Albert monacói herceg feleségül veszi Charlene Wittstock kisasszonyt.
FRIDAY 1st JULY
5.00pm : The civil wedding will take place in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace.
The Monegasques will be able to follow the ceremony on giant screens located on Palace Square. The Square will be accessible to Monegasques and their families from 4pm onwards.
5.50pm : After the ceremony, the newly-wedded couple will appear on the balcony of the Salon des Glaces in order to salute the Monegasques.
6.00pm : A cocktail buffet will be offered to the Monegasques on Palace Square. The Mayor of Monaco will present the gift of the Monegasques to the couple.
8.00pm : The residents of the Principality will be invited to a reception on the Port.
10.30pm : A large concert will be offered by the newly-wedded couple on the Port. Jean-Michel Jarre will present a unique sound and light show.
A very large audience is expected.
SATURDAY 2nd JULY
5.00pm : The religious wedding will take place in the Main Courtyard of the Prince's Palace.
The gates of the Palace will remain open in order to allow around 3500 seated persons to follow the ceremony, which will be broadcast on giant screens on the Palace Square.
6.30pm : The couple will leave the Palace for the Sainte Dévote church in order for the Princess to leave her bouquet.
The public will be able to gather all along the procession route in order to congratulate the couple.
9.00pm : The official dinner and the ball will take place at the Opera Garnier and on the Terraces of the Monte-Carlo Casino.
Midnight: A fireworks display will conclude this dinner, which will also have various styles of music.
The civil wedding ceremony between H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock will take place in the Throne Room at the Palace of Monaco on Friday 1st July 2011 at 5pm.
The civil wedding of Prince Rainier III and Grace Patricia Kelly took place in this same room on 18th April 1956.
The Throne Room is the most prestigious room in the State Apartments. The ceiling is sumptuously decorated with frescos by Orazio de Ferrari featuring the signs of the zodiac and the story of Alexander the Great. The room’s walls, chairs and divan are covered in precious red silk damask.
The Empire style throne sits on a raised podium, behind it unfurls a sumptuous red hanging suspended from a canopy topped by the royal crown. The Carrara marble floor is finely decorated with an extremely rare mosaic.
The royal family gather in this room for the most important events. This is the place where Princes take their oath, in the presence of high-ranking state officials. Every year, on National Day, this is where the royal family host the religious, civil and military officials, representatives from the consular service, new recipients of the princely orders of Saint-Charles and Grimaldi and elected members.
In the Throne Room, there are several portraits of Princes and Princesses of Monaco on display:
- Prince Jacques I (1731-1733), by Nicolas de Largillier;
- Prince Honoré II (1733-1793), by Louis Tocque;
- Prince Charles II (1856-1889), by François Biard;
- Prince Albert I (1889-1922), by Léon Bonnat;
- Princess Caroline, by Marie Veroust;
- Prince Louis I (1922-1949), by Philip Laszlo de Lombos (1869-1937);
- Princess Charlotte, by Philip Laszlo de Lombos;
- The Royal Family in 1981, by the painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan.
The religious wedding
The religious ceremony will take place on Saturday 2 July at 5pm in the Main Courtyard of the Palace of Monaco, where Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Barsi.
The gates to the Palace will remain open to enable some 3 500 guests to be seated for the ceremony, which will be broadcast on giant screens.
The official dinner, followed by a ball, will take place at the Opera Garnier and on the Terraces of the Monte-Carlo Casino.
The Main Courtyard of the Palace
The religious ceremony for the royal wedding will take place in the Main Courtyard of the Palace of Monaco on Saturday 2nd July 2011.
The Main Courtyard
The Main Courtyard has always held a special place in the hearts of Monaco's people, since it has traditionally been the setting for major events such as the accession of Princes of Monaco, or the presentation of the children of Princes upon their birth. Every summer, it also plays host to concerts by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most famous orchestras in the world.
