Another Television Documentary About H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene WIttstock

Here is the documentary by the German network, ZDF, about H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock. So far the program is well done; commentary from Charlene’s family and friends as well as from Prince Albert’s friend journalist, Stéphane Bern.

Click to watch Part One.  

For those of you who may be having trouble connecting to the direct link click here and search.  You should be able to figure it out from there.

Part Two of this documentary will air later.  I’ll let you know when it does.

Or, not.

Also, the program will re-air both part 1 and 2 on ZDF on June 30, 2011.

Another stupid news report from ZDF.

You’re welcome.

Photo courtesy of: I don’t freaking remember.

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Monaco Princely Wedding: Miscellaneous News, Information, and Updates

Well, it is only eleven days until the mega wedding of the millennium in the principality of Monaco, and every newspaper in and around the country is a buzz with gossip about the latest details.

In the newspaper, Monaco-Matin, there is a nice article about the massive fireworks show that will take place after the reception at the Salle Garnier Opera.  The not-so-environmentally friendly fireworks show will be a:

…symphony… a shower of gold, large murals in pyrotechnical mirror on the Mediterranean.’ Theme is: love, of course, the show is called, ‘Speak to Me of Love.’

Meanwhile all the gorgeous flowers, which include Peonies and Roses, have been ordered — duh — and will soon be arranged. Christian Carlesi-Sorasio is a member of the florist team (a team made up of 14 professional florists from Monaco) whose own grandfather “… had made the floral decorations of the marriage of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.”

Mr. Carlesi-Sorasio also explains some of the details of the  floral arrangements that will be showcased (if that is the right word to use) in the Palais Princier de Monaco courtyard and at the Salle Garnier Opera.  Per Monaco-Matin:

Each place will not be decorated in the same way.  They are completely different. Many factors come into play: the volume of parts, but also the brightness now. For the evening, we have provided some surprises.

He remains quiet about the intricate details of the ceremony on July 2.  But, for the religious ceremony he will say that sobriety is required. Garlands of flowers will highlight the architecture of the palais. The dominant color is obviously white. Peonies, Avalanche Roses, green and white Hydrangeas, Casablanca Lilies will accompany a white flower that is typical of South Africa as a nod to the bride.  A total of 12,000 flowers will be used over the princely wedding.  However, the secret remains intact on the bridal bouquet…

In special edition of the French magazine, Point du Vue, the engaged couple are featured, again.  Inside there is a nice article and other stuff.  Here is a brief synopsis:

For the past few weeks, Charlene Wittstock has taken up residence at Roc-Agel, the private residence of the Grimaldi family, which sits high above the principality.  This retreat is welcome for her which gives her privacy. Only family and close friends are allowed at Roc-Agel, a large place located in a mountainous area, safe from prying photographers.

It is in this house where Princess Grace liked to spend her weekends.  The princess once said, ‘Roc-Agel is a mixture of several things. This is initially a Provence-style, but we have added a lot of ideas. It’s a house of relaxation, without protocol, where one can indulge in what he or she likes to do..’  Princess Grace spent of her free time at the house where she let her creativity in the arts flow.  Prince Rainier isolated himself in his sculpture studio.

For those who missed RTL’s interview with Pierre de Vuyst from the program, Palace Royale, you can read the transcript in French here.  I’ll translate it for you later.  Actually, I won’t.   🙂

Finally, here is an updated guest-list of the royals attending the princely wedding in Monaco so far:

  1. Denmark: T.R.H.s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.
  2. Sweden: T.M.s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, T.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, H.R.H. Prince Carl Phillip, and H.R.H. Princess Madeleine
  3. Norway: T.R.H.s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  4. Netherlands: T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
  5. United Kingdom: T.R.H.s The Earl and Countess of Wessex (allegedly)
  6. Liechtenstein: H.S.H. Prince Alois and H.R.H. Princess Sophie
  7. Belgium: Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, T.R.H.s Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, and H.R.H. Princess Astrid.
  8. France: The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme
  9. Portugal: The Duke and Duchess of Bragança
  10. Italy: The Duke and Duchess of Castro (Bourbon-Two Sicilies)
  11. Other royal and princely houses from Germany.
  12. Serbia: Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia (source)
  13. Romania: Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania (source)
  14. Luxembourg:  Has not officially confirmed, yet.  However, I believe T.R.H.s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will attend.
  15. Russia: Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna (source)
  16. Italy: T.R.H.s Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clotilde of Savoy
  17. Italy: Prince Vittorio Emmanuele  and Marina Doria (Savoy)

Sources: Monaco-Matin and Point de Vue

Photos courtesy of: Reuters/Eric Gaillard Point de Vue and Monaoc-Matin by Franck Fernandes

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Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: The Six Minute Interview with Euronews and a Ten Hour Interview with France 3. Two Incredibly Long Interviews in French and English

Recently, Euronews journalist, Isabelle Kumar, met with the future princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, and her fiancé, H.S.H. Prince Albert at the Palais Princier de Monaco for a lengthy interview.

