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Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock Are Married

Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock Are Married

Originally posted 07/01/2011 01:10PM

Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock finally put to rest rumors that their wedding was off as they became husband and wife in a civil ceremony at the royal palace on Friday.

Thousands cheered in the palace's plaza as the former Olympic swimmer from South Africa became the Princess of Monaco in a Throne Room ceremony that marks the first day of a two-day affair dubbed the most high-profile event in Monaco since the 1956 wedding of Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.

Images of the prince, 53, dressed in a dark suit, and Wittstock, 33, donning a pale blue suit and diamond earrings, flashed on screens around the palace as they said "oui" to their vows and signed the marriage register.

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Prince Albert & Charlene Wittstock's Wedding Is On – Despite Rumors

Prince Albert & Charlene Wittstock's Wedding Is On – Despite Rumors

Originally posted 06/30/2011 12:00PM

Despite unsettling rumors swirling around Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, the "other royal wedding," believed to cost upwards of $65 million, is still on for this weekend.

The most glamorous, high-profile event in Monaco since the 1956 wedding of Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, kicks off Thursday night with a major concert by the Eagles free for all residents of the tiny principality.

Albert, 53, and his 33-year-old bride-to-be, a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, will wed in a small civil ceremony inside the palace Friday and in a larger religious ceremony in the palace courtyard Saturday.

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Charlene Wittstock Not a Runaway Bride, Says Palace

UpdatePosted 06/28/2011 10:00AM

Charlene Wittstock Not a Runaway Bride, Says Palace

Originally posted 06/28/2011 08:20AM

Forget the story that just days before her wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco this weekend, bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock attempted to escape the impending nuptials, as French news sources have been claiming.

According to the website of the news magazine L'Express, last week Albert's fiancée sought to return home to South Africa "only hours after learning that Albert had not been leading the exemplary life she thought."

Only Christiane Stahl, a chief advisor to Prince Albert at the Monaco Palace, told PEOPLE on Tuesday morning that these rumors – and the printed story – are "completely, completely crazy."

"Please believe me, none of this is true, and we think it comes from utter jealousy," Stahl said. "Charlene never left to go to the airport, nothing like that ever happened. She was never upset and never wanted to stop the wedding."

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Charlene Wittstock Hoping for a Child 'Soon' with Prince Albert

Charlene Wittstock Hoping for a Child 'Soon' with Prince Albert

Originally posted 06/13/2011 06:00AM

With her wedding and honeymoon with Monaco's Prince Albert all planned out, Charlene Wittstock has turned to thoughts of family, as well as her upcoming role as princess.

"I love children," the former South African Olympic swimmer, 33, told the French newspaper JDD this weekend. "A family is in our plans. We hope to have a child soon."

As for becoming a princess, she says: "My role will be defined once I'm married ... During the last five years, I've learned palace protocol, habits and customs of the principality. Today, I feel I'm ready."

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Prince Albert, Charlene Wittstock to Honeymoon in South Africa

Prince Albert, Charlene Wittstock to Honeymoon in South Africa

Originally posted 06/09/2011 08:30AM

What could possibly follow a fairy tale wedding? How about a magical honeymoon at a seaside resort at the other end of the world?

Monaco's Prince Albert and his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, are planning to honeymoon beside the Indian Ocean after their July 1-2 wedding in his principality, say sources at the landmark Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, South Africa.

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Charlene Wittstock Is Learning French for Fiancé Prince Albert

Charlene Wittstock Is Learning French for Fiancé Prince Albert

Originally posted 05/27/2011 09:30AM

How do you say "fairy tale" in French?

As Charlene Wittstock's July wedding to Monaco's Prince Albert II approaches, the future princess says she's living the dream – and learning her "ouis" from her "nons."

"It's a very exciting moment for me," the Rhodesian-born Olympic swimmer, 33, tells Madame Figaro magazine in a translated interview. "I think any woman who is lucky to be loved by the man she loves is living a fairy tale."

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Couples Watch: Jon Hamm Picks Out Sunglasses for His Girlfriend | Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm

Couples Watch: Jon Hamm Picks Out Sunglasses for His Girlfriend

Originally posted 05/23/2011 06:00AM

Jon Hamm and his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt gave each other fashion advice at the Solstice Sunglass Boutique in Cannes, where they were trying on shades beachside. Jennifer ended up picking a '50s-style cat-eye design from Kate Spade that Jon recommended. As she modeled the final selection, he gave his approval.

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Couples Watch: Jon Hamm Picks Out Sunglasses for His Girlfriend | Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm

Couples Watch: Jon Hamm Picks Out Sunglasses for His Girlfriend

Originally posted 05/23/2011 06:00AM

• Jon Hamm and his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt gave each other fashion advice at the Solstice Sunglass Boutique in Cannes, where they were trying on shades beachside. Jennifer ended up picking a '50s-style cat-eye design from Kate Spade that Jon recommended. As she modeled the final selection, he gave his approval.

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Prince Albert & Charlene Wittstock Reveal Their Royal Wedding Plans

Prince Albert & Charlene Wittstock Reveal Their Royal Wedding Plans

Originally posted 05/22/2011 09:00AM

Just when you thought Royal Wedding mania was waning, Monaco's Prince Albert II and his fiancée, Rhodesian-born Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, are gearing up for their own royal nuptials.

Having confirmed their engagement last November, the couple, who say they'll tie the knot July 2 in an open-air ceremony in the courtyard of the Prince's Palace of Monaco, have now previewed some details of their wedding plans with German television broadcaster ZDF.

Prince Albert, 52, said they'd like to host so many family members, friends, heads of state and nobility that Saint Nicholas Cathedral – where his parents, the late Rainer III, Prince of Monaco and Grace Kelly, married in April 1956 – would be too small. The Palace courtyard accommodates some 800 guests, 300 more than could fit in the cathedral.

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