Now that the excitement and clamor surrounding the wedding of the world’s most popular Royals, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, has died down, other Royals are now free to publically marry themselves. And so begins preparation for the long awaited wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancé Charlene Whittstock.
The reigning prince and only son of Grace Kelly first announced his engagement to former Olympic swimmer Whittstock in June of 2010, having previously been seen together four years before at the opening ceremony of the Torino Olympics in February of 2006.
Having attended the wedding of William and Kate last month, Albert and Whittstock opened the doors to the castle for a recent interview with German television channel ZDF regarding their upcoming nuptials, in which they spoke enthusiastically about the three day celebration.
The religious wedding ceremony will take place on July 2; an open air affair, held in the Palace courtyard, explained Albert, where guests including family, foreign royals, their friends from the Olympic movement and also artists and musicians will witness.
The location was chosen by the bride-to-be and groom because of its space, holding up to 800 people, which is about 300 more than Saint Nicholas Cathedral, where Albert’s parents Princess Grace and Prince Rainier wed in 1956.
Although it is the bride’s desire to not give away too much, the couple has revealed a few details. The once playboy prince has been working towards transforming himself into a champion for the environment and charitable causes. To that end the chosen transport for the day will be an eco-conscious Lexus.
The bride will wear a gown designed by Giorgio Armani for the festivities which they hope to share with their fellow citizens by hosting a series of concerts and a light show that will be open to the public.