July 22, 2010 / 9:37 AM / 7 years ago

Monaco's Prince Albert wedding set for next year

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.

<p>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</p>

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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