Today we bring you one of 2011’s most lavish and extravagant wedding ceremonies. Prince Albert of Monaco, the son of iconic beauty Grace Kelly and Rainier III, wed Charlene Wittstock this year in an opulent two-day ceremony. The couple became engaged in 2010, when Prince Albert proposed to the former Olympic swimmer with a spectacular ring. Designed by French jeweller Repossi, it features an incredibly large pear-shaped diamond, and is certainly fit for a princess!
The wedding took place in a two-day event this July, with both a civil and religious ceremony. After wearing a sky blue suit which she designed with Karl Largerfeld for the civil ceremony, Charlene dazzled in a breath-taking Armani dress for the religious service. It has been reported that the gown, featuring 20,000 pearl tear drops and 40,000 Swarovski crystals, took a team of Armani’s designers an incredible 2,500 hours to prepare.
The couple said their vows in front of 850 guests at the Prince’s Palace, including Royalty and iconic figures such as Karl Largerfeld, Roger Moore and Giorgio Armani. They then exchanged white gold and platinum Cartier wedding bands. After the ceremony, the Prince and Princess walked to the nearby Sainte Devote Church where they honoured tradition by laying down Charlene’s bridal bouquet.
Rumours surrounding this Royal wedding were rife throughout. Claims that Princess Charlene tried to flee to her native country of South Africa were dismissed by the palace as being cruel gossip, but yet further reports suggested that the couple ended their honeymoon early, and may have even stayed in separate hotels. However, both Prince Albert and Charlene looked overjoyed on the day of their wedding, and we hope the couple live happily ever after.