Charlene Wittstock Becomes Princess of Monaco in Civil Ceremony
Newly titled Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco seal their civil marriage with a kiss on the balcony of the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace of Monaco. The wedding festivities continue tomorrow with the religious ceremony. Monaco shares its wedding traditions with neighboring country France, where civil ceremonies in a city hall are required to be legally married. These are usually only small events with close family and friends. After the civil ceremony the couple are free to throw a more elaborate church wedding and reception, similar to what we traditionally do in the US. The other well-known royal wedding in Monaco, between Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, also included both ceremonies. See more pictures of the newly titled Princess Charlene of Monaco and her husband, Prince Albert II, now.