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Prince Albert & Charlene's Wedding Menu Previewed | Charlene Wittstock

Prince Albert & Charlene's Wedding Menu Previewed

Originally posted 06/19/2011 04:00PM

He's keeping mum about the menu, but award-winning chef Alain Ducasse is dropping a few tantalizing hints about what he plans to prepare for the July 2 wedding of Monaco's Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock.

"We decided to do something sustainable, local and ethical," the French chef, who lives in Monaco, tells the Associated Press. "Prince Albert is very interested in protecting the Mediterranean, its flora and fauna. It's something of an obsession."

So, when it comes to the menu, "It's going to be like the essence of the Mediterranean Sea, its tastes, its smells and its colors – fresh line-caught fish, garden vegetables and fruits for dessert," says Ducasse, 54.

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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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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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