updated 08/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In many ways, Charlotte Casiraghi is your typical 17-year-old. Introspective and smart (she aced her high school exams), the granddaughter of Prince Rainier of Monaco loves horses and power shopping with friends and doesn't yet have a boyfriend. But when she turns 18 Aug. 3, Monegasques are looking forward to a coming out to rival Cinderella's. Her mother, Princess Caroline, is throwing a champagne and fireworks gala at luxe Villa La Vigie. But don't expect the chestnut-haired beauty to become tabloid fodder like her famously independent aunt (below). "Charlotte is a lovely young woman," says one family friend, "with excellent manners."
PRINCESS STEPHANIE: Marriage on the Rocks?
She has flip-flopped through so many romances, it came as no shock when a German magazine reported that Princess Stephanie of Monaco, 39, was breaking up with her husband of less than a year, circus acrobat Adans Lopez Peres, 30. But reached by PEOPLE, Peres said of the rumors: "It's all bull——." A friend acknowledged the couple have had "adjustment issues," but are committed: "They have really tried to hang in there and stay together."
PRINCESS BEATRICE: A New Beau
A couple of weeks before turning sweet 16, the older of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's daughters showed off the fella she's sweet on. On July 25 Beatrice cozied up with Carlo Carello, 17, the scion of a wealthy Italian family, during her cousin Prince Harry's polo match in Windsor. Introduced by friends a year ago, the pair have only been dating for a matter of weeks. A friend says Carlo will treat Beatrice like, well, a princess: "[Carlo] has had a lot of girlfriends. He buys them flowers and drinks." The couple arrived arm-in-arm to a post-match party, where they cuddled much of the night.