Prince Albert's Fiancée Converts to Catholicism

Charlene Wittstock Converts to Catholicism
Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock
Amedeo M. Turello/Principality of Monaco

04/04/2011 AT 09:30 AM EDT

In anticipation of her upcoming wedding to Monaco's Prince Albert II, Charlene Wittstock has converted to Roman Catholicism, the principality's palace announced Sunday.

This step effectively clears the last official hurdle for the couple's July 2 religious marriage ceremony. Wittstock, 33, had been raised Protestant.

"Miss Charlene Wittstock," the palace statement said, "who professes the Christian faith, has been admitted by free and personal choice into full communion with the Catholic Church."

Catholicism is the principality's official religion, and her conversion allows her to enter into a sanctioned marriage with the reigning sovereign. It also meets the constitutional requirements regarding any possible heirs.
Peter Mikelbank

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