Sharon Stone led the red carpet glamour on Thursday evening as the south of France played host to the 2021 Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health.
The Hollywood actress, 63, looked stunning in a dramatic lilac gown complete with elaborate train as she greeted guests at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco ahead of this year’s event.
Stone was making an appearance at the event following the tragic death of her young nephew, River, who passed away in August aged 11 months.
High glamour: Sharon Stone led the red carpet glamour on Thursday evening as the south of France played host to the 2021 Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health
The actress added to her look with a smart black leather clutch-bag, while matching strappy heels rounded things off.
Evidently delighted to be in attendance, Stone offered a beaming smile as she made her way into the charity auction, presided over by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The American star was joined by a host of special guests on the night, among them Orlando Bloom, who was making a rare public appearance without fiancée Katy Perry.
The British actor looked dapper in a black tuxedo as he joined Stone, Prince Albert and Caroline, Princess of Hanover for a group photo.
Pretty in purple: Her dramatic gown courted attention from those in attendance
Tragic loss: Sharon’s nephew River died last month after being found in his crib with total organ failure
Pleased: Evidently delighted to be in attendance, Stone offered a beaming smile as she made her way into the charity auction, presided over by Prince Albert II of Monaco
Wow! Sharon’s dress had a long train as she took to the ‘step and repeat’ for some pictures
Elsewhere Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight in an ethereal baby pink gown and matching cape while making her entrance.
Victoria, 47, showcased the dress’ flowy detailing as she posed on the marble floor.
Adding to the elegant look with silver strappy heels, Victoria beamed a wide smile, a hint of pink lipstick on her pout.
The Monte-Carlo Gala is defined as ‘an unique opportunity to act for the Ocean, the Earth and Humanity’.
Say cheese: (L-R) Princess of Hanover Caroline, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Sharon Stone posed together on the red carpet
Main man: Orlando Bloom shook hands with Caroline, Princess of Hanover as he joined them for a photo
Greetings: Sharon waved to onlookers as she made her way into the Royal venue on Wednesday
Don’t mind me: Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight in an ethereal baby pink gown and matching cape while making her entrance
Pictured L-R: Pom Klementieff, Princess of Hanover Caroline, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sharon Stone, Orlando Bloom, Melanie Laurent, Gaspard Ulliel and guests on the red carpet
Sharing a joke: Orlando chatted with Sharon during the photocall
Solo: Bloom was making a rare public appearance without fiancée Katy Perry
Smart: The British actor looked dapper in a black tuxedo
Pretty in pink: Adding to the elegant look with silver strappy heels, Victoria beamed a wide smile, a hint of pink lipstick on her pout
Prince Albert’s wife Princess Charlene remained in abroad as rumours of a rift continue to swirl.
The Olympian, 43, has spent the past several months in South Africa being treated for an ear and throat infection she contracted in May, following a sinus lift and bone graft procedure she’d undergone prior to her arrival in preparation for dental implants.
As a result, the mother-of-two missed her 10 year wedding anniversary and is not expected to return to the principality until October, after undergoing a ‘four-hour operation under general anaesthesia’ in August – although it was not made clear whether this was linked to the sinus infection.
Despite Charlene being admitted to hospital earlier this month after a ‘sudden collapse’ rumours are rife that a rift with Prince Albert, rather than health issues, is what’s keeping her away from Monaco.
No-show: Prince Albert’s wife Princess Charlene remained in abroad as rumours of a rift continue to swirl
On the arm: The father-of-two linked arms with Sharon as they posed together on the white carpet at the prestigious event
The father-of-two walked the red carpet with Sharon Stone and Princess Caroline of Hanover.
Hosted by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the annual event gathers leading philanthropists, talents and scientists to join forces and launch the charity’s initiatives to bridge the widening gap between health and the environment.
The 2021 Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health aims to highlight the idea that our future is dependent on healthy ecosystems.