The interview is quite interesting so please click the link here to watch.  

The couple also chatted with the French network, France3, for an incredibly long time.  Click here to watch.

Another interview this time with Stéphane Bern and Marie Drucker. Click here to watch the video.

Also, it is rumored that the princely wedding in Monaco will air live on the Palais Princier de Monaco’s website here on July 1 and 2, 2011.

Photos courtesy of: Hola.com
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Monaco Princely Wedding: The Televised Schedule (France Only). Plus, Other Information

 Mariage Princier à Monaco : les chaînes de télévision à la noce les 1er et 2 juillet 2011

Per the French magazine, Premiere, here is the television schedule for the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco.    Click here to read.  

For those who do not speak French here is a translation:

French TV channels will broadcast the wedding ceremony live! The festivities will start Friday 1st July 2011 at 17h with the civil wedding of Prince Albert II, 52, and Charlene, 33, in the Throne Room of the Palace.

The next day, Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 17h still, the Archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Bernard Barsi, will conduct their religious union in the courtyard of the Palais.

TF1 

TF1 will offer a special program on Saturday, July 2 live Monaco from 16h to 19h45.  Your hosts will be Jean-Claude Narcy, Sandrine Quétier, Jean-Pierre Foucault, Nikos Aliagas and Denis Brogniart. Claire Chazal offer year a wrap-up edition at 13h and JT LCI Will broadcast another special edition at 16h.

TF1 link

France 2 

For its part, France 2 will be live from the Palais Square in Monaco on July 2. Three for hours, from 3:45 pm to 6:45 pm, Marie Drucker and Stephen Bern will host a special program with special reporters in Monaco. Together, they will have journalist and writer Jean Cars, and the journalist Philippe Harouard as special guests.

Also, thanks to a special relationship with the Prince Albert, Stéphane Bern, France 2’s lead host, will have an exclusive interview with the royal couple. Bern will also introduce viewers to the behind the scenes and preparations for this event.  Finally, Mr. Bern was commissioned by Prince Albert to organize a special exhibit about the marriage entitled ‘The History of the Royal Wedding’.  The exhibition will be held at the Musee Oceanographic in Monaco from July to November 2011.

France 2 link

Finally, the second official website for the princely wedding is now available online.  The site is a fantastic source of information for those planning on visiting Monaco prior to and during the wedding.  For example, there are sections about shopping, restaurants, local culture, hotels, the schedule for the princely nuptials including information about the Jean Michel Jarre as well as Eagles concerts and much more.  Please click here to view.

Photo courtesy of: Premiere.FR

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Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: A Televised Interview with Euronews

Recently, Euronews journalist, Isabelle Kumar, sat down with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his lovely fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, to discuss their upcoming nuptials.

Click here to watch. 

Photo courtesy of:  Madame Figaro

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Charlene Wittstock, Future Princess of Monaco, featured in the July 2011 Issue of U.S. Vogue

With less than three weeks before her marriage to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco the lovely Miss Charlene Wittstock was photographed by famed photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, for the July 2011 edition of U.S. Vogue.  Here are two images of the future Princess of Monaco, from the issue:.

Many thanks to Lucy from fantastic forum, The Fashion Spot, for providing the scans.   🙂

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Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attend the Final Day of the Mere Nostrum Swimming Competition in Monaco

On June 12, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended the final day of the Mere Nostrum International Swimming Competition in Monaco.

The couple were present during yesterday’s meet, and this afternoon they were there not only to watch, but to also hand out medals to the winners.

Finally, there is a nice article from the French newspaper, Journal du Dimanche, where the couple discuss their hopes to have a family  “… soon…”  Here is more of what they had to say:

How do you feel?  There are only three weeks until your marriage?

 Albert II: We cannot wait to get married, but we have so many things to do before.  My work continues despite our upcoming marriage. I don’t feel any particular stress upon the approach to our marriage. We are very relaxed.

Charlene Wittstock: I’m in the same state of mind that any woman feels upon her marriage. We’re committed to life, it is not something to take lightly.  Some brides stress.  Others, do not.  I feel calm…

But you are not marrying just anyone, you will soon become a princess … 

Charlene: Yes, but I won’t let that pressure take a hold of me.

