The photogenic young royal turns 18 on August 3 - and has three days of parties planned in honour of the landmark occasion
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A Saturday night party at Prince Rainier's luxury villa La Vigie is the centrepiece of the celebrations

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29 JULY 2004

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Monaco's newest glamour girl, Charlotte Casiraghi, is set to ring in her 18th birthday in style this weekend with three days of lavish celebrations in Monte Carlo.

Festivities kick off on Friday with a private party organised by Charlotte herself at the Stars 'N' Bars restaurant, whose past clients include Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson and Rod Stewart, overlooking the Port de Monaco. Her closest pals, including best friend Valentine Pozzo di Borgo and equestrian trainer Thierry Rozier, are expected to attend.

On Saturday, Charlotte's brothers, Andrea and Pierre, have reportedly planned a beachside brunch for the young beauty to continue the celebrations. But it is the night's spectacular gala which is the centrepiece of the weekend.

The birthday soiree will be held at Prince Rainier's La Vigie, one of the most prestigious villas on the Riviera. The historic 40-room mansion, famed for its panoramic views of the sea, was apparently handpicked by Charlotte's mum, Princess Caroline, for the occasion. Previous guests at La Vigie, restored by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld during the 1990s, have included Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, who stayed there while attending the Monaco Grand Prix this year.

Sunday will see the whirlwind weekend wind down, with a private Grimaldi family breakfast at the royal palace. And August 6, three days after her 18th birthday, Charlotte will make her official society debut at the traditional Red Cross Ball.