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Princess Charlene of Monaco - Pic: Monaco Television / Reuters

Princess Charlene breaks silence to brand wedding rumours 'lies'  dailymail.co.uk 14 Jul 13 As she walked down the aisle in a bespoke Armani dress, Charlene Wittstock, now Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, looked anything but the happy bride. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she exchanged vows with the principality's ruler, Prince Albert II, in front of a global audience of millions. But her tears weren't, as reported, the result of a series of rows over her fiance's womanising ways and a failed escape attempt in the days leading up to her wedding. In a rare interview, the South African former swimmer has revealed that they were tears of happiness and has described the speculation as 'categorical lies'. Ruth Styles.

Princess Charlene of Monaco - Pic: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

Monte Carlo: Princesse Charlene seeks Lady-In-Waiting  agi.it 23 Nov 11

Monaco's Princess Charlene is seeking a lady-in-waiting. The lady companion must be discrete, courteous and always ready to help the princess both while traveling and with her guests. The French daily Le Figaro revealed that Charlene is still assisted by Virginia Gallico, Grace Kelly's former lady-in-waiting and current top palace staff member. . .

Princess Charlene & Prince Albert II on Monaco's National Day 19 Nov 11 - Pic: Reuters

Princess Charlene dazzles on Monaco's National Day  ibtimes.com 20 Nov 11 Newlyweds Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco greeted its citizens and led the country in observing its National Day on Saturday. During the morning ceremonies and the gala evening festivities, the princess opted for dresses in monochromatic colors. This was the first National Day that Charlene attended as princess of Monaco. During the celebrations, the royal couple was joined by Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, along with Caroline's children: Andrea, Caroline, and Pierre Casiraghi, and Princess Alexandra. The holiday dates back to 1856. Albert moved the holiday to Nov. 19, the feast day of St. Rainier of Arezzo, in honor of his father, Prince Rainier III. Monami Thakur.

Monaco royal couple shoots down 'runaway bride' rumors  msnbc.com 02 Nov 11 Charlene Wittstock looked serene at her July 1 wedding to billionaire Prince Albert II of Monaco. But up until the day she said “I do,” she was dogged by reports she had tried to run away from her opulent nuptials. In an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on TODAY Wednesday, the 33-year-old former Olympian from South Africa said that she was a victim of the press’s overactive imagination in the hoopla leading up to a royal wedding. “Why would you go through all this effort to have this fantastic, you know, couple of days and have our most intimate, dearest friends come and join us for us to be reluctant?” Princess Charlene said as she sat alongside her new husband. “You know, for me, it just sounded hilarious.” Days before the wedding, the French weekly paper Le Journal du Dimanche reported Whittstock made up to three attempts to flee Monaco in advance of her wedding to Prince Albert. Michael Inbar.

Princess Charlene & Prince Albert II of Monaco visit their wedding exhibition - Pic: Valery Hache / AFP

Exhibition on the royal wedding in Monaco: 100,000 visitors in less than a month  lexpress.fr 04 Aug 11 Less than a month after it opened to the public, the exhibition "The History of the royal wedding" received its 100,000th visitor Thursday afternoon , announced the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, who hosts the exhibition until November 22. The museum reserved a special welcome to the 100,000th visitor and his family, coming from Loir-et-Cher, by organizing a "VIP tour" of the premises, as well as the aquariums. The family received gifts, including coffee mugs bearing the image of the royal wedding and a case of official champagne. AFP.

Prince Albert & Princess Charlene of Monaco - Pic: AFP

Monaco royals sue over break-up rumours  channelnewsasia.com 26 Jul 11 Monaco's Prince Albert II and his new wife filed a suit Monday against a French magazine they claim spread false rumours of discord ahead of their wedding celebrations. Summons were filed against L'Express magazine at a court in Nanterre, for invasion of privacy and publishing "incorrect facts about their private life". The magazine declined comment. Rumours that Charlene Wittstock tried to leave the principality in a huff just days before the royal wedding ceremony have been rejected by the palace. L'Express magazine had reported on its website that Wittstock, now Princess Charlene, interrupted preparations for the lavish celebrations early July and prepared to take a flight for her home country South Africa. AFP.

