Since 1948 the Monaco Red Cross Ball was founded and since then it has become the world’s most prestigious charity event. Friday July 28th, the tradition will continue at the 69th annual ball. The evening will begin with a lavish meal before the ball officially commences. Prince Albert II presides over the event which takes place at the Salle des Etoiles of the Monte Carlo Sporting Club. It is one of the summer’s most exclusive events and the 900 person guest list is peppered with the names of famous celebrities and very influential individuals.
The star power is not limited to the guest list. A major component of the ball is the concert, at which the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Whitney Houston and more recently, Lana Del Rey have performed. A raffle draw for opulent prizes and a grand firework display finish off the night. At the heart of the gala is the mission of the Red Cross and the work that it does to make the world a safer and healthier place for those in need. With this type of altruism to back it, the splendid affair of the Monaco Red Cross Ball seems all the more fairy-tale-like.
Photos courtesy of Red Cross’ online photo gallery from 2016’s event.