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Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock prepare for wedding
The Guardian UK ^ |  June 26 2011 | Angelique Chrisafis

Posted on 06/26/2011 2:44:31 PM PDT by Cincinna

He is the prince who never grew up – a one-time playboy and son of the Hollywood star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. She is a working-class South African 20 years his junior, a former Olympic swimmer and the daughter of a photocopier salesman. When Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock marry this week in a two-day populist extravaganza in the wealthy Mediterranean enclave, tens of thousands of tourists are expected to flood in to witness the ultimate "prince and commoner" wedding. The American rockers the Eagles will belt out Hotel California in a special gig for locals while synth-pop guru Jean-Michel Jarre performs a light show over the port. 

But the wedding is more than just the latest soap opera instalment of the House of Grimaldi, a dynasty as famous for its heartache as its glamour. It is vital for the survival of the Mediterranean tax haven. Monaco, the world's smallest state after the Vatican, has 360,000 registered bank accounts and a 35,000 population – the vast majority of whom are foreign expats, many British, paying no income or capital gains tax. If Somerset Maugham once famously called Monaco "a sunny place for shady people", Prince Albert declared when he took over that "morality, honesty and ethics" would guide his rule. In 2009, Monaco was removed from the OECD blacklist of unco-operative tax havens, after promising to be more transparent with foreign authorities asking questions. But it continues to exempt its rich foreign residents from paying tax, and its own vast wealth depends on the international fortunes that take residency there. The Grimaldis, who have run the enclave for seven centuries, are the protectors of Monaco's special status.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: albertcharlene; gracekelly; monaco; royals; royalwedding; weddingbells
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She moved to Monaco five years ago. She is famously nervous about manners and how to dress and talk, and has been taking French lessons although she is not yet fluent. She has won a reputation as a fashion symbol. The couple, aged 53 and 33, now face two challenges: producing an heir and avoiding the personal trauma and tragedy that has plagued the Grimaldis. Albert has acknowledged two illegitimate children: a daughter with an American tourist and a son with a Togolese flight attendant. A change in the constitution allows the ruling prince's title to pass through the female line, but a male heir is still sought after in the deeply traditional, Catholic enclave. Albert has insisted he knows nothing of a supposed curse on family marriages, but Kelly died in 1982 in a car crash on one of Monaco's hairpin bends, his sister Caroline lost her second husband in a speed-boat crash and his youngest sister, Stephanie, is famous for an anguished love life, marrying and divorcing her bodyguard before marrying and divorcing a trapeze artist. Wittstock, with her trademark Grace Kelly-style blonde chignon, has rejected the obvious physical comparisons with her husband's late mother. Alain Perceval, author of a new book on the Monaco couple, says she should not be compared to Kate Middleton either. "Charlene comes from a very humble background in South Africa, a bit rustic, she's from an ordinary family and had a very humble life," he said. "You simply can't compare her to Kate Middleton, who went to prestigious schools and comes from what we would call the haute bourgeoisie."
1 posted on 06/26/2011 2:44:35 PM PDT by Cincinna
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To: Cincinna

She’s pretty. He’s not. Ah, well. Best wishes to the both of them. ‘Specially with that baby thing.


2 posted on 06/26/2011 2:47:31 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Clara Lou

Heh Heh...Prince Albert in a can...


3 posted on 06/26/2011 2:50:26 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Cincinna

He doesn’t look like playboy material.


4 posted on 06/26/2011 2:50:26 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Cincinna

Need to start taking bets of when there be the first Gay Royal Wedding.


5 posted on 06/26/2011 2:50:57 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Cincinna

Yet another “royal” wedding I could give a care less about. Just another big wig spending millions on a $100 wedding.


6 posted on 06/26/2011 2:52:32 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor. 15: 1-4; THE gospel of grace spelled out for all the lost. This is the way to Heaven.)
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To: Cincinna

Perhaps she has “huge tracts of land!”


7 posted on 06/26/2011 2:54:24 PM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: Cincinna; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono
The Prince has gone slumming!
8 posted on 06/26/2011 2:56:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RetiredArmy

The article was not mostly about the wedding. The leftwing Guardian started a rant about the rich avoiding taxes in the state of Monaco.


9 posted on 06/26/2011 3:05:06 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: Crim

Beat me to it!


10 posted on 06/26/2011 3:05:32 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Cincinna
Do you have Prince Albert in a Can?

Yes.

Well, let him out!


11 posted on 06/26/2011 3:22:24 PM PDT by garjog
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12 posted on 06/26/2011 3:25:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Clara Lou

13 posted on 06/26/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Cincinna

14 posted on 06/26/2011 3:28:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Cincinna; afraidfortherepublic; carton253; seenenuf; LucyT; Miss Didi; Think free or die; ...
Get the latest news about the wedding in Monaco on July 1, & July 2.  *** FRENCH POLITICS AND CULTURE PING LIST ***  FREEPMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO JOIN  ***

Charlene is destined to become a fashion icon. Her natural, classic good looks make her a great model for designers. She has shown excellent taste so far, emphasizing simplicity, understated lines and subtle colors. She dresses appropriately for every occasion. As the wife of a Head of State, she will represent her country around the world. 


