On the list: Albert’s sisters Princess Caroline with her husband Ernst August of Hanover and Princess Stephanie, Caroline’s children –Charlotte Casiraghi with her boyfriend Alex Dellal, Pierre Casiraghi with girlfriend Beatrice Borromeo (as in the Italian island of Borromeo), Andrea Casiraghi with girlfriend Tatiana Santo Domingo, and Alexandra the littlest who is a princess of Hanvover – not Monaco – via her father, Princess Stéphanie’s children – Pauline Ducruet (who has trained elephants, was a gymnast and a competitive diver), Camille Gotlieb and Louis Ducruet, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Naomi Campbell with Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin, Giorgio Armani (who made the bride’s dress) with Roberta Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Richard Branson, Aston Kutcher & Demi Moore (not sure if they actually showed), Madeline and Carl Philip di Svezia, Isabell Kristensen, actress / princess Clotilde Courau, Donatella Knecht de Massy, Princess and Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Mary of Denmark and husband Prince Frederik of Denmark, Princess Victoria of Sweden and husband Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Countess of Wessex, Yves Piaget, Ines de la Fressange and daughter Nine d’Urso, Roberto & Eva Cavalli. Carlo and Camille di Borbone, Bernadette Chirac (wife of the former French President Jacques Chirac), Karolina Kurkova and more.
Party perks: Firewords, 3500 guests, dinner, Ava Maria sung by Andrea Bocelli, a custom-made Lexus hybrid for the post-wedding drive around the corniches, food at the ball to follow provided by Alain Ducasse, food comes from the estate of Prince Albert that is grown using sustainable practices.
Prince Albert of Monaco is marrying his girlfriend tomorrow in Monaco. While we snoozed during Prince Will’s marriage to Kate, this one will be one to watch mostly because of Albert’s sassy nieces and nephews who are among our most favorite dressed people on the planet. Charlotte, Andrea, Pierre and little Alexandra. They all (except the little one) date interesting people and constantly look amazing (*no embarrassing hat situations at this wedding, we assure you). PS – this title should really read “Monégasque Royal Wedding” but we don’t know if people in the US know that Monégasque is the correct term for someone from Monte Carlo.
From the Royal Forums:
Today, Charlene Wittstock becomes Madame Albert Grimaldi, or Charlene Grimaldi, Princess of Monaco. The new Princess assumes her husband’s rank, per tradition of the patriarchy. From this day forward, people must address Charlene in third person: “How is Her Serene Highness today?” There won’t be anymore, “hey you, how goes it?”
Last night, Monaco was awash in the musical harmonies of the legendary rock band The Eagles. Glenn Fry, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy Bruce Schmit serenaded the princely couple with classic songs like “Hotel California,” which is supposedly among their favorites. The veteran rockers presented the smiling couple with a signed guitar. When Prince Albert kissed the cheek of his bride, Charlene beamed. Perhaps she was thinking, “Take that, tabloids!”
Indeed, as early as the day before, there was a media blitz, ignited by an incendiary story in the French paperL’Express. The paper claimed that Charlene had, one week before, attempted to leave it all — throne, jewels, Armani wardrobe — in the dust, that she was angry because her prince was not the “exemplary” man she believed him to be! The Palace issued vehement denials. The lawyers sprang into action. Thierry Lacoste, chief lawyer for the Prince, said they were suing the paper, that the story was “outrageous” and “rubbish.” Longtime waist-bowing courtier Stephane Bern even told another paper, Le Parisien to be precise, that there were more nasty rumors to follow, that a woman might in the near future “pretend” to be carrying the Prince’s child, but for now, no one could talk about these things before the wedding!
Monaco responds to rumors the bride fled the country days before the wedding:
VIDEO from civil service the day before.