What will be your role [as the future princess?] 

Charlene: My role will be defined once I am married. Although I have learned, during five years in Monaco, the proper palace protocol, the habits as well as the customs of the principality. Today, I feel ready.

Albert: I let Charlene find herself and find identity here in the principality. [Before coming/living here in the principality of Monaco] She was already very involved in humanitarian causes for the youth. Moreover, she already has an established role in the sports world.  Recently, she was appointed the Ambassador for Special Olympics, a foundation dedicated athletes with disabilities worldwide.

You are both great athletes, are you talking about sport together? 

Charlene: All the time! This is one of the many things we have in common. It is sports that has truly united us.

Miss Wittstock do you feel apart of Monaco?  

Charlene: I’m starting to get to know people from the principality.  Now, I truly feel that I have found my where I have bearings here.  Much more than in the early years. Today, I feel apart of the family here in the principality.

You are from South Africa.  Do you miss your native country? 

Charlene: South Africa is a part of me and will always be. In my heart I’ll always be South African, although today, Monaco is my new country and home.

This marriage is a way for you to give another image of Monaco? 

Albert: Although this is not its primary purpose, this marriage will help correct the image of Monaco, a country that has always suffered from stereotypes. To better know the identity of Monaco and its values, its economic, social, cultural, humanitarian, sports, environmental.  The power of attraction of Monaco will be strengthened.

Your Serene Highness, you’re close to your sisters.  What is the relationship between Caroline, Stephanie and your future wife, Charlene? 

Albert: We’re really lucky.  I not only get along very well with the Charlene’s family, but Charlene works perfectly with mine. In the end, it all came naturally.

In my family we have a great team spirit. Charlene is apart of this team has all the support from my sisters.

Charlene: I’m very comfortable with the prince’s sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie. We get along well and they are strong women, great mothers.

A happy event promises to be there? 

Albert: Well when you say children and you look at me, I’m not the one carrying them.

Charlene: I love children.  We definitely want children and we hope to have a children soon.

If you would like to read the article in French you may do so here.  Or, if you want the Cliff Notes version from the Washington Post newspaper via the Associated Press simply click here.

To view photos from the Mere Nostrum International Swimming competition please click the link here. 

Source and photo courtesy of:  Daylife Reuters/Eric Gaillard

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Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attend the Mare Nostrum Swimming Competition in Monaco. And, Other News

This afternoon, June 11, 2010, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended the Mare Norstrum International Swimming Competition in Monaco.  The event lasts until June 12, 2011 at the Stade Louis II (Prince Louis Stadium.)

To view photos from today’s event please click the links here and here (for the last link type in the words “Charlene Wittstock” and voila!)

In other news, on June 10, 2011, the future princess of Monaco attended the GYN2011 conference at the Hotel Fairmont in Monaco.  To view photos please click the link here.

Sources: City Out Monaco and Royal Monaco

Photo courtesy of:  Palais Princier de Monaco

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock: The French and Belgian Televised Interviews

Recently, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his lovely fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, sat down with French journalists, Julien Migaud-Muller and Thomas Misrachi from BFMtv, to discuss their relationship and “…desire to have children…”

To watch a clip from the interview please click here.  Plus, the Thomas de Bergeyck interview here and here.

Source: Plurielles.fr

Photo courtesy of:  Madame Figaro by Karl Lagerfeld

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TF1 Video Report About the Upcoming Princely Wedding in Monaco and Other News

As you know (or not) the French television network, TF1, will be airing the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco between H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock for those living in France on July 1 and 2, 2011 (sorry, at this time it is unknown if the network will open up their online stream to those living outside of France.)

Recently, TF1 aired a report about all those lovely souvenirs on display, and for purchase, throughout the principality.  Anyway, the network interviewed several Monégasques as well as tourists asking their thoughts about the upcoming princely nuptials.   Click here to watch the news report.  The link may work for some, but not others, so please keep that in mind.   🙂

Finally, the American newspaper, San Francisco Examiner, ran a story this afternoon about the princely wedding’s chef extraordinaire, Alain Ducasse.  Mr. Ducasse spoke to the press on June 8, 2011, whereupon discussed his first meeting with H.S.H. Prince Albert as well as some of the food the royal, noble, and VIP guests will be feasting on during the new Prince and Princess of Monaco’s religious wedding reception at the Salle Garnier.  Here is a snippet of what he had to say:

… the veteran cook admits his blood pressure is rising ahead of next month’s royal wedding in Monaco, where he will prepare a multi-course gala dinner for Prince Albert, bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock, and their 500 A-list guests.
“I’ve done gala dinners before, but never an official meal for a head of state. It’s a first for me,” Ducasse told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday in Paris.
Asked whether he was feeling daunted by the task, the chef nodded, although he vowed to “share my stress.
“I’m going to pass it along to those I work with,” he said, laughing. 

