Princess Charlene: Inside Palace of Monaco which held one of most expensive weddings ever

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Charlene and Prince Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Monaco, wed over two days in July 2011. July 1 and July 2 were declared public holidays as the couple celebrated a civil wedding ceremony, followed by a religious one. This was as Albert’s parents, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, had done before him, in 1956.

Princess Charlene, whose maiden name is Whittstock, was born in South Africa and is a former Olympic swimmer.

The Princess has spent many months in her native country over the last year as she received treatment for an infection, but she is now reunited with her family in Monaco.

The Palace of Monaco is a sight to be seen and is one of the principality’s main attractions.

It looks out over the city and onto the Mediterranean coast.

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Built in 1162, it was originally the western border fortress of the Republic of Genoa, before becoming the residence of the Grimaldi family when they established their sovereignty over the country in the 15th century.

It is now guarded by a 98-man force made up of highly trained French military men, and is known for having hosted several significant events and celebrations over the last century.

Charlene and Albert’s civil ceremony took place in the Palace’s Throne Room, while their religious ceremony was held outside in the establishment’s impressive courtyard.

This latter ceremony soon became known as one of the most lavish and expensive royal weddings in history, costing an estimated $70million (£51million).

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Two sets of white marble staircases run down to the courtyard’s centre, and these were decorated with green and white flowers for the wedding.

Red carpets were also laid out for guests and the newlyweds for the occasion.

This was different to Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly’s religious ceremony, which was celebrated decades prior in Monaco’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

But Albert’s parents’ civil ceremony was also held in the Palace’s Throne Room.

The Throne Room is, unsurprisingly, one of the grandest and largest rooms in the palace with four huge chandeliers hanging from a ceiling painted with intricate, colourful drawings of men and angels.

The walls, as well as the throne and the other chairs beside it, are red, and large gold-framed portraits hang near the gold-rimmed double doors.

After carrying out a major restoration of both the exterior and interior of the Palace in 2015, Albert also renewed the presentation of the public visitor circuit.

Royal fans can visit the royal Monegasque family’s home for just €8.

They are able to see visit the State Apartments and the Napolean Museum, but other rooms pictured on the Palace’s website include the Mazarin Room, the Blue Room, the Louis XIII bedroom, and the Hercule Gallery.

As its name implies, the Blue Room is decorated with walls, sofas and chairs covered in a royal blue and gold floral pattern.

Gold-framed portraits once again line the walls and large circular patterns have been drawn in gold, pale blue, and purple on the glossy, marble floor.

Although it is not known exactly how much the Palace of Monaco is worth, its resident, Prince Albert, is worth an estimated $1billion (£700million) and owns about a quarter of the land he reigns over, according to GoBankingRates.

It might be one of the smallest countries in the world, but Monaco is also one of the wealthiest.

As much of 32 percent of its population is made up of millionaires.



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