Princess Charlene & Prince Albert of Monaco - Pic: Valery Hache/AFP

Monaco's newlywed princess 'very happy'  abc.net.au 25 Jul 11 Monaco's newlywed Princess Charlene is "very happy", the South African bride's brother says, rejecting rumours that her marriage to Prince Albert II is already on the rocks. "Everyone's making up their own stories. I can promise you, my sister is very happy," younger brother Sean Wittstock told the latest edition of the country's top-selling English weekly magazine, YOU. "She and her bridesmaid were in SA on a game farm a week before the wedding. She could have stayed behind if she'd wanted to." It would not be as easy for the former South African Olympic swimmer now, Mr Wittstock added. "She's a Roman Catholic now and they don't believe in divorce," he told the magazine. AFP.

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Royal wedding expected to give Monaco a tourism boost  independent.co.uk 25 Jul 11 Monaco's biggest company has predicted a boost in tourism in the wake of this month's wedding of Prince Albert. Founded 147 years ago, Société des Bais de Mer (SBM) owns the Casino de Monte-Carlo and the state's most historic hotels. Revenue from SBM's hotels rose by 10% in the year to 31 March 2011, but there was a 14% fall in casino takings, – more than half of total turnover. It led to SBM's overall revenue dropping 3% to €361.7m, while its operating profit tumbled nearly 60% to €21.7m. SBM's chief executive, Bernard Lambert, believes the recent royal wedding will drive trade. "Definitely we do expect an increase in tourism," he said. ChristianSylt / Caroline Reid.

Michel Roger - Pic: Monaco Hebdo

Monaco royals to sue over break-up rumours: premier  yahoo.com 22 Jul 11 Monaco's government head Michel Roger railed Friday against "false" rumours of discord between Prince Albert II and his wife, and said the couple will sue a French magazine for spreading them. "It is very distressing," Roger, whose official title is minister of state, told journalists of the gossip that swirled around the wedding held in early July. Rumours that Charlene Wittstock tried to leave the principality in a huff just days before the royal wedding have already been rejected by the palace. "They are all false," added Roger who said the couple intended to sue L'Express because it "gave credibility to these unfounded rumours by publishing them". Valery Hache / AFP.

Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene wave to guests as they leave after the religious wedding ceremony -  Photo: AP

Prince Albert II of Monaco dismisses marriage rumours  telegraph.co.uk 22 Jul 11 The 53-year-old ruler summoned reporters to his Monaco palace in a bid to end speculation that his marriage is on the brink of collapse. "My family have long been the subject of rumours born out of jealousy," he said. "There's one or more people in Monaco who are trying to cause harm. We want to express our indignation at these rumours. It's unbearable. What's regrettable is that the media pick up these rumours without verifying the information. I find that unworthy on the part of your colleagues." Prince Albert addressed claims that the newly-wed couple slept in separate hotels one night on their honeymoon in South Africa – he claimed it was for "obvious practical reasons".

Monaco Museum Displays Royal Wedding Dress  lovetripper.com 12 Jul 11 Days after their I do’s, the fairytale frock which transformed Charlene Wittstock from a private citizen into a princess has gone on display as part of the “Story of the Royal Wedding" exhibition, housed at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Through November 22, 2011, wedding watchers and fans of fashion alike can get an up close look at the bride’s Giorgio Armani Prive gown, a couture creation 2,500 hours in the making. Constructed of off-white silk duchesse and silk organza, the dress is an iconic interpretation of royal romance which features embroidered petals of floral finery, 20,000 delicate mother of pearl teardrops and 40,000 Swarovski crystals which dance in the light. Bridal accessories will also be on display, including the diaphanous silk tulle veil which floated behind the bride as she made her way to the altar, while the diamonds and sapphires which adorn the tiara made as a gift from the groom to his bride by Van Cleef & Arpels (see video) dance in the light inside its own display case. Grace Sydney.

