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Warm greetings and broad smiles were the order of the evening when European royalty joined with African near-royalty in Monaco to raise funds for various charities.

Members of Monaco's ruling family graciously welcomed internationally cherished elder statesman Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel, at the United for a Better World benefit (Sept 02, 2007). The Grimaldi clan included sovereign Prince Albert II and his elder sister Princess Caroline, both of whom had previously met Mandela, South Africa's former president. Also present were the princess' husband, Prince Ernst of Hanover, and daughter Charlotte Casiraghi.

The international gathering brought together singers Bono, Julian Lennon and Dame Shirley Bassey, Jordan's Queen Noor, actor Norman Freeman and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Petra Nemcova. The 3,500-euro dinner was held to raise funds for Amade, an international children's charity with Princess Caroline as its president, as well as for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.  
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The warmth between the family and the former first couple was palpable as Prince Ernst (left) greeted Mrs Machel; Princess Caroline looked on as Prince Albert welcomed Nelson Mandela
(From left to right) Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, Nelson Mandela, and his wife Graça Machel
(From left to right) Charlotte Casiraghi, Prince Ernst, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and South Africa's 2000 Sydney Olympics swimmer Charlene Wittstock
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(Left) Irish singer Bono, in his signature eyewear, showed up for the evening event with Queen Noor of Jordan and singer Julian Lennon; (right) supermodel Naomi Campbell
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Dame Shirley Bassey's effervescence added sparkle to the evening, while Academy award winning US actor Morgan Freeman, accompanied by his wife Myrna, put in a stately appearance
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(Left) Supermodel Petra Nemcova had the glow of a mother-to-be; (top) present for the event was Amade secretary general Francis Kasasa (with Barbara Van Duüren-Kasasa), who is also from South Africa and acts as Monaco's consul in his country


Comments to date: 7. Page 1 of 1.

Saydee Bellea,  Warren,Michigan

Posted at 2:12pm on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

God bless Nelson Mandela

Lucy Combs,  Houston, Texas

Posted at 4:01pm on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Prince Albert is a very good leader. Today is my first time on your website. I'm a school teacher searching the web for new ideals.

Calinda,  Australia

Posted at 11:04pm on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Oh Caroline, why did you choose to wear a leopard print dress to welcome the Mandelas?? Do you think leopard print somehow represents Africa and pays homage to it? It's so cliche!

Brenda M,  Nice, France

Posted at 3:30am on Thursday, September 13th, 2007

This is so funny. In the third picture, Princess Caroline looks like a leopard getting ready to spring into the air.

Madeline,  London, England

Posted at 4:03am on Monday, September 10th, 2007

Stacey in Toronto, Madiba HAS royal blood, but people brainwashed by Eurocentricity would dismiss it. He was born into a junior branch of the royal family of Tembuland, which was an independent kingdom before the British colonists came along. When his father died, Mandela was adopted and raised by t... read more »

Jenny,  Bahamas

Posted at 3:49pm on Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Hmmm, the way Naomi seemed intent on exposing herself she might as well have not bothered with the pretense of wearing a silver dress.

Stacey,  TO, Canada

Posted at 4:59am on Sunday, September 9th, 2007

The Mandelas are very respectable people who served two African countries with dignity. And they do look dignified here. But what do you guys mean by "near-royalty"? Never heard the term before.


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