Saturday, July 2, 2011

Monaco's big wedding day.

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene.
Today Monaco's ruler Prince Albert II married his Charlene in a religious ceremony in the palace courtyard. Charlene walked down the aisle on the arm of her father in a beautiful, off-white silk Duchesse Armani Privé wedding dress with a long train and a long veil made from off-white silk tulle. The dress was embellished with flowery embroidery and crafted with stones in gold shades, Swarovski crystals and mother of pearls teardrops in white and gold hues. Prince Albert wore the palace guards cream-coloured summer uniform, adorned with three medals, one of the French Legion of Honour, another of the Order of the Grimaldi.

The couple exchanged their vows in French, a language that Charlene intensively studied for one month at the Institut de Francais. Albert winked as he put the ring on her finger, causing Charlene to giggle. After the ceremony the newlyweds were driven to St. Devote chapel in a Lexus hybrid, where according to tradition the bride leaves her wedding bouquet. It was at the St. Devote chapel that Charlene had to cry. According to wedding guest, and longtime friend of Prince Albert, Gildo Pastor "it was one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever seen. They have a wonderful future ahead of them."

Congrats to the newlyweds!

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