Zuma hosts Monaco's newlyweds  timeslive.co.za  06 Jul 11 Prince Albert II of Monaco and his South African bride Princess Charlene were hosted by President Jacob Zuma at the official presidential residence in Durban days after media reports alleged that the couple had snubbed him. The newlyweds spent about 30 minutes at the presidential residence before addressing the media. The couple arrived in the country on Tuesday for the annual session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), of which Prince Albert is a member. Addressing the media, Zuma said he felt it was important for him to meet the couple as he had been unable to attend their wedding because of other commitments. South Africa would continue to have close relations with Monaco, Zuma said.

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco

Monaco newlyweds prepare to jet into Durban  mg.co.za 04 Jul 11 Newlyweds Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco were preparing a trip to South Africa, as her father dismissed reports of a pre-wedding rift. The royal couple were on Tuesday due to fly to Durban where 33-year-old Charlene trained as a swimmer and where the prince (53) was due to attend a meeting of the International Olympic Committee, of which he is a member. The committee will vote to select the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Wednesday. In a statement on Sunday ahead of the session, South African President Jacob Zuma said: "It is particularly special for us to welcome the newlyweds ... to Princess Charlene's home country. AFP.

Albert faces two paternity tests  iol.co.za 04 Jul 11 The new Princess Charlene of Monaco tried to flee home to South Africa three times before her “arranged marriage” to Prince Albert, it was alleged yesterday. The former Charlene Wittstock, 33, reportedly made her first escape attempt when she travelled to Paris in May to try on her wedding dress. During the visit, she “took refuge” in her country’s embassy in the French capital, sources in Monaco said. The allegations, which are surprising considering she went ahead with the wedding on Saturday, emerged in the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. It went on to report that later in May, Charlene made a second apparent attempt to escape during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. Then, last week, royal officials are said to have confiscated her passport en route to Nice airport via the helicopter service that runs between the Mediterranean principality and France. She was then persuaded to go on with the marriage. Peter Allen / Daily Mail.

The fashion verdict on Monaco's royal wedding  smh.com.au 04 Jul 11 Bridal wear designers give their verdict on Monaco's royal wedding style. From a princess in a sun hat and strappy sandals to a guest in white flowing gown, it wasn't just the paternity test raising eyebrows. Naomi Campbell played by the rules at the ceremony in a green floral dress, but come reception time, all bets were off. Breaking the unwritten rule that guests shouldn't wear white or black to a wedding, she changed into a white dress with a plunging neckline, side cut-outs and green beading. Sarah McInerney.

Video Royal nuptials lift Monaco's hopes  aljazeera.net 03 Jul 11 It has been a 30-year wait but the European principality got a new princess when Prince Albert II married Charlene Wittstock, a South African former swimming champion 20 years his junior. The star-studded religious mass sealed a union that will ease the mind of royal minders and Monegasques that the couple produce a legitimate heir to the Grimaldi throne. With that in mind, the royal couple have already promised to make a priority of addressing that situation. Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports.

Video Prince Albert II pays tribute to bride  telegraph.co.uk 03 Jul 11 Prince Albert of Monaco pays tribute to his bride at their wedding dinner. The dinner was held at the Opera Garnier and the Casino Terraces. It was prepared by chef Alain Ducasse and was followed by a ball at the Monte Carlo opera and fireworks. Princess Charlene wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening gown in off-white silk chiffon with broad neckline, and four-tier train; embellished by graduated embroidery crafted with Swarovski teardrops and stones in gold and platinum colour. The wedding is the first of a ruling prince in Monaco since Albert's father, Prince Rainier III, married Hollywood star Grace Kelly in 1956. Rainier transformed Monaco from a faded gambling centre into a billionaires' haven, using his marriage to Kelly to infuse the tiny principality with film-star glamour. Her death in a car crash in 1982 revived talk of the legendary 13th-century curse of his dynasty – the Grimaldis – that has haunted his family during its seven centuries of rule.