It is through the Main Courtyard, covered with a subtle geometric blend of pebbles and stone flagstones, that the inner Palace is accessed. A special calm reigns over these places, probably in honour of the grand marble staircase that lies at its centre.
It was Prince Louis I in the 12th century who decided to build the staircase based on the double revolution staircase at Fontainebleau. Luca Cambiaso (1527-1585), a painter from the Genoa School, decorated the northern wall with depictions such as “The Triumph of Bacchus” and “The Gods of the Sea”. In the 19th century, the staircase was restored and each of its thirty-two steps was cut from a single block of Carrara marble. The banisters are decorated with balls of Portor marble.
The walls of the Galerie d’Hercule which overlooks the staircase are covered with brightly covered frescos inspired by artists from the Italian Renaissance. The door in the middle of the gallery leads to the Throne Room in the State Apartments.
In the middle of the 16th century, under the flagstones of the Main Courtyard, a huge tank measuring 1,500 cubic metres for collecting rainwater was sunk into the rock. This system was designed to supply the Palace and city with water for almost a year in the event of a siege.
The Saint Jean-Baptiste Chapel
The Saint Jean-Baptiste Chapel which takes its name from the prophet who announced the coming of Jesus Christ and who baptised him, opens out onto the Main Courtyard. Honoré II (1597-1662) ordered its construction to replace the old oratory located in the Palace wing overlooking the La Condamine district. On 15th October 1656, the Bishop of Nice consecrated the Chapel. After being damaged during the French Revolution, it was restored during the reigns of Princes Florestan I (1785-1856) and Charles III (1818-1889). It is one of six parishes making up the archdiocese of Monaco.
The Principality's patron saint, Saint Dévote, appears on the left part of the chapel's outer wall in the frescos by Jacob Froschle and Deschler d’Asburgo. The depiction of sometimes legendary events from Monaco’s history is added on the right.
The baroque style décor inside the chapel was produced by Ernesto Sprega (1829-1911), a Roman painter and ceramicist. He was also responsible for the ceiling in the Galerie des Glaces or Mirror Room and the arches in the Palace dining room. The stained glass window showing "The Judgement of Saint Dévote" was created by the master glassmaker from Chartres, Nicolas Lorin. A beautiful nave of fine proportions and “The Madonna and Child” painted by the master of Narradi (around 1500) feature among the works preserved here.
The Galerie d’Hercule
The Galerie d’Hercule, which overlooks the Main Courtyard and gives entry to the State Apartments, takes its elegance and sophistication from the legacy of the palaces of the Italian Renaissance. Its vaults and walls are decorated with frescos.
The different artistic influences in the Galerie d’Hercule highlight its harmony, subtlety and power. The continuity of the colours and the motifs in the frescos that line the gallery and vaults contrast with the resplendent white of the columns and the marble balustrade. Human and animal figures make up a decor enriched with plant and floral motifs. The lunettes of the fourteen vaults, works by Orazio dei Ferrari, tell of episodes in Hercules’ life, from his birth, to his works and ending with his epic death. Between the doors and windows, striking mythological characters by Claude Vignon (1593-1670) are added to the scene, including Antiope, Semiramis, Sphiron and Artemis.
The couple will leave the Palace for the Sainte Dévote church in order for the Princess to leave her bouquet.
The public will be able to gather all along the procession route in order to congratulate the couple.
The procession will follow the avenue de la Porte-Neuve, avenue du Port and the boulevard Albert Ier, and will return to the Palace following the same route.
Giant screens will be installed in the Principality in order to enable the widest audience possible to follow the religious ceremony and the procession of the couple.
Meghívott európai királyi családok:
- Denmark: T.R.H.s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.
- Sweden: T.M.s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, T.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, H.R.H. Prince Carl Phillip, and H.R.H. Princess Madeleine
- Norway: T.R.H.s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
- Netherlands: T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
- United Kingdom: T.R.H.s The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward and Sophie)
- Spain: T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias
- Liechtenstein: H.S.H. Prince Alois and H.R.H. Princess Sophie
- Belgium: Their Majesties King Albert and Queen Paola, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess MathildeT.R.H.s Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, and H.R.H. Princess Astrid.
