Princess Charlene of Monaco debuted a new look as she stepped out today for the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix alongside other members of the Royal Family.
The former Olympic swimmer, 45, showed off a new hair do as she attended the annual motoring event, which is held on the Circuit de Monaco, with her husband Prince Albert.
In a bold move away from her trademark platinum crop, Charlene sported rich, shining dark auburn hair, still in her signature elfin short style.
The royal, who appeared deep in thought as she was photographed standing next to her husband, paired the dramatic new ‘do with a chic maxi dress in a full-length classic shift-style cut, featuring rainbow coloured stripes down the front.
Her locks were simply styled into a side parting, to show off her simple diamond studs, and her elegant make-up look comprising a fresh base and light brown smokey eyes.
Princess Charlene of Monaco (pictured, left) debuted a stunning new look at the Monaco Grand Prix today, after dying her trademark platinum locks a rich brunette shade (pictured with her husband Prince Albert)
Meanwhile, Prince Albert was also smart, donning slacks with a classic blazer, crisp shirt and tie.
Also at the Grand Prix was Grace Kelly’s granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi, 36, accompanied by her husband, Dimitri Rassam, and her son Raphaël, eight.
Meanwhile, Grace Kelly’s grandson, Louis Ducruet, 30, was also in attendance with his wife, Marie Chevallier, also 30.
Pierre Casiraghi, 35, and his wife, Beatrice Borromeo, 37, also attended, alongside Andrea Casiraghi, 38, and his Tatiana Santo Domingo, 39. The pair were picture with their son, Maximilian and daughter India.
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert’s outing today followed a public appearance together earlier this month, when they attended a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by King Charles on the eve of his coronation, before attending the Westminster Abbey ceremony itself.
Their London appearance followed the couple stepping out in public in April with their children for the first time since the palace was forced to deny rumours the couple’s marriage was on the rocks.
The family looked picture-perfect as Charlene put her arm around eight-year-old Prince Jacques and placed her other hand on Princess Gabriella’s shoulders as they went to a match as part of the Sainte Devote Rugby Tournament.
The sweet family appearance came weeks after a French publication reported Princess Charlene and Prince Albert were in the process of a divorce – something the palace has strenuously denied.
Deep in thought: The 45-year-old appeared somewhat pensive as she was snapped alongside her husband (pictured L-R: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert)
Maximilian Casiraghi, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Sacha Casiraghi, Raphael Elmaleh, India Casiraghi , Andrea Casiraghi, Dimitri Rassam and Charlotte Casiraghi, pictured left to right, attending the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco
After ROYAUTÉ reported their 12-year marriage was coming to an end, a spokesman said the couple ‘formally deny the malicious rumours peddled by the magazine’.
In recent weeks the couple have put on a united front at events around the principality, including a memorial mass service for Prince Albert’s late father, Prince Rainier, earlier this month.
However, Princess Charlene fuelled rumours her marriage was on the rocks when she was spotted on a solo trip to Milan last month without wearing her wedding ring.
She later returned to Monaco and attended an awards ceremony alongside her husband, and was once again wearing the ring.
However, later that day, the couple made a joint appearance at the Monte Carlo Woman of the Year awards, where Charlene appeared to be wearing her wedding ring – pouring cold water on the split rumours.
The plot seemed to thicken at the next royal engagement, when Prince Albert attended the Rose Ball in Monaco without his wife present.
Last month, Albert revealed Charlene is ‘excited and happy’ about the royal project to restore the palace amid the rumours.
The royal claimed his wife ‘shares the joy’ of the eight-year-long project in which Italian renaissance frescoes within the palace were brought back to life after other royals had covered them over with paint.
Speaking to Hello! magazine from the palace as the restored works were unveiled, Prince Albert suggested his wife was enthusiastic about the project.
When asked about his South African-born wife, he said: ‘Princess Charlene was excited and happy that we were able to carry out this work.
‘Last year, she was showing some of her guests the state apartments and really enjoyed showing them the frescoes.’
‘It shows how much she cares about the project and her desire to share the family’s joy regarding these beautiful works.’
Elsewhere in his interview, Prince Albert referred to his late mother, Hollywood star Grace Kelly, who first began to decorate the palace when she moved to Monaco following her marriage to Prince Rainier.
