July 22, 2010 / 9:37 AM / 9 years ago

Monaco's Prince Albert wedding set for next year

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock pose for the photographers for the charity summer gala for Fight Aids Monaco in Monaco, July 16, 2010. REUTERS/Nebinger/Pool

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Prince Albert of Monaco, son of late Hollywood star Grace Kelly, will marry South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in July next year, the palace of the principality said Thursday.

The religious marriage will be on July 9 and a civil ceremony will be held the day before at the Prince’s palace.

Albert, 52, who had been linked to a string of beautiful women and has acknowledged fathering two illegitimate children, announced his engagement to Wittstock in June.

The last time Monaco celebrated a wedding of its ruling prince was in 1956, when Rainier, Albert’s father, married Kelly, bringing a huge dose of glamour to the tiny Mediterranean principality.

Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Steve Addison

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