Here are more photographs from the lavish wedding celebrations in Monaco of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene.  Some tidbits:  the last wedding of a reigning sovereign in Monaco was over five decades ago when Prince Rainier III married Grace Kelly.  Here is a critique of the bride’s gown from The New York Times:

“Mr. Armani designed Princess Charlene’s off-white duchess silk gown.  According to a statement from the designer’s company, the front of the gown was embroidered with flowers, gold-colored stones, crystals and mother-of-pearl teardrops.  The neckline was rather eye-catching, severe almost, with an asymmetrical cross-over that seemed intended as a modernizing effect. .. overall, the dress was a sophisticated style for a glamor capital.  The embroidery, beginning with a small tracing at the bodice, was quite stunning. . . And the seven young bridesmaids, in traditional costume, looked adorable.”

The religious wedding ceremony, lasting one-and-a-half hours, was conducted in French, Monaco’s main official language.  Prince Albert II wore a summer uniform in cream color of the palace guards.  He also wore the Order of the Grimaldi and the French Legion of Honor.  American soprano Renee Fleming and the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sang during the religious ceremony.  For the most part, Charlene kept a dignified composure, which was broken twice.  She gave out a broad smile at the exchange of rings and when Charlene deposited her bouquet at the Sainte Devote Church, in honor of Monaco’s Patroness, the bride cried.

Charlene Wipes Tears Away Upon Leaving the Sainte Devote Church (photo: Getty Images)

Charlene the Bride Cries Inside the Sainte Devote Church (photo: Getty Images)

Crowds Cheer the Bride and Groom as They Arrive at the Sainte Devote Church (photo: Pacific Coast News)

Crowds Outside the Sainte Devote Church Watch the Wedding (photo: Pacific Coast News)

Charlene and Albert Arrive at the Sainte Devote Church, Monaco (photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

A View of the Bride's Long Train (photo: Bruno Bebert/Reuters)

The Newly Married Bride and Groom (photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Prince's Palace, Monaco: Albert II and Charlene Before the Altar (photo: Bruno Bebert/Reuters)

The Royal Wedding, Monaco, July 2, 2011

Albert and Charlene Prepare to Drive to Sainte Devote Church (photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

The Bride and Groom Cross Themselves During the Religious Ceremony (photo: Bruno Bebert/Reuters)

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco (photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

The Princess Bride, July 2, 2011, Monaco (photo: Reuters)

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