Bal de la Riviera 2014

2014 edition presentation film

Under the High Patronage and in the Presence of

Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent



The first edition of the "Bal de la Riviera" took place the weekend of Saturday 27th September under the High Patronage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. 350 personalities from all over the world met in a very glamorous and elegant atmosphere for the benefit of the Portuguese Red Cross. The theme of this first edition was a tribute to the talented English writer Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, who died 50 years ago.

Much of Fleming's work in intelligence went on to shape his James Bond novels. One of the people who have inspired the character of James Bond was the famous Yugoslav double agent Dusan Popov. Ian Fleming and DuÅ¡an Popov always met in Estoril either at the Casino or the Palácio Estoril Hotel Spy Bar. Historical events and Ian Fleming's frequent stays in Estoril undoubtedly influenced elements of the James Bond story. In particular, the famous gambling scene in the first book, Casino Royale, was inspired by his wartime visits to the Estoril Casino.

Among the 350 guests coming from all over the world: prince and princess Michael of Kent, king Fuad II of Egypt, princess Maria Gabriela of Savoy, all the Fleming family, actress and fashion icon Marisa Berenson, stylist Agatha Ruiz de La Prada, princes Elisabeth and Michel of Yugoslavia, grand-duke George of Russia, Italian model Antónia dell'Atte, Spanish aristocrats Luís de Medina and Álvaro de Marichalar, princess Léa of Belgium, princess Béatrice of Orléans, the French business entrepreneur Paul Dubrule, American business tycoon JJ Cafaro , princess Béatrice of Bourbon, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, Portuguese politicians, wealthy Europeans and other personalities.

The Gift, the most popular Portuguese rock band was very much applauded for an outstanding show including their international hit "Driving you slow" (American billboard in 2005). Also most appreciated was the acting of the international acrobats Golden Power coming especially from China for this Gala.

The Portuguese architect and interior designer Dino Gonçalves decorated the Ballroom of the Casino Estoril under the theme “La savane floride” in honour of the adventures of James Bond all over the world.