The rich and glamorous principality of Monaco welcomed a new princess after 3 decades of waiting on Saturday (July 2nd). It was another 2011 Royal Wedding to remember.
Former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock married H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Monte Carlo. Wittstock now holds the title once held by Prince Albert II's mother, the wonderful actress (and one of my idols) Grace Kelly.
According to The Huffington Post and People, the religious ceremony was held a day after the royal couple's intimate civil ceremony. Because of the large guest list, the ceremony took place in the prince's royal palace courtyard instead of the cathedral where Prince Albert II's parents, Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly were married in 1956.
That large guest list included many A-list celebrities, politicians, and members of international royal families, including French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, British model Naomi Campbell, and the crown princess of Denmark.
Princess Charlene channeled the elegance of the former Princess Grace by donning a stunning Giorgio Armani Privé boat-neck wedding gown with a 6-yard long train and her hair pulled back in a classic and swirling French twist.
The haute couture gown featured 140 yards of different silks, 40,000 Swarovski crystals, and 20,000 mother-of-pearl beads.
During the ceremony, the couple exchanged their vows in French (which Wittstock intensively studied for a month) and slipped on 18 carat Cartier white gold rings onto each other's fingers. It ended with the new princess, tears streaming down her face, leaving her bouquet of lilies of the valley at the Sainte Devote church, a tradition in Monaco.
33-year-old Wittstock, who is originally from South Africa and competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is now officially Princess Charlene after her marriage to 53-year-old Prince Albert II which has ended Monaco's 3-decade wait for a new princess, after the death of Grace Kelly in 1982.
The royal newlyweds (who aren't Wills & Kate!) will honeymoon in Princess Charlene's home country of South Africa.
So, Lovelies, what do you think of this Royal Wedding of 2011?