Another long-awaited royal wedding took place when Monaco’s reigning prince, Albert II, son of the late Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, married South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock. Prince Albert (53), married Charlene (33) in two ceremonies, the civil one taking place on July 1 in the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace. On July 2, the religious ceremony took place in the palace courtyard. Afterwards, the couple went to the Sainte-Devote Chapel where the new Princess Charlene left her bridal bouquet to honor of Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Devote.
Monthly Archives: December 2011
The year 2011 has been been a significant one when it came to royal weddings. With the year drawing to a close, let’s take a look back at these weddings, beginning with that of Prince William to his long-time girlfriend, Catherine Middleton. The eagerly awaited nuptials took place at London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29th.
The British royal family celebrated Christmas at their Norfolk estate, Sandringham. Queen Elizabeth II was surrounded by members of her immediate family including her children, Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, the Princess Royal; Andrew, the Duke of York; and Edward, the Earl of Wessex. Also present were the Queen’s grandchildren, including Prince Harry and Prince William. The crowds who greeted the royal family as they attended Christmas day church service, were especially large this year because it was the first time that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, spent Christmas at Sandringham as a member of the royal family. Conspicuously absent this year was Prince Philip who was still recuperating at hospital from heart surgery.
PRINCE PHILIP UNDERGOES EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR CHEST PAINS, IS VISITED AT HOSPITAL BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the 90-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was hospitalized on December 23 , 2011, and underwent emergency surgery after having suffered chest pains while on Christmas break at the royal family’s estate of Sandringham in Norfolk. He was rushed by helicopter to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire where a “minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting” was performed on the duke in order to treat a blocked coronary artery. Prince Philip reportedly had a good night and is expected to remain in hospital for observation. On Christmas Eve, the prince was visited by Queen Elizabeth II, and his children, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Prince of Wales, along with Prince Charles’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen traveled by helicopter to and from the Sandringham estate. Buckingham Palace reported that the Duke of Edinburgh is “in good spirits, but he is eager to leave.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer Centre in Camberwell, London on December 21, 2011. Prince William is patron of the organization, which helps homeless young people. The prince’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, used to take her sons, William and Harry, to visit privately, Centrepoint’s hostels so that they could come to understand the plight of homeless young people. During William and Catherine’s visit, the couple took part in a cookery class where they made gingerbread and low fat mince pies. The Duchess of Cambridge also made a heart-shaped cookie for a young woman who turned eighteen. Photos courtesy of Bauer Griffin and WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Sun Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum in London on December 19, 2011. Catherine looked dazzling in a strapless black velvet gown, accessorized with an elaborate silver necklace and matching earrings and bracelet that were a wedding gift to her. Also in attendance at the formal event was Prince Harry who has spent a number of weeks in the U.S. because of his Apache helicopter training. He and Prince William looked dapper in their tuxedos. The Duchess of Cambridge was clearly moved and held back tears when she heard the story of Scott Meenagh who had won the award for Overcoming Adversity. Photographs courtesy of The Daily Mail.