Friday, June 18, 2010
Albert and Charlene Arrive
Yesterday HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and longtime girlfriend Charlene Wittstock arrived in Stockholm, Sweden for the special concert building up to today's wedding ceremony between HRH Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling. Just another day at the office perhaps for Prince Albert but this will be the first major royal function to which Charlene has been invited. Although they may be avoiding wedding bells of their own, royal society seems to be accepting them as a couple. In the past Prince Albert and Princess Caroline attended such events but not this time; which has led to some speculation. A prevailing viewpoint is that the Swedish court simply wanted to avoid any discomfort over whether or not to invite Princess Caroline and her wayward husband (in name only these days) Prince Ernst August V of Hanover. However, it may be less complicated then that. Prince Albert II and Crown Princess Victoria have been good friends for many years and that may be all there is to it. In any event, Charlene was looking very much at ease in this new situation for her and she and the Sovereign Prince made quite a pair. Perhaps the spectacle will give them a little nudge in the matrimonial direction.