on the model anyway)

  • Anonymous

     I’m wondering why, if the peplum was removed or revised, whoever did that didn’t also kill the wee pocket flaps. They look positively appendix-like just hanging there. 
    He looks like a copier repair guy. 

  • Anonymous

    The dress looks better on Charlene than it did on Marion.  It’s a combination of the hair, the attitude, and not being quite so busty.

    As for Albert, I’m just glad he’s not wearing tails.  They have a way of making shortish/roundish men look even shorter/rounder.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe there’s just not comfortable doing the red carpet thing. Most people aren’t. Or wouldn’t be if they had to. They look lovely.

  • Anonymous

    “Princess Charlene” just doesn’t work for me. What’s next—King Jayden?   

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stop looking at her tricep dimple!

  • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

    Sheesh. Its like his hand is the only thing thats keeping her from running for the hills.
    I think she looks gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    She is really a beautiful woman.  This dress makes her upper body look huge.  I bet if she squeezes just a little harder she can snap every bone in his hand.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t often say this, but she looks LITERALLY 10 years younger in these photos than she does in the wedding day photos.

  • Sara__B

    Such a gorgeous woman! (I’m imagining all sorts of scenarios to explain the scary-tight hand holding and the far-away look in her eyes, and none of them are good…)

  • Anonymous

    And the poor girl looks terrified and sad in those pictures. It’s like he said, “Do as your told or I’ll lock you in the closet when we get home to the palace.”

    They almost make Kim Kardashian and what’s-his-name’s marriage look more real.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I love this dress, and I loved it when Marion Cotillard wore it, too.

    Wasn’t she the one who found out about infidelities the day before her wedding and had to be kidnapped from the airport and bribed to get her to go through with it?

    • Anonymous

      nothing really got out but it was something like that, yes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

        I just looked them up online to “research” the rumor. He is 53 and she is 33. Oy.. The tabs say they are already living apart.

    • Pennymac

      I’d heard that too. Even though it’s just a rumor, it certainly colors my perception of the look in her eyes and that painful hand clasp.

  • Anonymous

    Well, after all the scandals and the rumors, he can certainly not afford to let her out of his grip in fear that she would flee back to South Africa and let him save all by himself his throne from stupid old rules of succession, can he ?

    • Anonymous

      Those rules were already changed. If he doesn’t produce a legitimate heir, the throne goes to either Caroline or her oldest child.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

        Better Albert than that drugged out Andreas then. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        If he’d married any of his baby mamas, would it “legitimize” the kid(s)?

        • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

          No.  That would require a separate change in the law.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            Pfft. Monarchies. *rolls eyes*

  • Anonymous

    It’s almost a shame she went with the lined version of the dress.  She probably has the body to do the sheer/braless/black panties look better than most.  He always looks so dull.  A freind of mine meet him at a LA party in the very early 80′s at a mutual friends house.  he went skinny dipping (with others) late that night.  She claims the royal sceptre left a lot to be desired.  Maybe it was a cold pool…..

    • Anonymous

      I hope she showed whoever has to approve these things for her the original version, just to scare them.

  • Anonymous

    She looks very pretty and the dress looks like it’s fitted to her perfectly. The cardboard cutout standing next to her looks…fine. Looking at this makes my hands hurt. Yeowch.

  • Anonymous

    Why does Marion look so messy in this dress? IDGI

    Love it much more here.

  • Anonymous

    Great googly-moogly, she looks miserable.

  • Anonymous

    She looks gorgeous.  He looks like a Denny’s manager.

  • Anonymous

    I feel so sad for her whenever I see her in pictures. She looks beautiful though.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Free Princess Charlene! She does look great though.

  • Anonymous

    If I had to incubate that man’s sperm, my body language would be pretty damn awful also.

  • http://twitter.com/ForthARipple Allie Hogan

    I think she looks absolutely stunning.  And I think the grey lining makes it look much more chic than the nude one Marion wore with it.  

  • Anonymous

    She looks elegant and chic. He, as usual, looks creepy.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t notice how tightly they were holding hands until you pointed it out. And I was going to comment on how much more relaxed and happy she looked compared to her wedding day…body language says alot. 

  • Anonymous

    she looks a little like uma thurman (sp?) here.  i’d love to see her in the runway version.  now that would be a scandal to put monaco’s royalty back in the news.  he just gives me the creeps.  what does T.S.H. stand for?  all i can think of are gross insults.

    • Anonymous

      Their Serene Highnesses, I believe.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    I like her better in this than in some of those very severe looks she often favors. She looks very pretty – much better on her than Marion.

  • Anonymous

    Much as I love MC I think PC looks far better in this.  The broad shoulders help.  She looks beautiful.  He looks fine, and yes, a bit less stressed-out than usual.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, whenever I look happy, I too stand with my arms rigid at my side. It doesn’t matter what she’s wearing, because inevitably she is unhappy and can’t quite hide it, which eclipses every other discussion.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe I have ever seen a princess bride in more need of rescue by the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    Boy, they hate each other, don’t they?

  • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

    She looks beautiful.  That last picture however, her eyes are saying “I’m dying inside.”

  • Anonymous

    Her shoulders look very stiff and tense too.  

  • Anonymous

    Lovely dress.  The only complaint I have is that I don’t think it’s the most flattering for her broad swimmers shoulders.  But she looks very pretty nevertheless.

    He, on the other hand, always looks like a high school math teacher.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Royal who looks less regal. 

  • Anonymous

    She looks beautiful, better than at the wedding. I love the dress. But I feel bad for her.

  • Anonymous

    When I squeeze your hand, you SMILE!

  • Anonymous

    Her eyes make her look dead inside.   At this point it’s probably unfair to compare her to Cathy but it’s inevitable.  As someone noted in the Duchess thread, Cathy has such a gorgeous, relaxed, spontaneous smile.  She always looks genuine.  Charlene, on the other hand…  So it doesn’t really matter what she’s wearing.  She just always gives off a sad, unhappy vibe.  But she does look good in this dress.

  • Anonymous

    The dress is lovely, but she looks like she hasn’t slept in months.

  • Melvis Velour

    She definitely doesn’t look happy and the body language confirms it – guess those rumors of it being a forced marriage may have a smidge of truth to them…