Hosted by the Prince’s foundation, it has gathered talents, philanthropists, decision makers and scientists to discuss the challenges the planet’s environment faces.
The night is usually auction filled with many collectables, memorabilia and fine art from some of the most high-profile artists across the globe going on sale.
Proceeds will be used to help the Foundation’s initiatives, which includes the development of marine protected areas, protection of threatened marine species, the mitigation of the impact of climate change and acidification on the ocean, as well as the fight against plastic pollution.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was set up in 2006 with the aim to protect the environment and promote sustainable development at a local and global scale.
In blue: Brazilian model Sofia Resing stunned in a semi-sheer shimmering number
Dramatic: Dite Anata posed in a daring black ensemble
It has 10 international branches across the globe, including in France, America, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain and China.
It comes as a friend said Charlene, who hasn’t been seen in Monaco since January, sees herself as a ‘protector of the heirs’ and not a royal.
Speaking to People Magazine, a source close to the former Olympic swimmer said: ‘She sees herself as the protector of the heirs, as opposed to the princess of Monaco’.
The friend added Charlene ‘only felt fully part of the family’ after welcoming the twins which gave her ‘a kind of security’.
‘She’s incredibly involved and protective… in a very loving and providing kind of way, shunning other activities to be with them and making sure that they’re kind of living a semi-normal life,’ they added.
Norwegian model: Frida Aasen looked glam in a cocktail dress
Dutch top model: Cindy Kimberly looked flawless in green
Oh! Shamed British businessman Sir Philip Green and wife Tina Green made an appearance
Meanwhile, Prince Albert has been preparing for his wife’s return home after spending most of 2021 apart.
In a previous interview with People, he said Charlene was ready to come home and has been joking that she wants to clandestinely hop on a ship to make her way to Monaco.
Meanwhile, actress Sharon took to Instagram earlier this month with a poignant message in memory of her late nephew River.
She captioned a shot of a room, ‘The stages of grief,’ sharing an image of a couch in what appeared to be a hotel room with a trio pictures on the wall.
The Academy Award-nominated actress received kind words of support from notable names including Naomi Campbell, Leslie Jordan, Kelly Ripa, singer Michelle Williams and Sheila E.
The latest: Sharon took to Instagram with a poignant message in memory of her late nephew River
Tough times: Stone, snapped in Montreal in 2013, is aunt to the late River via her younger brother Patrick Stone and his wife Tasha
‘I’m so sorry!!’ Williams wrote, while Campbell said, ‘Beyond words … praying for God to lift [and] hold you up @sharonstone my sincere and deepest condolences to you [and] your family.’
Stone posted a video memorial of her late nephew scored to the Eric Clapton song Tears in Heaven with the caption, ‘River William Stone Sept. 8, 2020 – Aug. 30, 2021.’
The Basic Instinct star took to social media with an image of River as he was hospitalized with the support of multiple tubes and wires.
The Sliver actress captioned the shot, ‘My nephew and godson River Stone was found in his crib w total organ failure today. Please pray for him. We need a miracle.’
Support: The Academy Award-nominated actress received kind words of support from notable names including Naomi Campbell, Leslie Jordan, Kelly Ripa, singer Michelle Williams and Sheila E
Tragedy: The star’s younger brother Patrick Stone and wife Tasha, who are River’s parents, made the tragic announcement via CORE, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education
The star’s younger brother Patrick Stone and wife Tasha, who are River’s parents, made the tragic announcement earlier this week via CORE, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.
‘He was our tiny jokester, our water baby, our little foodie,’ the family said in a statement to the organization. ‘Now, River has also become a hero. In death, he made a far greater contribution to this world than most of us could ever hope to ourselves.
‘And he proved that the shortest of lives can also be the most meaningful ones. As an organ donor, River saved three lives.’
The family said ‘there will never be a day, hour, a minute or even a second that we won’t miss our sweet baby.’
Stone is mother to three teen sons – 21-year-old Roan, 16-year-old Laird and 15-year-old Quinn.