HSH Prince Albert and Miss Charlene Wittstock: Ceremony Update

I have absolutely no idea why this is considered “new” information (everyone has known about this for some time), but the American magazine, People, finally decided to announce that the Princely religious wedding in Monaco will happen outdoors.

Uh. Duh.

Any way, for those who don’t know HSH Prince Albert of Monaco changed the wedding date a couple of times.  Then when the date was set he decided to change the religious service venue to the courtyard of the Palais Princier de Monaco.  There will be giant TV screens so Monégasques (and perhaps tourists) may watch the wedding.  The guest list will not be released perhaps at least days until the actual two day event.

People magazine is also reporting that Miss Charlene Wittstock is “… considering  [the House of] Christian Dior or Giorgio Armani.” to design her wedding gown.  My guess, between the two, Miss Wittstock will ask Mr. Armani to design her gown.  Though she may shock us all and decide to wear a gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Daylife.com by REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch and Francois Durand/Getty Images.

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Monaco Princely Wedding Dates and Information

Well, the dates for the Princely wedding is now firmly set so mark your calendars.  Per the Palais Princier du Monaco:

The civil marriage will take place on Friday 1st July at 17h in the Throne Room at the Palace. It will be celebrated by Mr Philippe Narmino, Director of Judicial Services and Chairman of the State Council.
Mr. Philippe Narmino is indeed the registrar of the Sovereign Family.

The religious wedding will take place Saturday, July 2, in the courtyard of the Palace, at 17h. Monsignor Barsi celebrate mass.

The doors of the palace will remain open to allow about 4,000 people to attend, sitting at the ceremony broadcast on giant screens.

These two days, Friday and Saturday will be holidays.

This should be a lovely day, if the weather holds up, and I must say that I am disappointed that the religious service will not take place at the beautiful Cathedral in Monaco.  Oh well.

It is unknown at this time how many members from reigning royal houses will attend the Monaco Princely wedding; however, it is safe to assume that members of several non-reigning houses will be present including The Duke and Duchess of Castro (they are close friends with the Sovereign Prince and currently live in Monaco.)

Information courtesy of the Palais Princier du Monaco at www.palais.mc

Photo courtesy of Daylife.com

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An Interview with Miss Charlene Wittstock: The Future Princess of Monaco from the Documentary, ‘Prince Albert II de Monaco: L’Autre Prince’

Several months ago France 2 journalist, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, interviewed HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Miss Charlene Wittstock, at the Palais Princier de Monaco.  In the documentary entitled,  Prince Albert II de Monaco: L’Autre Prince, Prince Albert II discusses his life as well as in detail his first five years as the sovereign Prince of Monaco.

In part seven of the series, Miss Charlene Wittstock appears alongside Prince Albert II.  The interview is quite interesting for those who want to know more about the couple. Click the links below to watch, Albert II de Monaco: L’Autre Prince.


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HSH Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock Attend the Arbre de Noel in Monaco

On December 15, 2010, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco along with his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended the Arbre de Noel for the children in Monaco.  Also in attendance, of course, was HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover and HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

The Arbre de Noel event is a tradition in the tiny principality, and the first time Miss Wittstock participated in the Christmas tree gift giving event.  After a quick photo-op in the courtyard of Palais du Monaco the guests were ushered inside to receive their gifts from the Princely family.   The guests cheered and screamed as Santa Claus entered the room, and the guests were more than happy to receive their presents.

After, the guests spoke with the Princely family and ate yummy food.  Again, many photos were taken and it seems that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Photos courtesy of VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images), and REUTERS/Eric Gaillard at Daylife.com.

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Royal Wedding Update: Double Duty for Austria’s No Problem Orchestra

An Austrian band will be quite busy in 2011.  Why?  The orchestra known as No Problem Orchestra will be performing at both the Royal wedding in Britain as well as Princely wedding in Monaco next year.

The eight member world renowned group, consisting of mentally disabled musicians, were asked to play for both weddings and of course they said, YES!  I mean… who wouldn’t, right?

