The Bride Charlene Wittstock
Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock met Prince Albert II in 2000 at the Mare Nostrum International Swimming Meet in Monaco.
Charlene was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on 25 January 1978. The future Princess moved to South Africa with her parents Michael and Lynette Wittstock and brothers Gareth and Sean when she was 12.Embed from Getty Images
The couple was first seen together in 2006. They went public at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
After a long relationship, The Prince’s Palace of Monaco announced the engagement of Charlene and Albert on 23 June 2010.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock engaged – official portrait.
Prince Albert presented her future wife with an engagement ring featuring a pear-shaped three-carat diamond at the center and round diamond brilliants surrounding it. The engagement ring was reported to be created by Parisian jeweller Repossi.Embed from Getty Images
The Civil Wedding of Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert
Prince Albert II and Charlene were married in a civil ceremony on Friday 1 July 2011 in the Throne Room of The Prince’s Palace. The ceremony was conducted by Philippe Narmino.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Prince’s sister Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco as well as Charlene’s parents and brothers were present at the 20 minute ceremonyEmbed from Getty Images
Pincess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pauline Ducruet and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.Embed from Getty Images
Family of the bride Sean Wittstock, Michael Kenneth Wittstock, Lynette Wittstock and Gareth Wittstock.
After the civil ceremony, Charlene received the formal style of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco.
The couple appeared on the balcony of the Salon des Glaces to salute the crowds, where they waved and kissed each other.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II kiss on the balcony after the civil ceremony.
For the civil ceremony, Charlene wore a silken blue jacket with ankle-length pants by Chanel with stud diamond earrings.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Hands details of Princess Charlene.Embed from Getty Images
Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, delivers a speech as Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II look on after the civil ceremony.
The Religiuos Wedding of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert
The religious ceremony took place on Saturday 2 July 2011 in the courtyard of The Prince’s Palace. The ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Monaco, Bernard Barsi.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Albert arrived for his wedding.Embed from Getty Images
The bride wore no tiara during her wedding, and opted for some beautiful Diamond Hair ornament. A family piece, Princess Caroline inherited from her grandmother Princess Charlotte.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Princess arrived with her father Michael Wittstock.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Charlene wore Giorgio Armani Privé bridal gown in cream silk duchesse, with two trains. The dress was embellished with mother-of-pearl and Swarovski crystals.
The bridesmaids wore the National Dress of Monaco. Princess Caroline and Jean-Christophe Maillot, the director of the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo designed the dresses that featured personal touches, such as silk stockings embroidered with the couple’s monogram, and aprons with the couple’s monogram and the name of the area of Monaco that each girl was from.Embed from Getty Images
The girls were also wearing necklaces of black velvet ribbon with gold crosses given to them by Prince Albert.Embed from Getty Images
The Palace gates were open so that up to 3,500 visitors could follow the ceremony on giant screens in The Palace Square. Screens were also set up throughout the Principality.Embed from Getty Images
Charlene and Albert hold hands as they stand at the altar during the religious ceremony.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Part of the ceremony was in Afrikaans, a language of Dutch origin, which is spoken in Charlene’s home country of South Africa.Embed from Getty Images
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli performed at the ceremony.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert leave after the religious ceremony.Embed from Getty Images
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After the religious ceremony, the bride and groom traveled in a bespoke landaulet converted Lexus hybrid car to Sainte-Dévote Chapel, where Princess Charlene laid her bridal bouquet to Saint Devota, the Patron Saint of Monaco, in accordance with Monegasque tradition.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
They were greeted by the public along the procession route.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Royal Guests at the Wedding of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of MonacoEmbed from Getty Images
Princess Stephanie arrived with her children, Louis Ducruet, Camille Gottlieb and Pauline Ducruet.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Alexandra and Princess Caroline of Hanover.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Caroline of Hanover and children Charlotte Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi.Embed from Getty Images
Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover.Embed from Getty Images
Tatiana Santo Domingo and Beatrice Borromeo.Embed from Getty Images
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and husband Prince Daniel.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden.Embed from Getty Images
Maxima and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.Embed from Getty Images
Mathilde and Philippe of Belgium.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Paola and King Albert of Belgium.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Laurent of Belgium. The Prince is helped to his feet after falling over.Embed from Getty Images
Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Vittorio Emanuele and his wife Princess Marina of Naples.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Marie and Prince Joachim of Denmark.Embed from Getty Images
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
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Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice and his wife French actress Clotilde Courau, Princess of Venice.Embed from Getty Images
Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and wife Isabel, Duchess of Braganza.Embed from Getty Images
Sophie, Princess of Prussia (née Princess of Isenburg).Embed from Getty Images
Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon and wife Princess Maria Margarita.Embed from Getty Images
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Camilla and Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Uschi and Prince Leopold of Bavaria.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Sophie and Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.Embed from Getty Images
Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali and Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco.
Dinner Reception at Opéra de Monte-Carlo
The dinner reception took place on the terraces of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, followed by fireworks and the opening of the Opéra Ball.
For the reception Princess Charlene changed into another Armani gown and finished off the look with The Baümer Aigrette made by Lorenz Bäumer. The piece is also known as The Diamond Fond Tiara.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene cut the wedding cake during the dinner at Opera terraces.Embed from Getty Images
The newlyweds dance after the dinner at Opera terraces.Embed from Getty Images
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