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People were wondering yesterday so I thought I would make a post :)
(apologies for current basicness will add pictures as they appear!)
Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock marry amid rumours that the former Olympic swimming star tried to call off the wedding at the last minute. The 53-year-old prince and his South African bride are being married in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Monaco Cathedral. The pair also tied the knot in a civil ceremony, in Monte Carlo, on Friday. In Saturday's religious ceremony the bride entered the cathedral in a white dress and veil, with a 15-foot train behind her.
But the excitement of the two events was marred by reports that Miss Wittstock had second thoughts about becoming Her Serene Highness and fled to Nice airport with a one-way ticket home. It was suggested she had found out a secret about Albert, who has two children with other women but is yet to produce a legitimate heir.
Miss Wittstock, 33, was apparently intercepted by royal aides and persuaded to stay, before Monaco's royal palace dismissed the claims.
"These rumours have no other goal than to severely damage the reputation of the monarch and thereby that of Miss Wittstock and severely undermine this happy event," a statement said. The bride's father added that she did leave Monaco earlier this week – but only to head to Paris for some pre-wedding shopping with her mother.
The wedding was attended by the great and the good of Monaco and royal relatives and friends from all over the world, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex. James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore, France's richest man Bernard Arnault and fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli and Giorgio Armani were also on the guest list. Composer Jean Michel Jarre took a starring role in a concert after the civil ceremony and an extravagant fireworks display lit up the sky of the Cote D'Azur to add to the glamour of the occasion.
After this afternoon's religious wedding comes a dinner prepared by Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse and a grand ball.
The couple initially met in 2001 while Miss Wittstock was at a swimming competition in Monaco but she was not interested in romance, preferring to concentrate on her sport. Even so she was quoted as saying a year ago that she knew at the time that he was "the one".
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