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Charlene Wittstock wears Armani to wed Monaco's Prince Albert in religious ceremony

July 3, 2011 |  9:10 am

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Day three of Monaco's wedding extravaganza Saturday was the kind of lovely, pomp-and-festivity-filled event we love to fawn over. Charlene Wittstock wore an off-white silk Duchesse Giorgio Armani Priv√© dress with a long train and long veil made from silk tulle. The train is seen to full advantage in the photo below of the bride being escorted to the service by her dad, Michael Kenneth Wittstock. The dress was embellished with flowery embroidery, crafted with stones in gold shades, along with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues. 

Prince Albert II wore the cream-colored summer uniform of the palace guards, along with medals including the French Legion of Honor and the Order of the Grimaldi. The service was conducted in French, which the bride, who was born in Zimbabwe and was on the South African Olympic swim team, has studied for months. 

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The religious ceremony (capped by a gourmet dinner, light show and fireworks) followed a civil ceremony on Friday in the prince's throne room and an Eagles concert on Thursday. [People] [Zimbio]

-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco are cheered on by well-wishers (credit: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images); Charlene is escorted to the service by her father Michael Kenneth Wittstock. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images). 

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