royal guests – Royal Central
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When Prince Albert married Charlene Wittstock, the first time in a civil ceremony on July 1 and the second in a religious ceremony the next day in 2011, royals from around the world visited the small principality for the festivities. Each reigning European royal family, except Spain, was represented, as were several non-reigning royal families.
Let’s take a look at the Royal Family in the audience on July 1-2, 2011:
King Albert and Queen Paola, then Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, as well as Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were all present on behalf of the Belgian royal family.
Denmark was represented by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, as well as Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.
The small country was represented by Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie.
The members of the royal family representing Luxembourg were Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duke William.
Naturally, all members of the Monaco royal family were in the audience.
The Dutch royal family were represented by Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima.
The King of Norway was represented by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Sweden saw King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine attend.
The Queen sent the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent to her place for the nuptials.
Outside of Europe, the King of Lesotho, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Prince Faisal and Princess Sara of Jordan, Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco and Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand represented their nations.
Non-reigning royal families present included Iran, Russia, Prussia, Serbia, Naples, Romania, Bavaria and Hanover.
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