Monaco’s Royal Wedding on the French Riviera

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The highly anticipated Royal Wedding scheduled in the fairy-tale principality of Monaco took place this weekend. Prince Albert II and his South African fiancee tied the knot this weekend in two ceremonies. She wore a glorious Giorgio Armani wedding gown with a 15 foot train.

Michael Kenneth Wittstock escorts his daughter Princess Charlene on the red carpet at the Place du Palais for the religious wedding ceremony with  Prince Albert II at the Palace in Monaco July 2, 2011

Princess Charlene and Monaco's Prince Albert II kiss outside the Sainte Devote church in Monaco after their religious wedding ceremony in Monaco Saturday July 2, 2011.

 There were two separate events: a small civil ceremony in the Throne Room of the palace and a lavish Catholic ceremony. The religious ceremony of Albert’s parents, Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly,  was held in the magnificent Cathedral of Monaco in 1956.

There were 3,500 guests at the religious ceremony in the Palace coutyard with 20 heads of state including: the kings of Spain, Sweden, Lesotho and Belgium as well as the Presidents of France, Ireland, Iceland, Lebanon, Malta, Germany and Hungary. Famous opera stars, models and notable race car drivers were also invited. The  dinner was be prepared by renown French Michelin three-star chef Alain Ducasse.

His Serene Highness”  is the Prince’s title; used by the reigning families of Monaco and Liechtenstein. Prince Albert II is the 53-year-old ruler of the tiny principality of Monaco that is subdivided into three municipalities. Monaco (Monaco-Ville) is the old city located on a rocky promontory extending into the Mediterranean, known as the Rock of Monaco. This is where the Palace and the Saint Nicholas Cathedral  (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) of Monaco are located. Many of the Grimaldis were buried in the Cathedral including Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III.

Rainiers III Grave in the Cathedral

Cathedral of Monaco

Monaco’s Crest

Monaco's Flag

Cannon balls at the castle

Monaco Ville

A panel of the Saint Nicholas Altarpiece in the Cathedral of Monaco

 

Port of Monaco

 Prince Albert II is the head of state and the head of the  House of Grimaldi that reigns over the income tax free principality of Monaco that houses the gambling center of Monte Carlo Casino. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state’s sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861.

Charlene Wittstock is a lovely 33-year-old South African former Olympic backstroke swimmer. Prince Albert II met Charlene Wittstock in 2000 when she traveled to Monaco for a swimming competition. Prince Albert participated in five Olympic Games, from Calgary in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002, as a member of the national bobsleigh team. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985 and he is the President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee.

They attended the wedding of Prince William of Wales to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

Prince Albert and Charlene

  
 
 
 
 
A flag announcing the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock flies above the guarded  Monaco Palace.  Now Europe will have another attractive princess for the tabloids to exploit.

The Castle

 

Original Monaco Castle

This will be the first wedding of a ruling prince in Monaco since Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III, married Hollywood actress Grace Kelly in 1956.  Prince Rainier ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century.

 The wedding of Prince Ranier III and Grace Kelly took place before 600 guests at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco and was watched by 30 million television viewers in 1956. Grace Kelly’s ivory, lace and satin gown was reportedly the model for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress some 60 years later. They had  three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie.  

Grace Kelly retained her American roots, maintaining dual US and Monégasque citizenships. She died on September 14, 1982, when she lost control of her automobile and crashed. Her daughter Princess Stéphanie, who was in the car with her, survived the accident.

 

 Check out the official Royal Wedding Website: http://www.palais.mc/monaco/palais-princier/english/royal-wedding/royal-wedding.1819.html

Check out the Civil Ceremony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZa-WB8ChmI&feature=relmfu

There are plenty of sites to see in Monaco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHMZSCfiCrA&feature=related

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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