Monaco royal wedding dinner menu  examiner.com 03 Jul 11 The wedding dinner at the sea-view terraces of the Opera House was prepared by French-born chef Alain Ducasse for the 450 guests present. The three-course meal featured filet of golden mullet and a vegetable medley arranged to depict a landscape typical of the coast of the Riviera, where everything besides the South African wines and Champagnes were sourced from a six-mile radius of Monaco. All produce was harvested from the Grimaldi Roc Agel estate on the morning of the dinner to ensure freshness and represent Albert's youth on the estate. Fresh prawns from Liguria were featured on the menu, and nine "unstressed cows" from the Roc Agel property provided unpasteurized milk for the dessert, a Rocagel milk ice cream accompanying marinated red fruits, a nod to the flag of Monaco. Amber Cornelio.

Albert and Charlene finish wedding ceremonies  euronews.net 02 Jul 11 Prince Albert of Monaco and Charelene Wittstock have finished two days of wedding celebrations with a religious marriage ceremony in the principality. It was an opulent affair in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Monaco attended by royalty, world leaders and figures from the world of entertainment and sport. The couple had already married in a civil ceremony. This time they exchanged vows in a service presided over by Monaco’s Archbishop. It is the first time Monaco has seen the wedding of a ruling prince since Albert’s parents, Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly, married in 1956. The era of glamour that the Hollywood star ushered into Monaco was reflected in the guestlist. Giorgio Armani, who designed Charlene’s wedding dress, was among the congregation. So was fellow fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. The ceremony was also witnessed by the film star Roger Moore. Other guests who also took part in the service included the American soprano Renee Fleming and the tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Jean-Michel Jarre rocks Monaco for newlyweds  euronews.net 02 Jul 11 It was an event that fittingly illustrated Monaco’s glamorous image. Their wedding vows over, Prince Albert and his bride Charlene were able to relax, as the principality rocked to Jean-Michel Jarre. The spectacular concert took place on the first evening of three days of celebrations. Beforehand, there was time for a breather as the newly married couple gave a quick interview to euronews’ Isabel Kumar. Our correspondent described it as an “electrifying concert”. The entire city was transformed into a natural amphitheatre, with the port as the stage. On stage, Prince Albert spoke to the thousands gathered around the port, and millions of TV viewers watching live on euronews. “Thank you very much to all our friends from around the world, from different countries, different continents, who are watching us right now thanks to euronews and to the internet,” he said.

The prince and his bride-to-be in Monte Carlo last week - Pic: Sky.com

Two-day party as Monaco Prince gets married  sky.com 01 Jul 11 Prince Albert II of Monaco and former Olympic swimming star Charlene Wittstock are getting married this weekend - and the principality is preparing to party. The 53-year-old prince and his South African bride are starting their nuptials with a civil ceremony in Monte Carlo, which will be followed on Saturday by a Roman Catholic ceremony in Monaco Cathedral. After the wedding comes a grand ball for the great and the good of Monaco and royal relatives and friends from all over the world, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Composer Jean Michel Jarre will take a starring role in a concert and an extravagant fireworks display is set to light up the sky of the Cote D'Azur to add to the glamour of the occasion.

Prince Albert of Monaco chooses Provencal wine for wedding  decanter.com 30 Jun 11 Monaco's Prince Albert II has chosen wine from a 15ha organic vineyard in Provence to celebrate his marriage to his South African fiancee Charlene Wittstock. Special-edition magnums of Domaine Saint Albert, decorated with a commemorative monogram of the occasion, were created for the wedding. The 2007 vintage in red, a blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir and Syrah, and the 2010 vintage in white, a blend of Clairette Vert, Vermentino and Ugni Blanc, and a rosé, will be served. Wine-maker and owner Olivier Foucou told Decanter.com that they had provided 50 magnums for the wedding weekend, which will be reserved for special guests and the Royal family. Jane Anson.

