Prince Albert II and Charlene leave the Olympics to attend the Red Cross Ball

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - AUGUST 03: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend 64th Red Cross Ball Gala in Salle des Etoiles at Sporting Monte-Carlo on August 3, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Frederic Nebinger - Pool /Getty Images) Pool

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend 64th Red Cross Ball Gala on Aug. 3, 2012, in Monte-Carlo.
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(CBS News) Monaco's Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II took a quick break from the London Games, where they have been seen embracing the Olympic spirit, to return to Monaco for the Red Cross Ball, one of Monaco's biggest annual events.

Pictures: 2012 Red Cross Ball
Pictures: Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II
Pictures: Royals at the Olympics

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, who both competed in previous Olympics, have been photographed in the stands almost daily  since the Games opened  July 27.. But, both had to take a break to host one of Monaco's glitziest black-tie  events.

The royal couple hosted the 64th annual Monte-Carlo Red Cross Ball on Friday. A major fundraiser for the global charity, it is attended by celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world.  This year,. entertainment  was provided  by  Scorpions, the German rockers known for their '80s anthem  "Rock You Like a Hurricane."

Princess Charlene turned heads wearing a gown with a gold sequined bodice and white draped skirt. Prince Albert complemented Charlene's ensemble by wearing a white tuxedo.

The event was attended by Gareth Wittstock, Charlene's brother, and the newly engaged couple Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo. Casiraghi is Prince Albert' nephew, the son of Monaco's Princess Caroline.

  • Camille Mann

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