Red carpet royals! Jordan's Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein dazzle at New York's Met Ball

Published May 4th, 2016 - 06:59 GMT
Queen Rania's feather and sequinned dress was made by Valentino. (AFP/D Dipasupil)
Queen Rania's feather and sequinned dress was made by Valentino. (AFP/D Dipasupil)

The New York Met Gala is traditionally awash with Hollywood royalty and last night's grandiose bash was no exception with Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian all turning out in style.

However, there were also two actual, real-life royals among the sea of celebrities at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit yesterday evening.

Step forward Queen Rania of Jordan, 45, who graced the red carpet in a Valentino monochrome feather-design dress.

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The glamorous Middle Eastern royal wore her brunette locks loosely pinned and matched her eye-catching dress with taupe heels and a clutch bag encrusted with gems.

With delicate rhinestones studded across the feathers and on the sheer layers of the black tulle lace skirt, there was also something of the country star about it. Think Dolly Parton in the late Seventies.

Rania wore her favoured smokey eye make-up with her lustrous brunette locks in ringlets and loosely pinned back.

Also mingling with some of the biggest names in entertainment at the gala, always held on the first Monday in May, was Monaco's Princess Charlotte Casiraghi, who plumped for an equally brave wardrobe choice. 

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Charlotte's ruffled, high-necked Gucci dress had ribbons of colour with the canary-yellow top half flowing into three shades of pink, followed by red and purple.

Queen Rania has had a jet-setting year; the glamorous mother-of-four has spent much of 2016 campaigning about the plight of European migrants with the Met Gala a rare night of out-and-out entertainment for the Jordanian royal.  

Meanwhile Princess Charlotte, the granddaughter of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, rubbed shoulders with stars including singer Florence Welch and actor Jared Leto.

The Monaco royal, 29, daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and the late Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist was making a rare red carpet appearance and looked happy to stand out from the crowd in her colourful, Seventies-inspired outfit.  

The show jumper and magazine editor, who grew up in the south of France and Paris, spent time chatting with Leto, who looked dashing in a lavish all-cream suit with tails, with a blue-studded brooch pinned at the neck.

Eighth-in-line to the Monaco throne, Charlotte has a son, Raphaël, with French-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh.

Meanwhile, Princess Olympia of Greece attended the Balmain and Olivier Rousteing after the Met Gala Celebration with American socialite Peter Brant Jr., although it doesn't appear to have been invited to the actual benefit. 

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The Met Gala traditional brings out the more exuberant side to a celebrity's wardrobe and last night proved no exception.   

Co-host of this year's Met Gala, Taylor Swift, arrived in a futuristic silver Louis Vuitton mini-dress with a cutaway design; the edgy costume included knee-high leather strappy stilettos and Gothic dark red lip paint. 

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Pop peer Beyonce made a grand entrance in a peach-hued latex gown by Givenchy. The skintight garment featured pretty floral detail and pearls and clung to her curves before falling into a fishtail silhouette.

She wore her brunette locks poker straight and wore dramatic dark eye-shadow to complete the look. The Lemonade hitmaker chose to walk the red carpet solo this year without husband Jay Z.

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Kim Kardashian arrived in a garment which looked like body armour dripping in jewels.

A thigh-high slit in her skirt showed off lots of leg and revealed silver t-bar stilettos.

The 35-year-old KUWTK star arrived with husband Kanye West who threw out the rule book in ripped jeans but adding a glittering jacket. 

By Jo Tweedy

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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