After Prince William and Kate Middleton’s highly publicized wedding, another royal couple decides to tie the knot: Prince Albert II of Monaco and former Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock, will walk down the aisle on July 2.
On Saturday the religious ceremony will be held, celebrated not in the cathedral where Albert’s parents Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly married, but outdoors in the courtyard of the palace.
Their passion for sport is what brought the Prince and the South African swimming champion together in 2000 at a competition held in Monaco.
Albert presided over the competition. Member of the national bobsleigh team, with whom he attended five Olympic Games, starting with the one in Calgary in 1998 and finishing with the one in Salt Lake City in 2002, Albert noticed the beautiful blond, invited her to dinner and seduced her with his natural charm, according to her own words.
The two met again but after five years, when Charlene wrote to him at the death of Prince Rainier III, Albert’s father.
In 2006, the two lovers went public with their relationship during the Olympics in Turin and in 2010 they became engaged.
Charlene Wittstock, who is of South African nationality, was born on January 25, 1978, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Before settling in Monaco, Charlene Wittstock was a teacher and swimming champion. Charlene Wittstock began to draw attention for her performance in sport in the late 1990s and she represented South Africa at the Olympic Games held in Sydney in 2000. Her career peaked two years later, when she won three gold medals at the 2002 World Cup.
Kate Middleton, 29, and Prince William, 28, second in line to the British throne, met in 2001 at the Scottish University St. Andrews, but their relationship, which began in 2003, was interrupted by a brief separation in 2007. William, Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ eldest son, and Kate Middleton were engaged in October 2010, during a private holiday in Kenya.
The marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William took place 30 years after the sumptuous wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, celebrated in 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The couple divorced in 1996, and Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Later, Charles married Camilla, an old friend of his.
Similarities and differences between Kate Middleton and Charlene Wittstock:
Charlene Wittstock and Kate Middleton are ordinary women who had the good fortune to meet their Prince.
Regarding Charlene’s wedding dress, the press speculated that it might be designed by Armani, but the Monegasque palace preferred to keep an aura of secrecy on this subject. Similarly, Kate Middleton also kept secret the name of the designer who made her wedding dress.
Kate arrived at the religious ceremony in a chalet. Instead, Charlene Wittstock will ride in a dark blue Lexus LS 600hL limo that will be released on the market specifically for the event in Monaco.
Kate and Charlene are both passionate about fashion and hats, preferring simple and elegant outfits.
Kate and Charlene are passionate about sports. Since childhood, Kate was very athletic, a fan of swimming, tennis and hockey. For her part, Charlene is a swimming champion, having won 3 gold medals at the swimming World Cup in 2002.
Charlene Wittstock, born 33 years ago in Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), was a Protestant, but converted to Catholicism before the religious ceremony on 2 July, even though it isn’t a requirement of the Constitution of Monaco. Kate was confirmed into the Church of England in a secret ceremony prior to the wedding. Sources close to the duchess say this was due to a “personal journey” into faith.
Who is the princess of your dreams? Who will best keep up to her status?
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