Busy week for Princess Charlene that hadn’t been seen for over a month. On the 28th, the princess was awarded the honorific distinction of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Italy in a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Monaco.

Charlene received the decoration in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco from the hands of the Italian Ambassador to Monaco as a reward for her “worldwide humanitarian and philanthropic action and initiatives for the protection of children and the values of Sport and Her strong attachment to Italy”.

You might remember that the princely couple visited Italy in 2012 where they attended the Ballo del Giglio (one of only 2 times when Char wore Gucci).

For the ceremony, the princess chose a sleeveless two-tone Dior dress. This has to be the best maternity dress ever. The line of the blue overlay makes a brilliant camouflage and almost totally hides the bump (which got some of you wondering). Dior hasn’t confirmed whether the dress is custom made or not, so I’m not exactly sure if it’s “technically” a maternity dress. Anyways, Char paired it with her pearl stud earrings.

Yesterday, Charlene de Monaco was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage at the Princely Palace. Charlene’s ancestor, the Fagans of Feltrim were one of the most financially successful gentlemen-merchant families in Ireland during the 16th century. You can know more about Char’s generous ancestors (they built a university) HERE.

was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage – See more at: http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/princess-charlene-of-monacos-irish-ancestry-revealed-30471760.html#sthash.t6arpCTZ.dpuf

To receive her certificate, Charlene rolled out of bed, put on what looks like a custom Akris (I’m yet to get that confirmed), tucked her hair away from her face and smiled the largest smile a tired, pregnant lady can smile. You can click on the photo for a larger view of the brilliant seams of the dress. Charlene’s choice of shoes for both events isn’t known but maybe she ditched her heels already!

What do you think of Charlene’s maternity style so far?
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Photos: Palais Princier de Monaco.