Saturday, July 2, 2011

Royal Wedding of Monaco

Photo: Monaco by Salvatore.Freni

Monaco is the world's most densely populated country with the highest life expectancy and the highest per capita GDP. Its size is a mere 2.05 square kilometers and hence is the second smallest sovereign state in the world. From 1297, Monaco has been by the House of Grimaldi and the current ruler is Prince Albert II.

And he was a bachelor until July 1, 2011.

On that day, the prince married Charlene Wittstock, a Zimbabwean born South African. She was a former Olympian swimmer. The prince also has represented Monaco at the Olympics.

Around 3,500 guests, including royalty, celebrities and sports personnel have been invited for 'the greatest party in Monaco' in 55 years, after Prince Albert II's father, Rainier III married in 1956. These guests include the crown prince of Bahrain and the king of Swaziland, a fact largely ignored by many, unlike the case when they were invited for the Royal Wedding of UK last April. Invitees also include many former royalty, including the Empress of Iran.

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