How This Royal Bride Channeled Grace Kelly During Her Monaco Wedding

Stop the presses: Another royal family member broke tradition, and this time it was on her wedding day.

Charlotte Casiraghi, 11th in line to the throne of Monaco, married her longtime beau over the weekend and took some sartorial liberties along the way.

The 32-year-old daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover (and granddaughter of Grace Kelly, aka the Princess of Monaco) wed film producer Dimitri Rassam at Prince’s Palace this weekend. For the civil ceremony, Casiraghi chose a short, gray lace brocade Saint Laurent frock. Custom designed by Anthony Vaccarello, the dress had a trio of bows down the front and certainly deviated from the traditional white (or ivory) bridal look. In fact, it welcomed comparisons to the champagne lace gown that was worn by Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier during a civil ceremony in 1956.

Casiraghi and Rassam, whose mothers are friends, were engaged in March 2018 after they began dating in 2016. They share a 6-month-old son, Balthazar, who was in attendance at the vows along with Raphaël, Casiraghi's son from a previous marriage.

The bride did a quick costume change for her reception (which included formal dinner and dancing at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel), switching into an ivory strapless Chanel dress with major old Hollywood vibes.

In a sweet nod to Grandma Grace, the modern bride accessorized with the same Cartier diamond tiara necklace that Grace received as a wedding gift. According to People, the necklace consists of three strands of brilliant-and-baguette-cut diamonds in a platinum setting.

See? Sometimes it pays to break from tradition.


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