Not to be overshadowed by the recent royal wedding of Kate and Prince William, Charlene and Prince Albert II will be hosting an elegant and eco-friendly event that will be held over two days in the palace where members of the ruling Grimaldi dynasty have lived since the 15th century. The guest list of 3,500 guests consists of the most powerful people in Europe. From several heads of state, royals from countries near and far, top names in the sporting and music worlds and the celebrated couturier to the stars, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld– the list reads like a who’s-who of Europe’s most influential.
So how does Prince Albert II and Charlene’s wedding differ from the recent royal frenzy around Kate and William?
It would appear that local Monacan authorities are doing everything within their power to avoid the Royal excess that 2 billion of us witnessed with the Royal Wedding. The result will be an elegant, high-end affair that is fit for a (soon-to-be) princess.
Unfortunately, for all of the Royal Collectors out there that there will be no commemorative plates, mugs, key chains or rings. Souvenir shops in the area will be handing out pre-palace-approved memorabilia including porcelain items with the couple’s names engraved—but no faces.
Unlike the mystery behind Kate’s dress, blonde-haired-blue-eyed beauty Charlene has not kept her wedding dress designer of choice a secret. From the beginning of the engagement Italian couturier Georgio Armani has been given the royal task of dressing the beautiful Charlene and we are counting down the minutes until this stunning beauty walks down the aisle in what is promised to be the most beautiful, royal wedding dress to date.
The two-day event starts with the civil ceremony that will be held on July 1 in the palace’s throne room where Grace Kelly married her prince 55 years ago. The religious ceremony will take place the following day in the palace’s courtyard with the giant screen raised for the 7,600 citizens just outside the palace wanting to watch the ceremony. For 500 lucky guests they will enjoy a multi-course dinner by renowned Chef Alain Ducasse who is keeping his menu top-secret but is boasting that all the food is sustainable and will be from local parts with the exception of the champagne and the South African wines.
The American rockers the Eagles will be performing favorites such as Hotel California in a special gig for locals while synth-pop guru Jean-Michel Jarre will perform a light show over the port. Prince Albert II will showcase his green side by staging the procession of the newlyweds in an open-top electric Lexus. To top it all off a firework display over the azure waters of Monaco Bay will cap the elegant, royal festivities which locals have patiently waited for over 30 years….
What do you think of this Royal Wedding? Are you a fan of Royal Excess or more of a Royal minimalist?