Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Wedding
Charlène Wittstock (33), the athletic south-African lady, who turned Prince Albert of Monaco (53) head in 2000 when she attended a swimming event in Monaco, walked into the courtyard of the medieval Palace of Monaco, on the 2nd of July, in an exquisite Armani Privé duchesse silk dress, to be married to Prince Albert in a Catholic ceremony.
Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi, Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, who is a father of two kids born out of wedlock, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Alexandre Coste, finally decided to give his lovely fiancée the title of “Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco”.
Wittstock’s day started in her suite at the Hermitage Hotel where she was joined by Roberta Armani, Giorgio’s niece. A civil marriage arrangement took place before the religious wedding.
The dress took three seamstresses 2,500 hours to make and featured a five-meter-long train adorned with 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother-of-pearl teardrops.
Charlène’s hair was swept up into a tight chignon. “I’m not wearing a tiara,” she said. “Instead, Princess Caroline has lent me some beautiful diamond hair clips which belonged to her grandmother. I did have a tiara made by Van Cleef & Arpels but I decided to put it on display at the Oceanographic Museum, and I will wear it for my first official engagement.” (reference: vogue.com)
Princess Caroline was magnificent in pale-pink Chanel Couture and her daughter, fledgling fashion icon Charlotte Casiraghi, wore a fitted pink Chanel suit with tiny diamante buttons. Model Karolina Kurkova also opted for Chanel—a navy silk dress and coat that featured a train of its own.
Naomi Campbell, who had flown in straight from Kate Moss’s nuptials the day before was sensational in a full-length Alexander McQueen.
The royal contingent included newlyweds Prince Daniel Westin and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Farah Diba (wife of the late Shah of Iran). On a presidential level, French President Nicolas Sarkozy attended without his lovely wife for pregnancy reasons, and Mrs. Bernadette Chirac (french President Jacques Chirac wife). Also, Sophie Wessex, Prince Edward’s wife, who has become close to Charlène, represented Britain in a chic taupe shift dress and feathered hat.
Following an emotional ceremony in which Andrea Bocelli serenaded guests, the royal couple drove off in a custom-made Lexus hybrid to change for the evening festivities.
Princess Charlène emerged in another Armani Privé creation for the official wedding dinner and ball at the Opera Garnier.
Celebrated French-born chef Alain Ducasse prepared the multi-course dinner for 650, which took place on the sea-view terraces of the Opera House and nearby Fairmont Hotel.
Karolina Kurkova was exquisite in an electric raspberry Sophie Theallet, accessorized with dangling sapphire earrings by Irene Neuwirth.
Prince Albert concluded the formalities with a heartfelt speech to his new princess. “It has been a very emotional journey to this day, sometimes not an easy one,” he said. “Charlène, 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 centre piece of the banquet was a towering wedding cake, made of 50 kilos of strawberries and 2,000 edible blossoms including Proteas, South Africa’s national flower in honor of Charlène.
The dance floor music was played by DJ Donna D’Cruz.
Tout le bohneur!