- France: The Duke and Duchess of Vendôme
- Portugal: The Duke and Duchess of Bragança
- Italy: The Duke and Duchess of Castro (Bourbon-Two Sicilies)
- Other royals and princely houses from Germany and the royals from Serbia are rumored to attend. No confirmation yet.
- Luxembourg: Has not officially confirmed, yet. However, I believe T.R.H.s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will attend.
- Russia: Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna (source)
- Italy: T.R.H.s Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clotilde of Savoy
The following is a list of some of the notable guests at the religious ceremony.
Prince Albert's Family
- HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover
- Mr. Andrea Casiraghi
- Mr. Pierre Casiraghi
- Ms. Charlotte Casiraghi
- HRH Princess Alexandra of Hanover
- HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
- Mr. Louis Ducruet
- Ms. Pauline Ducruet
- Ms. Camille Gottlieb
- TM King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden
- TM King Albert II & Queen Paola of the Belgians
- HM King Letsie III of Lesotho
- TRH Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
- HIM Empress Farah of Iran
- TRH Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
- TRH Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden
- TRH Prince Willem-Alexander & Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
- TRH Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
- TRH Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde of Belgium
- HRH Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain
- HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg
- HSH Hereditary Prince Alois & HRH Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
- TRH Crown Prince Aleksandar & Crown Princess Katarina of Serbia
- TRH Crown Prince Vittorio Emanuele & Crown Princess Marina of Italy
- HIRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Germany and Prussia & HSH Princess Sophie von Isenburg
- HIH Grand Duchess Mariya Vladimirovna of Russia
- TRH Duarte Pio & Isabel of Portugal, Duke & Duchess of Braganza
- TRH Prince Henri & Princess Micaela of France, Count & Countess of Paris
- HRH Margrave Maximilian & HIRH Margravine Valerie of Baden
- TIRH Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz of Belgium
- HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand
- TRH the Earl & Countess of Wessex
- TRH Prince & Princess Michael of Kent
- TRH Prince Joachim & Princess Marie of Denmark
- HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
- HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden
- TRH Prince Laurent & Princess Claire of Belgium
- TRH Prince Faysal & Princess Sarah of Jordan
- HRH Princess Maryam of Morocco
- Lalla Soukaïna Filali (daughter of HRH Princess Maryam of Morocco)
- HIH Grand Duke Georgiy Mihailovich of Russia
- TRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto & Princess Clotilde of Savoy
- HRH Prince Ernst August Jr. of Hanover
- TRH Prince Bernhard & Princess Stephanie of Baden
- TRH Prince Carlo & Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
- HRH Prince Christian of Hanover
- TRH Prince Leopold & Princess Ursula of Bavaria
- HH Prince Karīm, Aga Khan IV
- HSH Princess Virginia zu Fürstenberg
- Don Luis Alfonso and Doña María Margarita de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú
- Gerhard Berger (former Formula One racing driver)
- Jonas Björkman (former World Number 4 professional tennis player)
- Sergey Bubka (retired pole vaulter)
- Nadia Comăneci (gymnast)
- Charmaine Crooks (athlete)
- Bob Ctvrtlik (volleyball player)
- Sophie Edington (backstroke and freestyle swimmer)
- Patrice Evra (international footballer)
- Frankie Fredericks (former athlete)
- Graham Hill (swimming coach and former competitive swimmer)
- Jacky Ickx (former racing driver) and Khadja Nin
