Royal Wedding of Monaco Prince Albert

It has been two months since the fairy tale wedding of Britain’s Prince William with Kate Middleton. Monaco’s playboy Prince Albert with former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock is another wedding that is currently attracting newspaper headlines. This wedding day will be the biggest day in Monaco since his father Rainier III married Hollywood actress Grace Kelly way back in 1956. 

Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco (Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi; born 14 March 1958) as of 2011 is the head of the House of Grimaldi and the ruler of the Principality of Monaco. He is the son of Rainier II, the Prince of Monaco and the celebrated Hollywood actress, Grace Kelly. He has two sisters, Caroline and Stephanie. 

Charlene Lynette Wittstock, born 25 January 1978 is a South African Olympic backstroke swimmer. She is a statuesque blond almost 6 feet tall. Charlene was born in Rhodesia but moved to South Africa when she was 12 years old. Her parents are Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager, and Lynette Humberstone, a former competitive diver and swimming coach. Interestingly, Charlene has Rhodesian, German and British blood.

After the Royal engagement was announced, Charlene slowed down on her swimming and devoted time to being groomed for her future role as the Royal Princess. Wittstock, who was raised a Protestant converted to Roman Catholicism, although this was not required by Monaco’s laws. Monaco’s future princess also learned to speak French and the Monegasque dialect to fit into her future role. 

Charlene is reported to have lived in Monaco since she unofficially ended her training in 2007. Last weekend, Wittstock, represented Monaco at the official opening of the Athens 2011 Special Olympic Games.

Prince Albert and Charlene are to get married on 2 July 2011. They announced their engagement on 23 June 2010. They have been a couple since the Torino Olympics, 2006. The Prince and Wittstock are both former Olympians and have attended the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a couple. They have been publicly seen as a couple at Britain’s royal wedding earlier this year. Monaco’s Royal wedding will take place over two days: the civil marriage ceremony is scheduled for 2 July 2011, followed by the religious ceremony on 3rd July 2011.

Final wedding date change was to 1 July and 2 July. The civil ceremony will take place on 1 July at 5pm Monaco Time in the Palace Throne Room. The religious ceremony will take place on 2 July at 5pm in the Palace Courtyard. Both July 1 and 2 will be public holidays in Monaco. Other events surrounding the wedding include: an appearance on the balcony, a buffet cocktail in the Palace Square, a gala concert by Jean Michel Jarrel after the civil ceremony. A ball and fireworks display will follow the religious ceremony.  Italian newspapers have quoted Giorgio Armani saying that he is designing Wittstock’s wedding dress.


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