Monaco denies prince's fiancee has cold feet  reuters.com 28 Jun 11 Monaco's royal palace vehemently denied a report on Tuesday that the fiancee of ruler Prince Albert tried to skip town a week before their wedding. French weekly L'Express reported on its website that Charlene Wittstock, who is set to marry the tiny French Riviera principality's head of state on Saturday, went to the airport in nearby Nice last week to board a one-way flight for South Africa, where she grew up. It required "infinite persuasion" by the prince and members of his entourage to convince the 33-year-old former swimming champion to change her mind, the magazine said. "These rumors only serve to gravely hurt the image of the Sovereign, and that of Miss Wittstock, and bring major harm to this happy event," a palace spokeswoman said in a statement, calling the claims untrue. A lawyer for the couple, Thierry Lacoste, similarly denied the report and told the daily Le Figaro he had started legal action against L'Express. "It's sheer madness, everything is false," Lacoste told the newspaper. Gerard Bon / Alexandria Sage.

Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock prepare for wedding  guardian.co.uk 26 Jun 11 He is the prince who never grew up – a one-time playboy and son of the Hollywood star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. She is a working-class South African 20 years his junior, a former Olympic swimmer and the daughter of a photocopier salesman. When Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock marry this week in a two-day populist extravaganza in the wealthy Mediterranean enclave, tens of thousands of tourists are expected to flood in to witness the ultimate "prince and commoner" wedding. But the wedding is more than just the latest soap opera instalment of the House of Grimaldi, a dynasty as famous for its heartache as its glamour. It is vital for the survival of the Mediterranean tax haven. Monaco, the world's smallest state after the Vatican, has 360,000 registered bank accounts and a 35,000 population – the vast majority of whom are foreign expats, many British, paying no income or capital gains tax. Angelique Chrisafis.

Monaco: Big brands invite themselves to the royal wedding  francesoir.fr 13 Jun 11 Fauchon, Ladurée, JouéClub, Toyota and others ... The royal wedding generates many projects, each riding on the marriage of the ruler of Monaco. Beyond the official events, including a gala dinner by chef Alain Ducasse, many projects are multiplying around the princely wedding. Fauchon offer a "BBclair Monaco", an éclair with the colours of the Grimaldi coat of arms. Not to be outdone, Ladurée have eight macaroons decorated with the names of the bride and groom. The Brasserie de Monaco have a special beer with hints of roses. JouéClub are marketing a range of red and white teddy bears. Manufacture de Monaco have an official line of precious porcelain decorated with 24 carat gold. Moghadam, a carpet trader in Monaco, have made a carpet 200m long and over 2m wide to be installed in the courtyard of the palace. A Toyota Lexus hybrid will be used for the marriage. Michael Bovas.

For Monaco royal wedding, chef Ducasse looks local  miamiherald.com 08 Jun 11 With three triple-star Michelin restaurants, Alain Ducasse is used to catering to the rich and famous. But he admits his blood pressure is rising ahead of next month's royal wedding in Monaco, where he will prepare a gala dinner for Prince Albert, bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock, and their 500 A-list guests. With a 350-stong team on hand for the July 2 event, Ducasse should be able to spread his stress widely. Besides the Champagne, and a South African red wine honouring the bride's roots, nearly all ingredients will be sourced from a 10km radius from Monaco. The honey will come from Monaco's own urban bee hives and the vegetables are being grown at the prince's own farm. Jenny Barchfield / AP.

The Eagles in concert in Monaco for the royal wedding  clickonrock.fr 13 May 11  Legendary rock group The Eagles will perform on 30 Jun 11 in the Stade Louis II, Monaco. The group, currently on a world tour, will play in the principality on the eve of the marriage between Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittslock. "The group are coming within the framework of their European tour, which does not include a show in France. Given the exceptional nature of the concert, just before the royal wedding, they may prepare a surprise for the bride and groom" explained Salim Zeghdar, boss of Monaco Live Productions. The concert will be completely free but restricted to 15,000 people who live or work in Monaco. Tickets will be available from the stadium box office from 30 May 11.

