Prince Albert II of Monaco just wed Charlene Wittstock, a "commoner" (just like his mother, Princess Grace), former South African Olympic Swimmer born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The Civil Ceremony occurred yesterday and today was the Religious one--in other words: THE GOWN!!!!
Princess Charlene of Monaco---was going to wear a wedding dress by Italian designer Giorgio Armani and his Armani Prive Haute Couture line.
Swarovski Austrian crystals. Princess Charlene--as I mentioned above--is an Olympic Swimmer and well, she has got a FAB shoulder-to-shoulder ratio--so it was no surprise that she would opt for an off-the-shoulder gown that would highlight this very strong physical feature of hers (not to mention the rest of her statuesque figure). It also makes sense to go the complete opposite of that infamous Princess Grace Wedding Gown from the 1956 wedding, designed by MGM Costume Designer Helen Rose (above). The silhouette was "fit-and-flare" and also had a "Watteau"-like VERY LONG and DRAMATIC train that originated from her top back section (see photo above). The silk tulle veil was perfectly draped above her up-do back chignon--which was accented by diamond hair jewelry. No tiara kids, in case you were wondering. Her father walked her down the open air "Monaco Red Carpet" aisle and into the Palace Church. The wedding was picture perfect--just like the Bride and her over $100,000 Custom gown. Click Below for the Video of the Prince Albert and Charlene Royal Wedding: