Monaco Royal Wedding

The Monaco Royal Wedding is going on smoothly. Vows have been exchanged, the Charlene Wittstock though visibly emotional like any bride is all smiles. Prince Albert could afford to wink at someone in the crowd.

Why the negative tone. With the scandalous rumors that have been doing the rounds, I expected the bride to bolt at the alter. It would have been sad but entertaining I admit.

In the biggest day in Monaco since Albert’s father Rainier III married Hollywood actress Grace Kelly in 1956, Charlene looked stunning in her silk, custom-made Armani dress with a long train as she walked into the Prince’s Palace for the Roman-Catholic ceremony.

The palace said the gown took the Italian designer’s team 2,500 hours to prepare, including 700 hours for the embroidery alone, as “kilometres” of platinum-coated thread was sewn into 130 metres (430 yards) of off-white silk.

Guests for the massive affair included models Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and
Victoria Silvstedt and designer Karl Lagerfeld.

The rings are 18 carat white gold and platinum, made by the House of Cartier.

There was a moment of South African pride when the traditional song commonly called the click song, made famous by Miriam Makeba was sung, wishing the couple good luck.

On the face of it, the couple need a bit of good luck. The Monaco royal clan has an unlucky matrimonial history.

Albert’s mother, US film star Grace Kelly – turned Princess Grace on her marriage to Rainier III – died in a car crash in 1982.

Her daughter Caroline lost her second husband Stephano Casiraghi in a 1990 motorboat accident.

The other royal sister, Princess Stephanie, has also been unlucky in love, in the words of Wednesday’s edition of Le Parisien “marrying almost as often as she falls in love” and finding herself betrayed by her bodyguard lover.

For nine centuries Monaco has been run by the Grimaldi family, the crown passing through the male line. In 2002, fearing Albert would die without an heir, Monaco changed its constitution to allow a princess to inherit.

In the absence of any heir, Monaco would become a French protectorate.


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