Bono to miss Monaco royal wedding  irishcentral.com 01 May 11 Bono is the latest Irish celebrity to turn down a royal wedding invitation – from Prince Albert of Monaco.The U2 frontman has declined the invitation just 48 hours after Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll missed Britain’s royal nuptials. The 52-year-old Bono and his wife Ali were invited as VIP guests to Prince Albert’s big wedding in an outdoor ceremony in Monaco on July 2nd. But touring commitments in America mean Bono will have to decline the offer. A U2 spokesman said: “The band are playing in Nashville that night so Bono won’t be able to attend. Cathal Dervan.

Charlene Wittstock to become Catholic to marry Prince Albert  AFP 04 Apr 11 Charlene Wittstock, the South African bride of Prince Albert, will convert to Catholicism before her religious marriage ceremony 02 July 11, the Princely Palace of Monaco said Monday. "Miss Charlene Wittstock who professes the Christian faith, will be admitted by a free personal decision, to full communion in the Catholic Church," according to a statement. Charlene Wittstock, born 33 years ago in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), was a Protestant. Yet Catholicism is the official religion in the principality of Monaco. Albert II, Sovereign Prince, 53, met the South African swimming champion in 2000, when she came to compete in Monaco.

Monaco: Jean-Michel Jarre to perform at wedding of Albert II  nicematin.com 04 Apr 11 After his civil union at the palace on 01 July 11, Prince Albert II invites the wider public for a unique sound and light show by Jean Michel Jarre at Port Hercule at 22.30 with the sound, light and video show lasting two hours. “It promises to be magical and historical” says the shows organiser Salim Zeghdar. Up to 50,000 spectators are expected with additional train services until 3am, bus services and free parking being provided for the show. The civil ceremony takes place in the Palace at 17.00 on Friday 01 Jul 11 with the religious ceremony on Sat 02 Jul 11 in the courtyard of the Palace at 17.00. The events will be shown on large screens.

Monaco wedding: TV rights will be free  nicematin.com 28 Jan 11 Prince Albert II will marry Charlene Wittstock, his South African bride 01 and 02 July 11. Last autumn, it was announced that the television broadcasting rights would be donated to the Foundation Albert II. The Palace has now changed tack. "Broadcasts of the ceremony will be free of rights" confirms Christiane Stahl, adviser to the ruler of Monaco. Le Parisien had reported that "the sum of €400,000 or more" would be charged to television channels to broadcast the event before this recent change in strategy.

Armani Designing Wedding Dress for ‘Royals’ of Monaco  people.com 17 Jan 11 Giorgio Armani will dress Charlene Wittstock for her wedding to Monaco's Prince Albert II (the son of the late Grace Kelly and the late Rainer III, Prince of Monaco), the couturier has announced. According to several Italian newspapers, Armani spoke directly to reporters after his men's fashion collection in Milan on Sunday. "Yes, I want to declare, I will make the wedding dress," he confirmed. The 76-year-old designer, who has befriended Wittstock, was thought to have the inside track to outfit her when she weds Prince Albert this July. Peter Mikelbank.

Stephanie of Monaco: Charlene will make a 'dream' sister-in-law  hellomagazine.com 14 Jan 11 2011 will mark the nuptials between Prince Albert of Monaco and his long-term love Charlene Wittstock. And one lady particularly thrilled by Albert's long-awaited union is his youngest sibling Princess Stephanie, who this week declared her affection for his striking bride-to-be. Speaking to Le Parisien newspaper, Stephanie said she and Charlene enjoy "very very good relations", touchingly adding: "I couldn’t dream of a better sister-in-law". Asked whether she is involved in the upcoming wedding, taking place at the beginning of July, the twice-divorced princess replied: "Well, no, but that's OK." Albert and Charlene, 32, are "taking care of it all".

