Monaco's Royal Wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene
Prince Albert of Monaco Held a Royal Bash
Royal Weddings are forever a joy to watch! Prince Albert II of Monaco with Princess Charlene’s, Catholic wedding took place on July 2, 2011 at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. This was the same place where Prince Albert’s father Prince Rainier III had married actress Grace Kelly forty years earlier in 1956. Their royal union was a few months following the colossal wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine of the British Isles.
The small country of Monaco in south-eastern France, known for its casinos and lavish lifestyle for the wealthy was elegantly graced by prominent celebrities James Bond and Roger Moore, Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Michel Jarre, Bernadette Chirac, Karolina Kurkova, Nadia Comaneci, Renée Fleming, Princess Caroline and Stephanie of Monaco, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The kings of Sweden and Belgium and Denmark's crown princess graced the palace with other people of nobility, which completed their four hundred fifty guests list of invites.
Monsignor Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco, directed the glittering religious wedding ceremony at Sainte Devote Church with inspiring shows from U.S. soprano Renee Fleming and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The eager guests enjoyed a multi-course festivity prepared by celebrated French-born chef Alain Ducasse.
Princess Charlene Appeared Lovely and Ordinary
Princess Charlene appeared lovely and ordinary with her hair pulled back in an elaborate French twist. Her wedding dress was a glittering white, satin boat collar, an exclusive gown made by famous designer Giorgio Armani Prive. It was composed of 140 yards of diverse silks, 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 Mother of Pearl beads with a six-yard train. Prince Albert was debonair in his striking bright-white military uniform.
Thousands of Mona-cans applauded the proceedings as they watched it on large TV screens placed outside the palace. They repeated their wedding vows and swapped white gold 18 carat Cartier rings on each other’s finger with tears lightly streaming down the Princess’ face.
Charlene Wittstock, Princess of Monaco
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene Were Olympic Swimmers
Both Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were Olympic swimmers who met at a summer game in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Princess of Monaco was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa by her mother, who was a swim coach. She worked hard to make the Olympic Games.
Prince Albert is twenty years older than Princess Charlene. There's a nasty rumor surfacing; the princess is suffering from depression, and cracking from the stress of having to produce an heir to the throne.
It Is Known That Prince Albert Has Illegitimate Children?
She was not pleased to regard Prince Albert’s two illegitimate children and totally upset he possibly fathered a third child out-of-wedlock last year. She thought of calling off the wedding, however, she was coerced to go through with it, after Prince Albert dearly consoled her.
Everyone in Monaco hopes their royal commitment to love and honor each other will last a lifetime, until death does them part. Prince Albert was known as the ladies’ gentleman of his kingdom, who likes to party and engage in risky behavior. His followers believe his temperament may put a damper on his marriage. Perhaps, this is why Princess Charlene suffered from depression, except, who really knows! They have kept their personal lives private, and out of the tabloid gossip columns, thus far.
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© 2012 Sheila Craan