Royal couple to go green on their big day

2011-06-28 00:00

HER dress will not be biodegradable, but most of this weekend’s royal wedding will be suitably green.

From the treats on the menu to their wedding day transport, the Zimbabwean-born and locally raised Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be taking the environment into consideration.

The pair will be married this weekend in the small European principality of Monaco over two days of festivities.

The couple, both former Olympic athletes, have been gifted with a hybrid, especially converted wedding carriage from Lexus.

The LS 600h Landaulet has a five-litre V8 engine combined with an electric motor. It is largely with the latter that the pair will drive around Monaco during their post-wedding celebrations, with reduced carbon emissions, the Global Herald’s website reported.

Driving along the path of environmental awareness does not stop at motoring, though.

Celebrity chef Frenchman Alain Ducasse is in charge of the catering on the big day and will source the entire wedding menu locally — within a 10 km radius from the principality.

Fish, indigenous to the area, will be line-caught on the day; honey will be sourced from Monaco’s urban beehives and the vegetables will be taken directly from Prince Albert’s farm, Associated Press reported.

Ducasse said they want to do something “sustainable, local and ethical” because protecting the local fauna and flora is “something of an obsession” for the prince.

Prince Albert II, dubbed the “Green Prince”, started the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006, which is a charity devoted to environmental issues such as climate change, sustainable development and environmental protection.

Even the couple’s choice of entertainment has an environmental bent.

Musician Jean Michel Jarre will be providing the beats to get the crowd moving. This composer of electronic music is also a spokesperson for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. His focus is on UN projects such as Water for Life and Education for All.

While the second royal wedding in just over two months is expected to be a festive affair, the green couple are ensuring the environment is protected in the process.

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