At 17 o’clock, July 1, Monaco’s head of state Prince Albert of her fiancée -- the South African swimming athlete Charlene Wittstock hold their wedding in Monaco. 6000 Monacan residents are invited to the wedding and the couple appears on the balcony to kiss each other passionately in public. Later after the midnight, a 15-minute musical fireworks display also lights up the night sky of Monaco.
Like all European royal weddings, this wedding is extremely splendid and extravagant. It is said that the wedding is expected to cost 50 million pound. Wedding of Prince Albert II becomes a grand ceremony in these many years. The last royal wedding was held in 1956, when Prince Albert II’s father married American Oscar best actress Grace Kelly.
Princess-to-be Charlene Wittstock is 33-year-old blonde beauty. She is born in Zimbabwe's second largest city Bulawayo and move to the town of Benoni near South Africa’s economic capital Johannesburg with her family at 12. Since the age of 3, she has been dipping herself in the swimming pool. Her mother is a swimming coach and an expert diver. Wittstock has represented the South African swimming team to attend the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. In 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, she takes part as a South African athlete of the medley relay team and wins the fifth place finish. Prince Albert II is born in 1958; he is the son of the late prince Rainier III. During his early study in the United States, he has served as Chairman of Monacan Swimming Federation and the staff member of Atlanta Olympic Games Coordination Committee. His interest in sports varies widely. The couple meets each other in Monaco in 2000; and during the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games, they officially reveal their relationship to the public.
Royal wedding often have many highlights, but the biggest focus for people may be the guest list and the wedding gown designer. Out of the thousands of guests having attended the wedding, there includes French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and British former black super-supermodel Naomi Campbell. As for the bride’s wedding gown, it is from the Italian luxury brand Giorgio Armani. Monaco not only hopes the wedding can compete with British Prince William and Kate’s wedding but also trying to revive the domestic economy through it.