Friday, July 8, 2011

Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Marry

Last week saw yet another spectacular Royal wedding, and one that i was truly looking forward to because i've spent a bit of time in Monaco, France. On Saturday 2 July, Prince Albert of Monaco married former South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock.

For the Catholic service at the Prince's Palace, Charlene wore an off-the-shoulder Giorgio Armani Prive gown made from 130 metres of silk. With a regal 5 metre train, the gown was adorned with 40,000 swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops. Charlene opted for a diamond hair piece as opposed to a royal tiara.

Following an emotional ceremony where Andrea Bocelli serenaded guests, the couple left in a custom-made Lexus hybrid to change for the evening festivities. Princess Charlene then emerged in another Armani creation, a silk chiffon gown with an ethereal four tier train.

At the reception Prince Albert made an honest and heart-felt speech to his Princess, "It has been a very emotional journey to this day, sometimes not an easy one," he said. "Charelene thank you for putting up with my inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies. You are a wonderful woman. Marrying you is the best decision I've ever taken. I'm happy to share my life with you."
The speech alone has made this a winner in my eyes.

The couple emerge in their reception attire...

Princess Charlene's wedding dress sketches by Giorgio Armani

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