Wedding fever has taken over in Monaco where Prince Albert II has married his fiancee Charlene Wittstock in a civil ceremony in the lavish Throne Room of the Palace of Monaco.
The wedding, presided over by Philippe Narmino the registrar for the ruling Grimaldi family, was one many thought they would never see.
But with one small word — ‘oui’ — the 33 year old former South African swimming champion officially became Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, and with a flourish of the pen she signed her way into 700 years of Grimaldi family history in the tiny Mediterranean state.
It was the same room where Albert’s parents, Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly married in 1956 launching the principality into a playground for the glamourous jet set.
The prince’s sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, were among the high ranking dignitaries to witness the ceremony.
While tears were shed inside the crowds cheered outside.
The couple were determined to make the event one for the Monegasque people of Monaco and 3,500 guests had been invited to watch the ceremony on big screens outside.
The party began in earnest with a presentation from the mayor to the newlyweds before a show of traditional folk music and dancing.
And 24 hours later they will do it all over again, this time in a religious service.