Monaco’s royal wedding is also a business opportunity for the tiny principality with 200,000 visitors expected.
There are officially approved souvenirs, stylish and simple, featuring just the initials of the bride and groom. But good luck finding one now as they sold out quickly.
Cheaper than souvenir mugs, key rings and plates there are commemorative stamps – five difference designs which go on sale at the weekend.
Magali Vercesi, the director of Monaco’s Stamp Issuing Officer told euronews: “For the principality’s major events we always issue special stamps; Prince Albert is a big fan of stamps. It is one of the few media, I think the only one, featuring the heads of Prince Albert and Charlene.”
To toast the health of the newlyweds, there is a special limited edition wedding beer, with just 8,000 litres being made.
Brewer François Pichon, explained: “This is going to be a pink beer, because I’ve added berries, in this case cranberries. We’ve been working on the beer for three months and we’ve done small test brews to get to this final recipe and we chose this colour to represent the colours of Monaco.”
He added: “It’s going to be available on the first of July and we won’t produce any more after that.”
Our reporter in Monte Carlo, Laurence Alexandrowicz, says: “The colours of Monaco – red and white – are everywhere, but one bakery has produced a tasty tribute to the future princess’ origins. This macaroon has two halves – one flavoured with South African pink guava and the other with raspberry spiced with star anise – a fore-taste of the marriage.”