Describing his mother as a woman with ‘assured taste’, he said he believed his parents were watching over him and his family and that they would ‘encourage us to continue on this path’.
Grace Kelly’s grandson, Louis Ducruet, 30, was also in attendance, and opted to wear a smart navy suit with a white shirt and a sapphire blue patterned tie. He was there with his wife, Marie Chevallier (both pictured)
Charlotte Casiraghi, 36, was pictured wearing a stylish halterneck chequered racing flag dress for the occasion. Pictured, with husband Dimitri Rassam
Charlotte was snapped intently watching the Ferrari pit crew do a pit stop right in front of her as she donned a dress in their signature colour – red
Charlotte looked effortlessly stunning, pairing red lipstick and a pair of sunglasses with her racing flag dress
Beatrice wore a classy ivory maxi gown with a Christian Dior red patterned bag. Pictured: Pierre and Beatrice
Dimitri Rassam, went for a more casual chic look, wearing blue reflective sunglasses, a white shirt and a grey blazer. Pictured (L-R) Dimitri, Sacha, Raphaël and Charlotte
Tatiana and Andrea are pictured with their children Maximilian Casiraghi and India Casiraghi
Andrea Casiraghi, right, and his wife Beatrice Borromeo hold hands as they stand near the track
Dimitri Rassam, Charlotte Casiraghi, Sacha Casiraghi and Raphaël attend the Monaco Grand Prix
The pair’s relationship timeline has hardly been smooth sailing; rumours about the state of their marriage began to swirl after Charlene was absent from Monaco for most of 2021 while having medical treatment in her native South Africa.
The mother-of-two was admitted to a Swiss clinic to be treated for exhaustion on her return – but is now back in full swing with royal duties and public appearances.
Charlene and Albert married in July 2011 after the prince proposed with a handcrafted pear-cut diamond flanked by smaller diamonds designed by Paris-based Italian jeweller Repossi.
Later, during the wedding service, the couple exchanged 18-carat white gold platinum rings by Cartier, with Charlene laughing as she placed the ring on her husband’s finger.
At the time of the wedding, Charlene was dubbed the ‘Runaway Bride’ by the French media after allegedly trying to flee before the ceremony, but the reports were always denied.
A tumultous two years for Princess Charlene that saw her spend 10 months in South Africa away from her children, admitted to a treatment facility in Switzerland and strike a rumoured £10million a year deal with Albert
2021: HEALTH ISSUES, 10 MONTHS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ADMISSION TO A SWISS TREATMENT FACILITY
January 27 – Charlene is pictured with Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco.
March 18 – Charlene is pictured at the memorial for the late Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, South Africa
April 2 – Charlene posts an Instagram picture of herself, Albert and their twins Jacques and Gabriella for Easter from an unknown location
May 8 – Albert, Jacques and Gabriella attend a Grand Prix event in Monaco without Charlene
May 18 – Charlene shares her first picture from her conservation trip in South Africa
June 3 – New photos emerge of Charlene on her conservation trip
June 5 – Charlene puts on a united front as she shares a photo with her family to mark her niece’s fifth birthday with her brother’s family, Albert and the twins in South Africa
June 24 – Charlene’s foundation releases a statement saying she is unable to travel and is undergoing procedures for an ear, nose and throat infection
July 2 – Charlene and Albert mark their 10th anniversary separately. ‘This year will be the first time that I’m not with my husband on our anniversary in July, which is difficult, and it saddens me,’ she said in a statement
August 13 – Charlene undergoes a four-hour operation. The reason is not announced
August 25 – Charlene shares photos of Albert, Gabriella and Jacques visiting her in South Africa
September 1 – Charlene is admitted under an alias to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital after suddenly ‘collapsing’
September 2 – Charlene is discharged, with a statement from the Palais Princier reading: ‘Her Highness is closely monitored by Her medical team who said that Her condition was not worrying’
September 30 – Charlene releases a stylish video promoting her anti-poaching campaign from her South African bolthole
October 3 – Charlene shares a photograph of herself smiling in front of a Bible in her first snap since being discharged from hospital following her health scare
October 6 – Albert tells RMC radio Charlene is ‘ready to come home’
October 8 – Princess undergoes more surgery in South Africa
November 8 – Charlene arrives back in Monaco. Prince Albert said within hours it became clear she was ‘unwell’
