The Civil Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Monaco
As one might expect, there was much sun and clear skies on Friday, 1 July when the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II, signed the register to become the husband of Charlene Wittstock. Charlene legally took the rank and style of her husband, becoming a Serene Highness and Princess of Monaco — or, if you prefer, Madame Grimaldi. The civil marriage took place in the Palace Throne Room and was attended by government officials, family, and close friends. However, it was not completely off limits to the public. Ordinary Monegasques and the expected crop of summer-time tourists were able to watch the couple exchange their “Oui’s” on big screens that were set up around the principality.
The “best man” of the Prince was his cousin, Chris Le Vine, a nephew of the late Princess Grace. Charlene’s “maid of honor” was Donatella Knecht de Massy, who is married to one of the late Princess Antoinette’s grandsons.
The new princess wore a pretty blue suit (Chanel) and joined her husband, who wore his princely uniform, at the gallery balconies to wave to the cheering crowd. They kissed and she rested her head on his shoulder.
The Prince’s sisters and their children appeared at the balcony at different moments, and visiting foreign royalty assembled at the many other balconies along the Palace gallery.
A troupe known as Les Palladiennes de Monaco led the procession out of the palace. In the court where the crowd was being entertained by singers and dancers, the Prince delivered an address.
After sunset, there were fantastic fireworks on the harbor and a concert by Jean Michel Jarre.Filed under Monaco Royals
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