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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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Prince Albert's Fiancée Converts to Catholicism

Prince Albert's Fiancée Converts to Catholicism

Originally posted 04/04/2011 09:30AM

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.
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Monaco's Prince Albert and Bride-to-Be Will Attend British Royal Wedding

Monaco's Prince Albert and Bride-to-Be Will Attend British Royal Wedding

Originally posted 03/22/2011 01:35PM

Another soon-to-be princess will be on hand to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle.

Charlene Wittstock, 33, and her fiancé, Prince Albert, 53, have accepted an invitation to attend their April 29 nuptials at London's Westminster Abbey, almost two months before the South African's own wedding to Albert in Monaco on July 2.

And there's a family connection: Thirty years before, Albert's parents, American-born actress-turned-Princess Grace Kelly and her husband, Prince Rainier, attended the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Unfortunately, William and Kate will not be able to attend Albert's Monaco nuptials as they will be on their first joint overseas tour – to Canada – at the time.

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Armani Designing Wedding Dress for Royals of Monaco

Armani Designing Wedding Dress for Royals of Monaco

Originally posted 01/17/2011 04:30PM

While royal watchers wonder who will make Kate Middleton's wedding dress, the designer of another royal gown has made his intentions known.

Giorgio Armani will dress Charlene Wittstock for her wedding to Monaco's Prince Albert II (the son of the late Grace Kelly and the late Rainer III, Prince of Monaco), the couturier has announced.

According to several Italian newspapers, Armani spoke directly to reporters after his men's fashion collection in Milan on Sunday. "Yes, I want to declare, I will make the wedding dress," he confirmed.

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Princess Stephanie: Charlene Wittstock a 'Dream' Sister-in-Law

Princess Stephanie: Charlene Wittstock a 'Dream' Sister-in-Law

Originally posted 01/13/2011 08:45AM

One happy family as this year's other royal wedding quickly approaches: Monaco's Princess Stephanie and her brother Prince Albert's future wife, Charlene Wittstock, enjoy "very, very good relations. I couldn't dream of a better sister-in-law," says the princess.

Speaking to Le Parisien newspaper for its Thursday editions, the youngest child of the late Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier says she isn't directly involved in the upcoming wedding, to be held starting July 1.

Asked if her input is being sought, the twice-divorced princess, 45, smiled and replied, "Well, no. But that's okay."

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Monaco's Prince Albert and Bride to Marry Outdoors

Monaco's Prince Albert and Bride to Marry Outdoors

Originally posted 12/23/2010 08:45AM

Tradition, be gone: In an unprecedented move, Monaco's Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock will marry in an al fresco religious ceremony at their wedding next year, it was announced by the palace Wednesday.

The July 2, 2011, service will take place in the Palace's Court of Honor. In another new – and uncharacteristic – gesture, palace gates will be left open and giant TV monitors set up to allow some 4,000 people to view the wedding service when it is held in the Place du Palais.

The "religious ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in the courtyard where we have the long staircase," a palace spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "It will be an open-air event."

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Prince Albert Changes His Wedding Date

Prince Albert Changes His Wedding Date

Originally posted 08/02/2010 07:00AM

After the Palace in Monaco announced to the world 10 days ago that Prince Albert II and South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock would marry next year in a July 8 civil ceremony and July 9 religious one, someone has had a change in heart.

Now, the couple will be tying the knot a few days earlier, in ceremonies to take place July 2 and 3.

This switch will allow Albert, 52, and his 32-year old bride to attend the International Olympic Committee meeting in Durban, South Africa, from July 5 until 9.

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Monaco's Prince Albert and Bride-to-Be Finalize Wedding Dates

Monaco's Prince Albert and Bride-to-Be Finalize Wedding Dates

Originally posted 07/22/2010 06:15AM

While early announcements from the Palace in Monaco didn't go beyond stating a general wedding date of next summer, Thursday morning delivered the desired specifics: Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock will marry in a civil ceremony to take place in the Throne Room of Monaco's Pink Palace next July 8.

In addition, said the Palace, on July 9 a religious ceremony will be held for Albert, 52, and Wittstock, 32, "in a site to be confirmed later."

Sources tell PEOPLE that plans call for the religious ceremony – which will be televised – to be held at Monaco's Notre Dame of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

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Prince Albert Sets the Date for His Wedding

Prince Albert Sets the Date for His Wedding

Originally posted 06/24/2010 09:10AM

While Wednesday's official announcement that Prince Albert II of Monaco will marry South African former swimmer Charlene Wittstock provided no wedding date, the groom-to-be wasted no time in spilling the beans.

"The marriage will take place next summer," the longtime bachelor, 52, told Nice-Matin for its Thursday morning editions.

Come the nuptials next year, the two will tie the knot in two ceremonies: an intimate civil service inside the Prince's 235-room palace, and a larger, religious one, in Monaco's Notre Dame of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and which will be televised, sources tell PEOPLE.

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