I love art and I think the Versailles Palace in France falls in this category. The Versailles Foundation Fundraiser Gala, held once a year centered around a Royal Personage, is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and preserves important historical monuments in France such as the Claude Monet Museum at Giverny and The Chateau De Versailles. I have been a supporter of their mission for quite some time now and adore what they have done so far keeping the palace and museum “alive” in France. Thanks to them, tourists visiting the grand opulent palace once home to the larger-than-life Marie-Antoinette, have something to marvel at during their visits.
In the past, I have had the opportunity to meet the likes of Queen Noor of Jordan, Princess Michael of Kent, King Simeon II Saxe-Coburg and Gotha of Bulgaria, to name a few at this annual gala. This year, I had the pleasure of meeting HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex for the second time (the first was a few years ago pictured farther below. He’s the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II). The Prince gave a lovely speech on Henry VIII with it a different spin that makes one forget they have heard the story before. Had he not been a Royal he would have given the likes of Comedian Billy Crystal a run for their money. He has an uncanny sense of humor and an unmatchable wit. His aides (handlers) were equally friendly and very approachable. I only wish I could say the same for American aides who guard our so called celebrities on this side of the pond. I don’t remember the last time I had this much fun at a charity gala. I had the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
I wore a dress by Ralph Lauren, filigree gold leather clutch by Kippys, shoes by Dior and jewelry by Chanel and vintage Ciner.