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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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