Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Date is Set
HSH Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock have officially set a date for their upcoming wedding. The happy event will start next year on July 8 with a civil ceremony, at the Princely Palace we presume, with a religious ceremony the following day, July 9, presumably at St Nicholas Cathedral. The staff at the palace are already very busy making the preparations for what will be the first such event held in the principality in decades. We can only hope that a proper balance will be struck to share the happy occasion with everyone while keeping it intimate and joyful for the happy couple as well. As many know the wedding of the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, while it looked very glamorous and so like a fairy tale from the outside, was not a very pleasant experience for the couple who, they revealed later, felt positively suffocated by all the cameras, photographers and general horde of media that descended on their little Mediterranean paradise. We can hope for things to be at least a little bit calmer this time around considering that Charlene does not have the same pre-marriage celebrity status that Princess Grace did as an international movie star and, perhaps, because Charlene is already a familiar face around Monaco having been part of their lives, as she has been part of that of the Sovereign Prince for some time now. In any event, we can only hope things go smoothly, the time will certainly fly by for those doing the planning and we can all look forward to a grand wedding in true Monegasque style which has long been wished for by many.