Le Bal de la Rose (The Rose Ball) was established in 1954 to launch the party season in the Principality of Monaco. By 1957, Princess Grace had given an international dimension to this event, assisted particularly by famous decorator and theatre costume designer André Levasseur, who had worked in Monaco on the “Royal “Wedding of the Century”. Princess Grace had the idea of a theme, connecting the event each year with a type of Rose, a Show and a Country and then mirroring this theme in the decor, colours and symbols.
When the Princess Grace Foundation was created in 1964, the Princess decided to also make Le Bal de la Rose a charity event, of which the profits would be donated to the Foundation bearing Her name.
Hosted at the Salle des Etoiles by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, this spring-season opening spectacular has become a not-to-be-missed event over the years.
Since 1983, appointed by Prince Rainier III, H.R.H., the Princess of Hanover has presided over the Princess Grace Foundation and Le Bal de la Rose. Under Her leadership, the Foundation has developed in new sectors. In 1994, with the idea of giving it a new, more contemporary spirit, the Princess of Hanover asked Françoise Dumas and Anne Roustang, in collaboration with François Marcadé, to work closely with her.
Le Bal de la Rose has also been marked by famous designer Karl Lagerfeld, a friend of H.R.H the Princess of Hanover and a friend of Monaco, who was always loyal to the event and often responsible for the artistic direction contributing his hand designed illustrations on the invitations. Karl Lagerfeld’s first intervention was to celebrate the jubilee of Prince Rainier III in 1999. Other notable editions were in 2013, for Le Bal de la Rose du Rocher, the 150th anniversary of SBM, and the following 5 editions.
A few figures from the Le Bal de la Rose 2017 edition are sufficient to demonstrate the extent of the means used to enchant the guests and generous donors of this exceptional evening.
– 750 sqm of printed sheeting
– 150 sqm of printed and cut-out decorative elements
– 2,880 linear meters of wood
– 45 illustrations
– 1,000 linear metres of striped fabric for the tablecloths
– 900 white Napoleon III chairs
– 1,000 white tea light holders to light up the tables
– 600 containers and 150 small Medicis vases
– 14,000 flowers
– 800 printed cut-outs for table centres
– 65 artists, musicians and dancers
– over 150 costumes
Each year, Le Bal de la Rose is a unique creation, a much-coveted celebration of generosity, glamour and elegance. It is also a milestone on the yearly calendar for caritative events in Europe and as such is frequented, every year, by countless prominent personalities, artists, corporate moguls and celebrities from the world around.
It is, however, open to the public.
Contact: +377 98 06 63 41
Dress code: Black tie – evening gown
Price per person: 800 euros
The Princess Grace Foundation
Founded in 1964 by Princess Grace of Monaco, the Foundation annually contributes considerable help to humanitarian projects which benefit children and helps students through cultural projects. On the death of Princess Grace in 1982, Prince Rainier III conferred the Presidency of the Foundation on H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover.
Le Bal de la Rose, which takes place every spring, is the main financial resource for the Foundation, as well as donations. 100% of the donations are dedicated to humanitarian work which benefit children.
Find out more about the Foundation here.
La Fondation Princesse Grace de la Principauté de Monaco
Address: 9, rue Princesse Marie de Lorraine – B.P. 520, MC 98015 Monaco cedex
Contact: +377 97 70 86 86