- Branislav Ivkovic (swimming coach, who trained Charlene Wittstock ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics)
- Byron Kelleher (rugby union half-back)
- Henri Leconte (former professional tennis player)
- Axel Lund Svindal (World Cup alpine ski racer)
- Julia Mancuso (alpine ski racer)
- Ian McIntosh (rugby union coach)
- Elana Meyer (former long-distance runner)
- Ilie Năstase (former professional tennis player)
- Ryk Neethling (swimmer)
- Terence Parkin (deaf swimmer)
- François Pienaar (former rugby player)
- Nicola Pietrangeli (former tennis player)
- Sarah Poewe (professional swimmer)
- Wayne Riddin (swimming coach and former competitive swimmer)
- Count Jacques Rogge (President of the International Olympic Committee)
- Roland Schoeman (swimmer)
- Sir Jackie Stewart (former racing driver and team owner)
- Jean Todt (President of the FIA) and Michelle Yeoh
- Franziska Van Almsick (swimmer)
- Pernilla Wiberg (alpine ski racer, IOC member)
- Giorgio Armani
- Terrence Bray
- Naomi Campbell
- Roberto Cavalli
- Inès de La Fressange
- Sébastien Jondeau
- Isabell Kristensen
- Karolína Kurková
- Tereza Maxová
- Karl Lagerfeld
Celebrities and Others
- Bernard Arnault and Hélène Mercier-Arnault
- Dame Shirley Bassey
- Andrea Bocelli (tenor, multi-instrumentalist and classical crossover artist)
- Gerard Butler (actor)
- Bernadette Chirac
- Bernice Coppieters (ballet artist and member of the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo)
- Donna D’Cruz (DJ and model)
- Renée Fleming
- Francisco Flores Pérez (President of El Salvador between 1999 and 2004)
- Juan Diego Flórez (opera tenor)
- Mel Gibson
- Jean-Christophe Maillot (dancer and choreographer)
- Pumeza Matshikiza (lyric soprano)
- Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher
- Sir Roger Moore and Lady Moore
- Guy Laliberté (Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, poker player, space tourist and CEO of Cirque du Soleil)
- Yves Piaget (Swiss watch-maker and President of Piaget SA)
- Eric Peugeot (French marketing engineer)
- Bertrand Piccard
- Johann Rupert (South African businessman and chairman of Richemont, VenFin and Remgro)
- Eric Sempe (French guitarist)
- Sonu Shivdasani (Chairman and CEO of the Six Senses group)
- Victoria Silvstedt (celebrity, model, actress, singer, and television personality)
- Sir Michael Smurfit
- Umberto Tozzi (pop/rock singer and composer)
Government and Diplomacy
- George Abela (President of Malta)
- Salma Ahmed (Ambassador of Kenya to Monaco and France)
- Angelino Alfano (Minister of Justice of Italy
- Maria Luisa Berti (shared Captain Regent of San Marino)
- Constantin Chalastanis (Ambassador of Greece to Monaco and France)
- Mirko Galic (Ambassador of Croatia to Monaco and France)
- Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (President of Iceland)
- Kornelios Korneliou (Ambassador of Cyprus to Monaco and France)
- Ulrich Lehner (Ambassador of Switzerland to Monaco and France)
- Marc Lortie (Ambassador of Canada to Monaco and France)
- Lejeune Mbella Mbella (Ambassador of Cameroon to Monaco and France)
- Mary McAleese (President of Ireland)
- Thomasz Orlowski (Ambassador of Poland to Monaco and France)
- Jeff Radebe (Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa)
- Charles Rivkin (Ambassador of the United States to Monaco and France)
- Nicolas Sarkozy (President of the French Republic)
- Missoum Sbih (Ambassador of Algeria to Monaco and France)
- Marthinus Van Schalkwyk (Minister of Tourism of South Africa)
- Pál Schmitt (Royal Chancellor of Hungary)
- Veronika Stabej (Ambassador of Slovenia to Monaco and France)
- Michel Suleiman (President of Lebanon)
- Filippo Tamagnini (shared Captain Regent of San Marino)
- Dr. Karlheinz Töchterle (Minister for Science and Research of Austria)
- Viraphand Vacharathit (Ambassador of Thailand to Monaco and France)
- Christian Wulff (Federal President of Germany)