Archive | April 4, 2011

H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock Attend a Grand State Dinner in Ireland

This evening in Dublin, Ireland, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock attended a lovely gala dinner at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, Ireland.

The state gala dinner was attended by various local dignitaries and other VIP people.  The dinner was hosted by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

To view photos from tonight’s gala dinner please click the links: Photos and more photos.

To read a nice article about the state visit from the Irish Times please click the link: Article.

To watch two video clips of Prince Albert and Charlene in Ireland please click the links: Video and another Video

Photos courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin

Details About the Upcoming Princely Wedding in Monaco

With less than four months to go before the princely wedding in Monaco between H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock, new information about the nuptials has been released.

First, the official website for the Palais Princier de Monaco has been redesigned (it looks a hellva lot better.)

Second, they decided to add more detailed information about the wedding including lots of pretty photos (even though there already is a separate website for the princely wedding come July 1 and 2, 2011 which you can view here) of the couple.

Per the Palais Princier de Monaco:

FRIDAY 1st JULY

5.00pm: The civil wedding will take place in the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace. It will be celebrated by Mr Philippe Narmino, President of the Council of State. Mr Philippe Narmino is the Ruling Family’s Registrar.
The Monegasques will be able to follow the ceremony on giant screens located on Palace Square. The Square will be accessible to Monegasques and their families from 4pm onwards.

5.50pm: After the ceremony, the newly-wedded couple will appear on the balcony of the Salon des Glaces in order to salute the Monegasques.

6.00pm: A cocktail buffet will be offered to the Monegasques on Palace Square. The Mayor of Monaco will present the gift of the Monegasques to the couple.

The Mairie of Monaco will send the invitations to the Monegasques during the second half of April.

8.00pm: The residents of the Principality will be invited to a reception on the Port.

10.30pm: A large concert will be offered by the newly-wedded couple on the Port. Jean-Michel Jarre will present a unique sound and light show.  A very large audience is expected. To this effect, the SNCF will increase its train services and the car parks will be free.

SATURDAY 2nd JULY

5.00pm: The religious wedding will take place in the Main Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace. Miss Wittstock will walk arm in arm with her father along a red carpet, from the Caserne des Carabiniers to the altar. Mass will be celebrated by Monseigneur Barsi. The gates of the Palace will remain open in order to allow around 3500 seated persons to follow the ceremony, which will be broadcast on giant screens on the Palace Square.

6.30pm: The couple will leave the Palace for the Sainte Dévote church in order for the Princess to leave her bouquet.
The public will be able to gather all along the procession route in order to congratulate the couple.  The procession will follow the avenue de la Porte-Neuve, avenue du Port and the boulevard Albert Ier, and will return to the Palace following the same route.   Giant screens will be installed in the Principality in order to enable the widest audience possible to follow the religious ceremony and the procession of the couple.

9.00pm: The official dinner, which will be followed by a ball, will take place at the Oceanographic museum.

Midnight: A fireworks display will conclude this dinner, which will also have various styles of music.
***Other information***

Friday 1st July and Saturday 2nd July will both be public holidays. However, in order to fulfil the expectations of the public, the restaurants and shops of the Principality will be able to remain open.  Exemptions will be examined for shops of over 30 employees.
Miss Wittstock and the Catholic religion

Miss Charlene Wittstock, who professes Christian faith, has been admitted through a free and personal decision into full communion in the Catholic church.

Wedding gifts

For Their wedding, the princely couple do not wish to receive gifts but request that donations be made to foundations and associations. The allocation of the donations received on the accounts specially opened to this effect will be communicated in September.

Wedding souvenirs

These will be available at the start of May.

Lexus – partner of the wedding

Through his involvement in the protection of the environment, the Sovereign has chosen a hybrid vehicle of the Lexus brand to ride to the Church of Sainte Dévote (the Patron Saint of the Principality), where the Princess will leave her bouquet. By a Sovereign Decision of 5th January 2011, the Prince granted the title of Official Supplier to this car manufacturer.

