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What to expect this weekend at Monaco’s royal wedding


July 1, 2011/6.32

Charlene Wittstock and Prince AlbertHSH Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock are finally tying the knot after being together since 2006.
   Today, a civil ceremony will be held in the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace. On Saturday, the religious wedding will take place in the Main Courtyard. The gates of the Palace will be left open in order to allow approximately 3,500 seated persons to follow the ceremony, which will be broadcast on giant screens in the Palace Square. The official dinner and the ball will be held at the Opera Garnier and on the Terraces of the Opera.
   The princess-to-be will walk down the aisle in a gown custom-made by Giorgio Armani. The guest list accommodate heads of state and royalty, including French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Prince Felipe of Spain, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Virginia McKenna, Topshop’s Philip Green, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and supermodel Naomi Campbell. With a massive budget of over $5·6 million, the ceremony will be broadcast on screens in the Palace Square at 5 p.m. local time, and webcast at the official Palace website,
   While the royal couple will reportedly drive off in a Lexus, it is BMW that will ferry guests, with 200 long-wheelbase 7-series models having arrived in the principality, as the videos below show.—Josephine Leong

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