Crown Prince Håkon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit arrived in Monaco Friday to attend the royal wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock of South Africa.
The crown couple traveled by car to the principality, after arriving at the airport in Nice. Though it is typical to travel this stretch by helicopter, the Crown Princess’ fear of flying is likely to have played a part in the decision to go by land. The royal couple will be staying at the Hotel de Paris.
The Swedish royal family arrived at the same time and also the Danish crown couple will be attending. Friday’s civil ceremony will be the first of two for Prince Albert and his South African fiancee. As is common in many Catholic nations, a religious marriage ceremony is not valid without a civil union. The couple will have a second wedding Saturday afternoon before the Archbishop of Monaco, his Excellency Bernard César Augustin Barsi.
The wedding was to begin in the royal palace in Monaco. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will travel to the Sainte-Devote church and hundreds of thousands will line the route to greet them.
Views and News staff