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco New Year 2011 portrait - Pic: Monaco Palace

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco's New Year message 2011 

 "A new page in our history will begin on 1 and 2 July"  The Monegasque ruler sent his new year wishes to his subjects for 2011. A year ahead under the happiest auspices with his forthcoming marriage to Charlene Wittstock on the 1st and 2nd July 2011. In his speech, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco also refers to the centenial celebrations of Monaco's 1911 constitution, talks optimistically about signs of recovery from the economic crisis and a growing awareness of environmental issues.

Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock’s wedding program announced  examiner.com 22 Dec 10 Details have emerged about the July 2nd 2011 wedding of HSH Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock The Prince has announced that the two days of wedding activities will be national holidays for the tiny principality so that all his subjects may enjoy the ceremony.  Giant screens will be put out in front of the palace so that the expected 4000 guests will be able to watch the ceremony.  The first part of the wedding will be a civil marriage taking place on July 1st at the Royal Palace in the Throne Room.  A red carpet will be placed in front of the palace which will be lined with Monaco’s national guard, the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince. Megan Knight.

Albert & Charlene Wedding Live on France Telévisions  actustar.com 10 Dec 10 The marriage of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock will be broadcast live in France exclusively by the state owned France Telévisions channels France 2 and France 3. The entire two days of festivities 2nd and 3rd of July 2011 are set to be broadcast. The event will also be available to broadcasters in 3D.

Monaco princess-to-be makes first ceremonial appearance  AFP 19 Nov 10 Monaco's future princess, South African Charlene Wittstock, made her first official appearance as royal fiancee on Friday, waving to crowds from the balcony of her prince's palace. Former Olympic swimmer Wittstock, 32, appeared smiling and waving in a beige Armani suit and brown hat for the annual royal appearance on the principality's national day. She stood alongside Prince Albert II, 52, whom she is to marry in July. "I find her adorable!" said Rocco Benevento, 54, one among a crowd of cheering wellwishers. "She is going to measure up to Albert's mother," the US actress Grace Kelly, he added. "This is a good thing, an important thing for the prince's image." It was Wittstock's first appearance at a royal ceremony and also the first time a royal fiancee has taken part in the national day appearance before the wedding.

Monaco princess-to-be plans humanitarian work  AFP 18 Nov 10 Monaco's future princess, South African swimming champion Charlene Wittstock, plans to launch into humanitarian work after her wedding next year, her fiance Prince Albert II said in an interview Thursday. The 52-year-old prince hailed his future wife's "great sense of humour and insatiable curiosity" in an interview with Le Figaro newspaper, some of his first public comments about her since they announced their engagement in June. "Charlene has a very strong personality and I have no doubt of her desire to get involved in things alongside me," he said when asked how she would share duties with his sisters Caroline and Stephanie, also involved in humanitarian work.

Following in Princess Grace's footsteps, the next Princess admits to making few friends in Monaco  telegraph.co.uk 31 Oct 10 In her first interview since the royal wedding was announced, the South African sporting champion has spoken of the challenges she has faced making the transition from the life of an athlete to that of a future royal bride. Miss Wittstock admitted to experiencing "jealousy" among some members of the Monaco social elite, and confessed that she had only made two friends since moving from South Africa. Speaking in an interview with Tatler magazine which is published this week, Miss Wittstock said: "The people I mixed with in Monaco didn't relate to my South African mentality or humour. Roya Nikkha.

Monaco: Modern monarch is sticking to principles  FT.com 28 Sep 10 Prince Albert this summer formally announced his engagement to Charlene Wittstock. The marriage will take place early next July and the principality is already gearing itself up for a glamorous international event that is expected to give the tiny Mediterranean state a huge boost in difficult times. Not only does the royal wedding remove all the old worries about the eventual succession if the 52-year-old prince had remained a happy go lucky bachelor. But many hope it will have the same effect in putting the spotlight once again on Monaco, its attractions and its potential, as spectacularly did Prince Rainier’s marriage to the actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Paul Betts.