November 13 – Albert attends Expo 2020 in Dubai without Charlene. Following his return from the trip, Albert holds an intervention with Charlene’s brothers and a sister-in-law in which Charlene ‘confirmed’ she would seek ‘real medically framed treatment’ outside of Monaco
November 16 – Royal household confirms Charlene will not attend National Day celebrations on November 19
November 17 – Albert reveals Charlene has left Monaco and is recovering in a secret location
November 19 – Albert reveals Charlene is in a treatment facility ‘elsewhere in Europe’ after a family intervention
November 25 – Sources tell Page Six Charlene ‘almost died’ after sinus surgery and ‘lost nearly half her body weight’ due to being ‘unable to swallow’. They also said it was ‘unfair’ to portray her as struggling with mental health issues
December 11 – Royal breaks her silence on Instagram to wish her twins Jacques and Gabriella a happy seventh birthday
December 24 – Charlene is still ‘months from recovery’ but will reunite with Albert and their twins Jacques and Gabriella for Christmas at treatment centre
2022: ROAD TO RECOVERY
January 25 – Charlene celebrates her 44th birthday alone. Royal shares slideshow of snaps from happier times featuring Albert, their children and her swimming career as she continues to receive treatment outside of Monaco
March 14 – Palace announces that Charlene is back in Monaco but will take time to ‘further strengthen her health before gradually resuming her official duties’
April 17 – Charlene is pictured for the first time in a family portrait to celebrate Easter
April 30 – Charlene makes her first public appearance since leaving a treatment facility as she attends Monaco E-Prix with Prince Albert
May 7 – The royal makes her second public appearance at the Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament
May 10 – French media claims Albert has agreed to pay his wife £10million a year to make sure she fulfils her consort role
May 25 – Charlene continues her return to public life at Monte Carlo Fashion Awards with daughter Gabriella
May 28 – Charlene continues her return to public life as she joins Prince Albert at the F1 in Monaco for the first time since 2019
June 6 – Albert says he was hurt by the ‘vicious’ rumours about his wife’s absence from Monaco and his family ‘missed the princess a lot’
June 16 – Charlene appears sombre in all-black ensemble for Catholic festival
June 18 – Charlene of Monaco looks glamorous in all-green ensemble as she steps out with Prince Albert for the Monte Carlo TV Festival opening ceremony
June 23 – Albert and Charlene attend a science exhibition opening with their children in Oslo – her first overseas visit since returning to public duties
July 4 – Albert and Charlene hold hands in new portrait to mark 11 years of marriage
July 5 – Charlene visits the Princess Grace Hospital Centre in her first solo engagement since her return to Monaco
July 9 – Albert attends Monaco’s Rose Ball without his wife, despite it being the highlight of the social calendar
July 18 – Charlene joins Albert at the 73rd Red Cross Gala in Monte Carlo
July 20 – Couple visit The Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francis
September 4 – Charlene joins Albert and their children Gabriella and Jacques for a rare family appearance at traditional picnic in Monaco
September 6 – Charlene and Albert take their twins Jacques and Gabriella, 7, to class for their first day back after the summer holiday
September 12 – Couple attend a memorial service for the late Queen Elizabeth II
September 19 – Charlene attends the Queen’s funeral in London alongside Albert
October 4-5 – Charlene wows on a solo surprise visit to Paris Fashion Week
October 21 – Charlene makes emotional solo visit to an animal shelter as she sends ‘all her love’ to fans following her return to royal duties
November 8 – Couple attend the annual Princess Grace Awards in New York
November 16 – Charlene attends Monaco’s Red Cross Christmas gift distribution with Albert
November 19-20 – Charlene attends Monaco National Day celebrations with Albert and presents awards at 2022 World Rugby Awards ceremony
December 2 – Charlene takes her seven-year-old twins to Monaco Christmas village along with her model niece Charlotte Casiraghi
December 13 – Couple attends Monaco’s Red Cross Christmas gift distribution with her husband Prince Albert
December 14 – Family attend Christmas tree ceremony in Monaco
December 15 – Charlene reveals she feels ‘much better’ and has ‘much more energy’ after lengthy health crisis in an interview with Monaco Matin – the first since returning to royal duties
December 21 – Family releases a stylish family Christmas card
December 23 – ‘Proud’ Albert praises Charlene for ‘turning it around in an incredible way’ after lengthy health crisis, saying she had a ‘very tough year’