GRACE PATRICIA KELLY


CAROLINE & PHILIPPE JUNOT



CAROLINE & STEFANO CASIRAGHI

ALBERT & CHARLENE






CHARLENE WITTSTOCK, FUTURE PRINCESS OF MONACO









15 posted on 06/26/2011 3:28:46 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Nevadan
He was good looking when younger.

With his $$$$ who needs good looks.

16 posted on 06/26/2011 3:33:43 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Cincinna

Cinncinna, is Monaco somehow attached to France politically?

I ask because all I know about is it is a tax haven, and Grace Kelly.


17 posted on 06/26/2011 3:37:50 PM PDT by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Cincinna

He’s no Adonis, but he isn’t bad looking. She is pretty.


18 posted on 06/26/2011 3:49:51 PM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: Nevadan

All you have need to be a ‘playboy’ is celebrity status and the $$$ that goes with it. A title is a real plus.

Albert isn’t bad looking at all, he just happens to be bald, which is considered a negative, and also makes one look older, like prematurely gray hair. (I grew up in a houseful of bald men, so it’s not so much a negative to me)


19 posted on 06/26/2011 4:08:40 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Cincinna
Oh, well! We have Michelle!

I love the panda dress!

20 posted on 06/26/2011 4:13:10 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

Poor girl, she isn’t a true fashion icon. I didn’t see any boob belts.


21 posted on 06/26/2011 4:16:46 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Cincinna

Enough already!


22 posted on 06/26/2011 4:22:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: padre35

I think it was once a French possession and that the Grimaldis have it by a treaty that states if there is never a direct heir it returns to France.


23 posted on 06/26/2011 4:31:05 PM PDT by tal hajus (ever the cynic)
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To: Cincinna

Bald, isn’t he?


24 posted on 06/26/2011 4:37:56 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Cincinna

Her shoulder are too broad..looks like a linebacke.
Hmmmm sounds like someone else we know.


25 posted on 06/26/2011 4:41:28 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

Should read Linebacker.
At least the face is attractive.


26 posted on 06/26/2011 4:42:51 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Cincinna

Am I mistaken..I thought she was the Princes “other woman”? Wasn’t he married and playing on the side with Charlene? Maybe I’ve got the royality mixed up...their lifestyles do resemble soap operas. Rather like Hollywood in the USA. But anymore even our government! ‘Weiner” comes to mind as well.


27 posted on 06/26/2011 4:57:13 PM PDT by caww
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To: padre35

Monaco is right next door to France, tucked in between France & Italy. Nice, France, Is 11km from Monaco, as the crow flies.
Monaco has been an independent State, ruled by the Grimaldi family, originally from Genoa, for the past 700 years. Monaco is a member State of the UN, and has it’s own Olympic team.
Much intermarriage with the French nobility, especially the princely family of Polignac, has given Monaco much if it’s French cultural heritage.
The official language of Monaco is French. The money is the Euro, before the Euro, it was the French franc. Monaco issues it’s own postage stamps, which are very beautiful, and highly collectable.

Monaco is a tax haven because there are no income taxes, capital gains tax, or ISF, as in France. However, this does not apply to the French. French living in Monaco have to pay the confiscatory income taxes and ISF.

There is a VAT instead.


28 posted on 06/26/2011 5:02:59 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: caww

Albert has never been married; neither has Charlene. The Soap Opera of
marriages & divorces are about his two sisters, with five marriages, three divorces, and one separation between them.

The State religion of Monaco is Roman Catholic. Albert is head of the Royal family of Monaco, the Grimaldi family, and is also Head of State.
To prepare him for his role as Head of State, his parents sent him went to Amherst College & he has an MBA from Whartom School, after which he worked in finance & management in NY.


29 posted on 06/26/2011 5:11:44 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

Thank you for clearing that up. MAkes one wonder how he kept his nose so clean with his two sisters reputations.


30 posted on 06/26/2011 5:13:16 PM PDT by caww
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To: patriot08

Charlene was a world class Olympic swimmer representing her native South Frica in the Olympic Games. She has the strong back & shoulders of a professional athlete. She is slim and graceful, and a clothing designers dream.
Any comparisons with Michelle-Antoinette are ridiculous.
You will never see Charlene in a boob belt! She is always appropriately dressed, (see photos at William & Kate’s wedding). Her husband-to-be is half American, and proud of his cultural roots and of his mother’s country. He maintains very close ties with his Kelly and Levine cousins from Philadelphia.


31 posted on 06/26/2011 5:25:20 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

She has an attractive face, but I don’t think her body looks good in clothes.
Kate has a body made for high fashion and a very pretty face...comparison or not.


32 posted on 06/26/2011 5:38:26 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Cincinna

Hmm... Monaco’s climate.

January is the coldest month with average high/low = 54.1/46.6.
August is the hottest month with average high/low = 78.6/70.7.

Not bad at all.


33 posted on 06/26/2011 5:41:21 PM PDT by decimon
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To: EDINVA

If being bald is a liability with the ladies, howcome so many real men nowadays are shaving their heads or at least getting buzzcuts?


