UPCOMING ROYAL WEDDING IN MONACO: PRINCE ALBERT & CHARLENE WITTSTOCK

Royal Wedding fever is back.  This time the nuptials take place in the fairytale principality of Monaco, famous as the playground for the wealthy.  Monaco is also well known as having been the princely domain of the one of the most famous couples of the twentieth century: Prince Rainier III and his wife, Princess Grace, formerly the American actress Grace Kelly.  Rainier and Grace’s only son, the current reigning prince, Albert II, is set to tie the know soon to the South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock.   Albert, 53, and Charlene, 33, have a love of sports in common.  The wedding will take place over two days.  On July 1st, the couple will wed in a civil ceremony.  The religious ceremony takes place on July 2nd.  Charlene has already converted to Catholicism, the majority religion of the Monegasques.

Monaco is located in the south of France, near Nice. and is the second smallest country in the world after Vatican city.  The country has a population of 35,000.  For years, Monaco has been in the news thanks not only to the attention given to Albert’s parents, Rainier and Grace, but also to his sisters, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie.  With the arrival on the scene of Charlene, there is new personality to focus on.

The Official Engagement Photo of Prince Albert & Chalrene Wittstock

Monaco's future Princess, Charlene Wittstock, set to marry on in early July

Charlene at the Cambridges' Wedding, April 2011 (Pascal LeSegretain/Getty Images)

Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock (photo: Getty Images)

Charlene Wittstock at Monaco's Cathedral, March 2011 (photo: Getty Images)

Principality of Monaco

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