 

 

So there you have it.  You are now up to date with the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco.  And, I must say that I am happy to hear that the couple have decided to ask their guests to donate money or whatever it may be to charitable foundations.  Also, I am happy to hear that the Prince will be driven in a Hybrid car after the ceremony to the Sainte Dévote church.  However, if Prince Albert deems himself so environmentally conscious then why in the hell is he having a massive fireworks bruhaha?

To view the redesigned Palais Princier de Monaco website as well as to read more info about the wedding please click the link Palais.mc

You can watch the wedding live online here.

Source: Palais Princier de Monaco Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Handout/Getty Images Europe

Charlene Wittstock: She’s Catholic Now!

On Sunday evening the Palais Princier de Monaco announced that Miss Charlene Wittstock, the fiancée to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, has converted to Catholicism.  According to TF1 News:

‘Miss Charlene Wittstock who professes the Christian faith, has been admitted by free and personal choice into full communion with the Catholic Church,’according to a statement from the palace

Good for her.

Source: Palais Princier de Monaco and TF1.fr Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Getty Images Europe

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Have Arrived in Ireland: Day One

On March 4, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, arrived in Ireland this afternoon and were soon greeted by the President, Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain in “…Dublin’s Phoenix park.” After a 21-gun salute, national anthems played, the royal couple along with their hosts signed a welcome book.

According to the Irish newspaper, The Independent:

Government officials have said the visit will reflect the long-standing ties between Ireland and Monaco and underline the potential for future co-operation in business, environment, research, education, tourism and culture.

The prince was introduced to the Irish reception party which included Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ireland’s ambassador to Monaco Paul Kavanagh, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Defence Forces’ Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sean McCann.

He also met the children from St Joseph’s, before attending a private meeting with President McAleese, her husband, Ms Wittstock, Mr. Kavanagh, and Monaco’s honorary counsel in Dublin Howard Kilroy.

Prince Albert then planted an Irish oak in the garden of the Aras, accompanied by President McAleese and the school children.

He left for his next engagement at the Garden of Remembrance in central Dublin with a motorcycle escort.

Security was tight around the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial garden in Dublin’s north inner city which honours the memory of all those who gave their lives for Irish freedom.

Albert was greeted by Defence Minister Alan Shatter and walked the length of the garden past the cross-shaped water feature with Lt Gen McCann. His fiancee followed, escorted by Brigadier General Dennis Murphy.

The prince stumbled slightly as he walked up the steps towards the large sculpture based on the theme of the Children of Lir. (Independent.ie,)


This state visit will last three days and the royal couple will have a packed schedule.   More information is coming through the news wire so stay tuned.

To read more about the arrival of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, please click the links: Irish TimesIndependent.ie, and The Independent

To view the many photos from today please click the links:  Photos galorephotos, and more.

Source: The Independent Photo courtesy of: Day Life via Reuters by Cathal McNaughton

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock in Ireland

Tomorrow (or rather today) in Ireland, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, officially begin their state visit to the emerald island.  According to the Press Association, the couple will be officially greeted by:

President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese will formally welcome the Prince at Aras an Uachtarain tomorrow morning and kick-start a series of engagements in Dublin.

After the official greeting, a bunch of air kissing, hand shaking, and head nods the princely entourage and Irish politicians will have a lovely lunch at Iveagh House.  After lunch there will be a meeting “…between the Taoiseach and Prince Albert in Government Buildings.” (MS) It is unknown what Miss Wittstock will do, perhaps shopping or meeting the locals, but one this is for sure… there will be loads of photos of her doing something.  Or, not.

Anyway…

The purpose of the visit, according to the Irish government news service, Merrion Street, is to:

…strengthen relations between Ireland and Monaco and help to explore the undoubted opportunities for increasing trade, tourism and investment links between the two countries.

Source: Press Asscociation and Merrion Street.ie Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin