In case you haven't received an invitation for the Monaco Princely Wedding, there is still time to make a trip to the Principality and join the public celebrations. The civil marriage ceremony of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock takes place on Friday 1st July in the Throne Room, while 3,500 guests are expected to attend the religious ceremony on Saturday 2nd July in the Main Courtyard of the Palace. The royal couple will then tour the Principality from the Place du Palais to the church of Saint Devota (Patron Saint of Monaco), where the Princess will leave her bouquet. Miss Wittstock is an ex-swimming champion, surfer and Honorary President of Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo.
The official dinner will be prepared in the kitchens of the Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris with products selected from the region to put Mediterranean cuisine in the spotlight, and enjoyed by 450 guests in the Garnier Opera House and Casino Terrace. I'd like to take a turn on the dance floor with Their Royal Highnesses Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania, or Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia who will also be attending.
The Royal Couple have arranged for two free concerts in celebration of their marriage, the first on Thursday 30th June, when the Eagles play at the Louis II Stadium is open only to Monegasques, residents and people working in Monaco. The Jean Michel Jarre Concert on Friday 1st July is free and open to all. The artist promises to transform Port Hercule into a stage for his electronic futuristic performance of light and laser landscapes, video and pyrotechnics to depict the “visual score of the universal music”. Jarre has created this unique concert specifically for the Royal Wedding, and says: “Monaco is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean. It is a great honour and true pleasure to perform in such a magnificent setting. Not only must it reflect the prestigious nature of the event, it must also be popular so that everyone in the Principality can unite on this occasion”. Watch the concert from the North and South harbour basins, Quai Albert I, Avenue d’Ostende, the Montée de la Quarantaine, Avenue de la Porte Neuve and the Rampe Major. If you can't get there in person, watch the live stream of the wedding ceremony.
You can also take home a wedding mug, gold charm, keyring or champagne glasses from the official Monaco Wedding Collection souvenir shop. Congratulations to the happy couple!