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Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock get ready to exchange vows


Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock get ready to exchange vows

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Glitz and glamour is once again the order of the day for Monaco. Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock’s wedding is the first marriage of a reigning prince since Grace Kelly married Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III, back in 1956. As the spotlight turns onto this tiny principality on the Mediterranean coast, Euronews interviewed the happy couple.

Euronews: “Your wedlock signifies a new chapter for Monaco, maybe a return to the glory days. Is that how you see it?”

Prince Albert: “Of course things will be a little different, but I don’t think it’s so much in those terms. Obviously it’ll be a chance to do things more as a family, and of course Charlene will carry out certain duties and support me in my responsibilities but will also have interests of her own that she wants to pursue. In that sense things will be a little different.”

Euronews: “Have you projected forward to going up the aisle? What will you be thinking?”

Charlene Wittstock: Well the walk’s going to be quite far so I’ll probably be thinking “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” I don’t know, I can’t really say right now what I will be thinking on the day or what I’ll be thinking later or what I’ll be doing later… I’m just working up to that point and, you know, thoughts and feelings change between now and then so one can’t really say. I’m sure I’ll be okay.

Prince Albert: “It’s not so much up the aisle or during the ceremony but during those few days, I’ll be thinking a lot about my parents who are not present physically but I think they will be very much with us all during those celebrations, and of course they’ll be in everyone’s hearts and minds.”

Euronews: “So if we can roll back the clock a little bit, and if it’s not too personal a question, how did you propose to Miss Wittstock?”

Charlene Wittstock: “You don’t have to share everything!”

Prince Albert: “I’ll tell you but it came a little as a surprise, she didn’t expect it at that time, maybe she was expecting it at a certain time but not on that particular day.”

Charlene Wittstock: “I wouldn’t have believed it anyway! But the reality has set in now.”

Euronews: “So you were taken by surprise?”

Charlene Wittstock: “Yeah, it was quite surprising. At that point in time I was like “Oh, I think I just got engaged! Hmm. Ok I don’t want to think about it right now. Move on, let’s do shopping!”

Euronews: “You mentionned family: the sound of tiny little feet pattering around the palace, is that on the cards?”

Charlene Wittstock: “Well, for me it is, definitely! I think for both of us, we definitely want to have children. How soon? Not sure. I’m sure you’ll find out soon enough.”

Euronews: “You are an ordinary couple in many respects, do you have the wranglings that normal couples do?”

Prince Albert: “We don’t squabble too much, you know, but little remarks here and there, little conversations, little attitudes…”

Charlene Wittstock: “I think our fondest memories are like, “We’re going to go for a drive, and we’re going to pick up litter at 12 o’clock at night”, and he has in his car a little glove and his little bag, and anything that we see we just stop the car and we go and do our community service for an evening… So it’s quite fun actually! People don’t know what the Hell we’re doing, but you know… strange!”

Euronews: “So how else do you have fun together? You’re both obviously very sporty, do you swim together?”

Charlene Wittstock: “Yeah we do!”

Prince Albert: “Yeah, we do a lot of outdoor activities…”

Charlene Wittstock: “I think I’m a good stroke corrector?”

Prince Albert: “Absolutely. We have done different sports, and we’ve been on hikes also, together and with other friends. So I think, you know, it’s the private moments and it’s the moments where you can really be yourselves that are important and you can relate in a normal way, not only with the person you’re sharing your life with but with other people who are important in your life, so I think those are the important moments.”

Euronews: “Your honeymoon remains a secret… your destination…”

Charlene Wittstock: “Now why don’t we tell the whole world where we’re going? We can do that!”

Euronews: “Your hotel? What are you most looking forward to?”

Charlene Wittstock: R and R!

Prince Albert: “Yes, a little rest and recuperation. Right after the wedding we will be going to South Africa for a few days that are very studious for me because it’ll be the International Olympic Committee session in Durban so I’ll be in the meeting room for three days. But we will be able to have an evening with a lot of friends from the Olympic world but also a lot of friends and family of Charlene’s from South Africa so it’ll be I think a great occasion. And after these proceedings we’ll venture off into the unknown!”

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