According to the Austrian Times:

The extraordinary band, who have played gigs in the United States and across Europe, gave a private concert to Queen Elizabeth II at Highgrove House in the British county of Gloucestershire eight years ago. Also in 2002, the No Problem Orchestra performed in Monte Carlo for the first time.

The British royal wedding will take place on April 29, 2011 at Westminister Abbey while the Princely wedding will take place on July 2 and 3 2011.  The venue for the Monaco wedding will be held outside in the Palais du Monaco courtyard.

Source courtesy of the Austrian Times at http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Panorama/2010-12-13/29068/No_Problem_Orchestra_to_rock_Royal_wedding_bashes

Photos courtesy of Palais.mc (Monaco) and  Clarence House/Mario Testino (United Kingdom)

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Charlene Wittstock Attends An Important Event at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco

On December 7, 2010, Miss Charlene Wittstock attended the Action Innocence in Monaco; a benefit were various Christmas trees were auctioned off  for charity.

According to the French newspaper, Nice-Matin, all twenty-nine trees were decorated with jewelry, sweets, and gifts.

Photo courtesy of  Nice-Matin

To read more about this event please visit http://www.nicematin.com/article/monaco/vente-aux-encheres-plus-de-100-000-euros-en-sapins-precieux

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The Wedding Dress: Who Will Design Charlene’s Fairytale Wedding Dress?

That seems to be the question many have wondered these past few months.  Unfortunately, for Charlene there was another major wedding coming in 2011.  Ever since HRH Prince William of Wales announced his engagement to Catherine Middleton the media has been quite enamored by the couple.  Including the all important major question: Who will design the future Queen of England’s wedding dress?  While poor Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, have been pretty much forgotten by the international press.

Nevertheless, there are many royal watchers who are interested to know which designer will have the honor of working with Miss Wittstock regarding the design of her wedding gown.  There are two well-known designers who are the top contenders at this point:  Mr. Karl Lagerfeld and Mr.Giorgio Armani.

Scanning through various fashion sites I really didn’t find much from these two amazing designers, but I did find some interesting couture gowns that could be a wedding gown for Miss Wittstock:

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Couture Spring 2010.  Okay, so, it’s not all that flattering, but the design is memorable… and every bride wants to look unforgettable, no?

Giorgio Armani for Armani Prive.   It is already well-known that Miss Wittstock is the Ambassador for Armani Prive and a close friend of the designer (well, Mr. Armani may think so, but remember Charlene mentioned in the Tatler interview that she only has two friends.  Whether or not that includes Mr. Armani is unknown at this time.)

Of course, there is always Mr. Elie Saab… a favorite among many royals including HRH Crown Princess Victoria and HM Queen Rania of Jordan.

Now, John Galliano for Christian Dior is a long shot, but I think he would be a perfect to design Charlene’s dress, don’t you?

Monique Lhullier is another brilliant designer (at least I think so.  I adore many of her wedding gown designs.)  Like Mr. Galliano and Mr. Saab, Monique is a long shot for the gig.

Now, for some seriously tacky dresses from some designer who is always on that cheesy show on TLC Say Yes to the Dress.   From what I have heard, these dresses are quite popular with strippers.  Miss Wittstock, the future Princess of Monaco, would never wear such vile looking dresses.

Photos courtesy of Style.com, Kleinfeld’s, and Daylife.

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HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and his Fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, Attend the International Forum for Peace and Sport!

Well, there she is!  There is Charlene!!   She looks great!  Very elegant!!

Okay, so about this event.

The engaged couple made another appearance this evening, December 2, 2010, at the 4th Annual International Forum for Peace and Sport Gala dinner. Never heard of this organization?  Yeah, neither have I.

Any way, the couple along with hundreds of attendees gathered together for a lavish dinner in Monaco.  Earlier in the evening Prince Albert attended the opening of the Christmas village in Monaco.  Why he didn’t allow Charlene to attend remains a mystery.

Dressed in a long black body hugging gown, Charlene looked quite happy and relaxed.

Prince Albert, well, he’s quite unfortunate looking… in my opinion.  But, at least he’s losing that extra poundage he’s been carrying around for years.  I suppose being engaged really is a motivation to lose weight.  Let’s hope he keeps it off.

Photos courtesy of Daylife by  Francois Durand.

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