Frosty looks and ice-white satin at Monaco nuptials

2011-07-04 13:37

The blonde swimmer from Benoni married her prince this weekend, despite strong rumours that he has recently fathered love-child number three.

While the marriage ceremony was spectacular, the frostiness between the bridal couple was noticeable.

Albert tried several times to catch her eye, but she looked the other way. And when he asked her if she was okay, he was ignored.

Two glittering ceremonies in the tiny principality sealed a relationship of many years between Prince Albert and the South African Olympic swimmer.

Charlene, who was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa as a child, met Albert during a 2000 swimming competition in Monaco.

The couple were first married in an intimate civil service on Friday in the prince’s palace. Albert, the son of Grace Kelly and the late Prince Rainier III, is Monaco’s reigning prince.

Celebrities from all over the world, including supermodel Naomi Campbell, designers Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani and our own Greek god Ryk Neethling were there. SA’s Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and his wife Bridgette, 007 Roger Moore, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and former SA rugby captain Francois Pienaar also attended the open-air ceremony.

The second day of the royal nuptials was marked with a spectacular open-air religious ceremony in front of 800 honoured guests and 3 500 of their subjects in the courtyard of the Grimaldi clan’s palace.

Organisers hoped the glamour of the spectacle would overshadow what senior Monaco officials now privately admit is the “truth” of the rumour that Albert II faces a paternity test following a claim by at least one former lover.

Reports that Charlene was furious and threatened to leave when she learned her prince’s latest secret marred the build-up to the wedding, but the event itself went smoothly.

The bride looked radiant in a spectacular satin gown with an endless train. The dress was designed by Armani and seven flower girls followed the bride.

Celebrated French-born chef Alain Ducasse prepared a multi-course dinner for 450 guests. Freshly caught fish and vegetables grown on Albert’s farm were on the menu and South African wines were served.

For Friday’s civil ceremony she wore a pale blue pants suit of her own design made in consultation with Lagerfeld.
For today’s brunch she is wearing yet another French designer, this time Christian Dior.

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