At age 53, Prince Albert II of Monaco has finally married today in a civil ceremony. His bride, Charlene Wittstock, is a stunning blonde Olympic swimmer from South Africa. She is 20 years younger than he is. Charlene has lived in Monaco for several years and many thought she was just another one of Albert's long string of gorgeous girlfriends until last summer when they announced their engagement. For her prince, Charlene converted to Catholicism and has been trying to learn French. She also has grown increasingly elegant to suit her opulent little principality--and good thing too since her immediate predecessor as Princess of Monaco is Albert's late mother, Princess Grace, who died in a tragic car accident when Charlene was still a toddler.
Today's civil ceremony will be followed by an elaborate religious ceremony on July 2.
But Charlene is now officially Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. (Read more about Charlene)
These flowerbeds at the Sainte Devote Church display the flags of Monaco and South Africa, in tribute to the new princess.