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Monaco dismisses pumpkin notions

Monaco dismisses pumpkin notions
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This Friday’s royal-Olympic wedding in Monaco has glitterati from all over Europe revving up for putting on the Ritz but nobody is admitting to nerves.

The civil ceremony in the principality’s palace throne room will be performed by the head of the Council of State, Philippe Narmino.

Narmino said: “It’s an exceptional moment for me, something I won’t get to do twice: marry a sovereign prince!”

The father of the bride Charlene Wittstock said recently he is less nervous here than at home in Johannesburg, where he got mugged in his own garden in February. The religious ceremony will be on Saturday in the palace courtyard.

Archbishop Bernard Barsi, who has known the soon-to-be-ex-bachelor Prince Albert for ten years, said he is not nervous: “I am preparing to live the moment as serenely as possible. I have celebrated a number of marriages, as a priest, less as archbishop. But every wedding is a unique story, a love story.”

Monaco’s Grimaldi dynasty has grounds for wishing all goes well, given that Albert’s sisters had some marriage troubles. They will be hoping there is no pumpkin in this fairy tale.