Charlene of Monaco Goes Princessing In France

Once upon a time (I know), Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco was kind of tragic.  First there was that story about her attempting to flee the country a few days before her wedding.  Then she looked kind of pathetic at every function she attended.

However, in the last six months or so, Charlene has thawed out and grown into her role as Princess of Monaco.  Sure, she and Prince Albert are rarely seen at an event together, but last night, I’m not sure anyone cared.

Charlene stepped out of a waiting car outside Les Beaux-Arts de Paris in the French capital last night for Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2013 collection and private dinner.  Her lithe body was encased in the most gorgeous purple gown, custom-made for her by the American designer.

No slouchy shoulders, no deer-in-the-headlights look about her.  Charlene was a Princess in her own right last evening.