34 posted on 06/26/2011 5:56:50 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: Tucker39

Damned if I know! I think what’s considered ‘good looking’ varies from generation to generation, from one ethnic or racial group to the next. Also from subculture to subculture, i.e., ‘goth’ or ‘hipster’ or ‘yuppie.’ And that goes for both genders.

I look at some of today’s Hollywood stars and wonder if they could have even been cast as extras during Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” (Sarah Jessica Parker ... really?) Alas, beauty is and always has been in the eye of the beholder.


35 posted on 06/26/2011 6:16:59 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: decimon

Monaco has a micro-climate. 300 days of sunshine per year.
The Cote d’Azur (Riviera) started out as a winter resort for European & Russian nobility who came there to escape their cold Northern climates.
Queen Victoria spent much time there,& made the French Riviera fashionable. Even today, much of the Riviera is British is style, but verySoutgern in climate.


36 posted on 06/26/2011 6:41:50 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: EDINVA

Charlene, Kate Middleton, and the gorgeous Grace Kello were Anglo-Saxon in origin. Charlene was raised Presbyterian, but recently converted to Roman Catholicism to marry Albert.

Albert is half Irish-American. The Kelly’s of Philadelphia are a prominent Irish family. Bother Jack Kelly was an all American. The Kelly side is very pronounced in Albert & his sisters.
Charlene bears a resemblance to Grace, which she cultivates, but is not the breathtaking beauty that she was. She was an American treasure. A very beautiful woman, and an excellent actress.


37 posted on 06/26/2011 6:49:58 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

I think she’s very attractive and I love her ‘natural’ 33-year old face. The top photo of Princess Grace is so lovely. That woman was just absolutely beautiful.


38 posted on 06/26/2011 6:52:07 PM PDT by constitutiongirl (The Truth is a Person.)
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To: constitutiongirl

that face looks more than 33 years old to me.


39 posted on 06/26/2011 7:01:26 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The right to bear arms is proved to prevent government genocide. Protect yourself!)
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To: McLynnan

I know and how dare Charlene not to wear clothes that are too tight! Can’t even see the lines of her underwear! No class.


40 posted on 06/26/2011 7:21:46 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Cincinna

Thanks, and she is quite beautiful.


41 posted on 06/26/2011 7:51:51 PM PDT by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Cincinna

From the bits I’ve read in your recent threads about this wedding (and I thank you for that!) I feel a certain sympathy or empathy for this young woman. Both Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton were raised in monied families that could send them to the ‘best’ schools, provide the proper trappings, etc. to deal with the “High Society” (h/t to GK) that is ahead now for working class Charlene.

At the first holiday dinner I hosted as a new bride, my sainted mother in law seemed somewhat aghast that I hadn’t set out a pickle fork! “Honey, don’t you have a pickle fork?” Pickle fork? WTF is a pickle fork? God bless him, my brother in law piped in and said “WE have pickle forks! ALL our forks are pickle forks!” and got me out of THAT pickle. Grrrr, I know. That WAS bad.


42 posted on 06/26/2011 8:01:00 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Chickensoup

White girl,blonde, Zimbabwe born, South African raised, swimmer, outdoorsy-athlete...sun, sun, sun. I think she looks good and she doesn’t look like she’s had those horrible fillers that create that melting wax doll look so many women sport now-a-days.


43 posted on 06/26/2011 8:25:25 PM PDT by constitutiongirl (The Truth is a Person.)
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To: Cincinna

Whose funeral was she at in the last picture?


44 posted on 06/26/2011 8:46:06 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Cincinna

Thanks for the ping. I read an interesting book once about Princess Grace. Her wedding dress weighed a bunch. It’s amazing she wore it so many hours considering the weight. She was an elegant lady. Hopefully the new Princess can carry on where she left off.


45 posted on 06/26/2011 9:12:28 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: iowamark

The picture of Charlene in the black veil was taken at the funeral of Prince Ranier’s sister, and Albert’s aunt, Princess Antoinette. It was a major state occasion in Monaco, and made the cover of Paris Match.


46 posted on 06/26/2011 9:20:54 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Cincinna

Please please take me off this ping list!!!!!!!!!!!!!


47 posted on 06/26/2011 9:30:08 PM PDT by JRochelle (Obama sucks, birthers suck, Trump sucks, I could go on but I ran out of room.)
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To: EDINVA

I understand what you mean. But although Charlene comes from a modest background, her training as an Olympic athlete give her the strength and self discipline to deal with her new life.
Albert was an Olympic athlete as well, being the captain if the Monaco team for many years, & serving on the International Olympic committe. They seem to have a great deal in common, and share a common language, English.
I certainly wish them well.


48 posted on 06/26/2011 9:32:52 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: lonestar

No class= boob belt ;•}


49 posted on 06/26/2011 9:42:48 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: constitutiongirl

Grace Kelly was so beautiful & talented. I just watched the A&E Bio on YouTube.... excellent, with great photos of her childhood & movie star days. There are 4 parts. Part One is here:

A&E GRACE KELLY BIOGRAPHY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8La-Z0s9o


50 posted on 06/26/2011 9:50:50 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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