Wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock
On 23 June 2010, the Princely Palace issued a statement, announcing the engagement of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Lynette Wittstock, his long-term girlfriend, a South African swimmer who represented her country in the 2000 Olympic Games. The engagement ring, by Repossi, has a pear-shaped diamond of approximately three carats along with smaller round diamonds, set in grey gold.
At the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 19 June 2010, she accompanied Prince Albert to the church and was seated right behind him. As the guests were seated according to strict protocol, Charlene Wittstock, at that time still “just” the girlfriend of the Prince, would not normally have received such treatment, if she even would have been invited. However, the Swedish royals were more than probably “in the know” about the engagement, as they accorded her with all honours a fiancée of a reigning monarch should receive.
The original wedding dates of 8 and 9 July were changed on 2 August 2010 to 2 and 3 July 2011, to allow the couple to visit South Africa so that Prince Albert could take part in the meeting of the International Olympic Committee on 5 to 9 July in Durban. The dates were further adjusted on 26 December 2010 to 1 and 2 July 2011. The civil wedding will take place on Friday 1 July at 5 pm in the throne room at the palace. The officiant will be Philippe Narmino. The religious wedding will take place on Saturday 2 July at 5 pm in the palace courtyard. The official dinner and dance will take place in the Oceanographic Museum.
In January 2011 it was announced that Giorgio Armani would be designing Charlene’s wedding dress.