While being careful not to divulge exactly what’s on the menu for the three-course meal, Ducasse revealed just enough to make the mouth water.
“Prince Albert is very interested in protecting the Mediterranean, its flora and its fauna. It’s something of an obsession,” Ducasse said. “We decided to do something sustainable, local and ethical.”
“It’s going to be like the essence of the Mediterranean Sea, its tastes, its smells and its colors … fresh line-caught fish, garden vegetables and fruits for dessert,” he said.
Besides the Champagne, which comes from the eponymous region of northeast France, and a South African red wine honoring the bride’s roots, nearly all ingredients will be sourced from a 6-mile (10-kilometer) radius from Monaco — a tiny concrete hive of high-rises, Art Deco casinos and five-star hotels.
The honey will come from Monaco’s very own urban bee hives and the fish — all local species, none of them threatened with extinction — are to be line-caught hours before they’re served up, Ducasse said.
The vegetables, a sun-drenched medley of local staples including tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, are being grown at the prince’s own farm, and will never suffer the indignity of refrigeration, being harvested just hours before the dinner.
Ducasse said Prince Albert invited him to prepare the gala dinner in a mystery-cloaked meeting in the Monegasque embassy in Paris last February.
“I didn’t know what it was about, but I was hoping it was about the wedding,” said Ducasse, who was born in France but officially became a citizen of Monaco three years ago. “I told him, ‘my lord, I took the liberty of already preparing a menu, so as not to waste time.'”
The menu got the princely stamp of approval: Both Prince Albert and Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer, sampled the meal and “they liked it, which is a relief,” Ducasse said.
He said he’ll also be in charge of preparing the post-festivities brunch on July 3, in conjunction with Monaco’s other celebrity chef, Joel Robuchon.
To read the article in its entirety please click the link here. 
Photo courtesy of: Palais.mc
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Charlene Wittstock, The Future Princess of Monaco: Part Two Interview from ZDF

Here is part two from the SABC3/ZDF interview with the future Princess of Monaco, the beautiful Charlene Wittstock.  In this segment, Miss Wittstock discusses sports as well as the prince’s passion for athletics and charity work.

Click here to watch.  

Part One is here in case you missed it.

Any way, there is only 23 days to go until the princely wedding in Monaco!

Finally, if you would like to sign the Gold Livre d’Or (guest book) wishing the couple congratulations you may do so at the couple’s official Facebook page for the princely wedding here.  According to the site, “…Your messages will personally be read by the Princely Couple.”   🙂

Source: ZDF.de

Photo courtesy of: Palais.mc and Le Mariage de Monaco.

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The Future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, Gives Another Interview

top-billing-charlene-wittstock-jo-ann-strauss-royal-monaco-wedding-002Recently, the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, gave an interview to journalist from SABC3 in South Africa as part of their upcoming special about the princely wedding.  The German television network, ZDF, aired a portion of the interview from SABC3 weeks before their own two-part documentary entitled, Eine Fursten fur Monaco: Die Hochzeit von Albert & Charlene, that will air on June 21 and 30, 2011.

Here is a snippet from the SABC3/ZDF interview where Charlene speaks about her “second” wedding in Durban, South Africa, her dress, her future role, and other stuff.   Click here to watch. 

Thanks to journalist Thinus Ferreira from South Africa for the photo.     🙂

Read more here.

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Monaco Princely Wedding: The ZDF Television Schedule

With less than three and a half weeks until the princely wedding in Monaco between H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock, the German television network, ZDF, has released their programming schedule for the wedding.

Phew… long sentence.  Sorry about that.   🙂

On June 21 and 30, 2011,  ZDF will air a two-part documentary about the couple entitled, Eine Fursten fur Monaco: Die Hochzeit von Albert & Charlene.  Part One will focus on Miss Wittstock, her life in South Africa, her swimming career and much more.  The commentors in the documentary include many of Miss Wittstock’s close friends and family.  Part Two, entitled Countdown: To the Fairytale Wedding (something like that)  which focuses on the couple’s relationship and of course their upcoming nuptials.

On July 1, 2011, ZDF will have a special about the civil wedding.  Then on July 2, 2011, the television network will show the entire religious wedding in Monaco beginning at 2:30pm hours before the ceremony is to begin hosted by Karen Webb and Norbert Lehmann.

To read more, in German, click the link: Wedding schedule 

Photo courtesy of:  TF1.fr

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