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The tiny principality of Monaco was preparing on Saturday for one of its biggest events in recent years.
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Prince Albert of Monaco was due to marry South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in a religious ceremony in the palace courtyard.
The couple was already wed in a civil marriage on Friday.
Giant screens have been place along the Avenue Albert I so that everyone can enjoy the ceremony.
Guests include this French woman of South African origin who arrived from France to attend the wedding
Wedding guest Danielle Dourdent said, "I am here because I am of South
African origin and it gives me great pleasure that the Prince of Monaco
has chosen a South African like me. Even though I'm black and she is
white, she still comes from my continent."
In an interview broadcast on a French news channel earlier, the royal couple said that children were very much on their agenda.
Crow Prince Albert said, "But we have the intention, as I have already
expressed it, to have children and that is, I think it is the goal of
all union between a man and a woman. So it's absolutely on our minds."
Charlene Wittstock said, "Yeah. I mean I've... I love children and I've
always wanted to have children of my own someday. So we'll see in the
next couple of months, or years. And... yeah. We'll be the first to
The wedding is the first of a ruling prince in Monaco since Albert's
father, Prince Rainier II, famously married Hollywood actress Grace
Kelly in 1956.