Statelet seeks to stimulate growth  FT.com 28 Sep 10 When Prince Albert II announced his engagement to South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock, the small principality of Monaco let out a collective sigh of relief. Residents could hope for a continuation of the fairy tale that began in 1956, when Albert’s father, Rainier III wed Grace Kelly, the American actress. After years of hesitation, the couple’s 52 year old playboy son is finally ready to settle down. The implications for the tiny country of just 2 sq kms, squeezed between the hills of France and the Mediterranean Sea, could be significant. Peggy Hollinger.

Prince Albert of Monaco's fiancée Charlene Wittstock is born free  telegraph.co.uk 22 Aug 10 When Charlene Wittstock marries Prince Albert of Monaco next July she is determined to preserve her connections with her native South Africa. The former Olympic swimmer tells Mandrake that she has accepted her first royal appointment and become a patron of the Born Free Foundation set up by the actress Virginia McKenna. In 2008, two leopards which had spent 16 years in cages at Monaco Zoo were transferred to the Shamwari Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth by the charity after Prince Albert, 52, agreed that they should have a new home in Africa. Richard Eden.

New date for Monaco royal wedding  AFP 02 Aug 10 Olympic rings will trump wedding rings next July when Prince Albert II of Monaco will bring forward his nuptials to accommodate the International Olympic Committee. In June, Prince Albert announced plans to marry South African swimming champ Charlene Wittstock (32) on July 8 next year, a date which, it now turns out, would clash with the IOC's July 5 to 9 meeting in Durban. Albert, has been a member of the world's top sporting federation since 1985 and has decided to get married a week early on July 2, 2011 so as not to miss the meeting. The palace said Albert plans to make the best of the clash of dates by turning the Durban jaunt into an African honeymoon.

Monaco: Prince Albert's wedding set for July 2011  washingtonpost.com 22 Jul 10 The royal palace in Monaco says Prince Albert II will tie the knot with his future bride in July 2011. Albert is engaged to Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa. The palace in the Riviera principality said Thursday that the two have set a date for a religious ceremony: July 9, 2011. A civil ceremony will take place the day earlier. Alfred met the willowy blonde Wittstock during a 2000 swimming competition in Monaco. His betrothed has iconic shoes to fill, stepping into a role left vacant since the death of much-beloved Princess Grace in a car crash in 1982. AP.

Charlene Wittstock: Nice Matin's exclusive interview  nicematin.com 14 Jul 10 After the announcement of her engagement on June 23 last, the future first lady of Monaco today broke her silence. Exclusive to Nice-Matin, Charlene Wittstock reveals her passions and her ambitions. Interview. Q:Your engagement was officially announced June 23, 2010, how do you feel? “I feel great joy and emotion... I'll do anything to be worthy of its expectations.” Q: Do you imagine yourself already in your role as Princess? “For more than four years, I have learnt about Monaco, its different populations - there are more than 124 nationalities - and I really love this country... Deep in my heart, it is already my country.

Monaco’s Prince Albert sees summer 2011 wedding  lasvegassun.com 30 Jun 10 Monaco will see a royal wedding in the summer of 2011, Prince Albert II was quoted as saying as his future father-in-law described him a "nice chap." Albert expressed hope that the population of his tiny Riviera principality will "welcome with kindness" his future bride, Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa who is 20 years his junior. "I know the Monagasque population was waiting for this moment," Albert, 52, told the Nice-Matin newspaper in his first comments since the engagement announcement. He still gave no exact date for the wedding. AP.

Prince Albert of Monaco to marry S.African swimmer  AFP 23 Jun 10 Prince Albert II of Monaco, long one of Europe's most eligible bachelors, finally announced his much anticipated engagement to South African champion swimmer Charlene Wittstock. A brief statement from the palace in the 52-year-old's tiny Mediterranean statelet confirmed the engagement, but did not put a date on the eventual wedding, which courtiers will be hoping might produce a legitimate heir. Wittstock is 20 years Albert's junior and a school teacher. She is also a former Commonwealth 100 metres backstroke champion who has appeared on the prince's arm at several society events in Monaco, a Riviera millionaire's playground. Jean-Michel Cadiot.

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