Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo Married in Civil Ceremony

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Via The Crown Chronicle

The first half of a Royal Wedding took place this weekend in Monaco as Pierre Casiraghi, youngest son of Princess Caroline, wed his girlfriend of seven years, Beatrice Borromeo in a civil ceremony.

It was a fairly intimate occasion, as 70 of the couple’s closest friends and family gathered to watch as they said ‘oui’, promising themselves to each other. The brief ceremony took place on Saturday, 25th July, shortly before 11:30am, at Grimaldi Palace. Beatrice and Pierre had been engaged since 2008.

The 29-year-old bride wore a bespoke pink, lace gown by Valentino, with a simple floral headband, while Pierre, seventh in line to the Monegasque throne, looked dapper by her side in a simple grey suit. The pair seemed happy and relaxed as they made an appearance on the palace balcony.

Following the ceremony, the Mr and Mrs Casiraghi celebrated with over 500 guests at an informal garden party hosted by the groom’s uncle, Prince Albert, in the gardens of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

The event had a Carnival theme, entertaining guests with local folklore dancing and music, while they dined on a buffet of finger foods and drinks. The event was an extremely private affair and as such no further details have been released, with photographers only able to capture the newlyweds as they left their cars.

The day was rounded out by a lavish party at the Hôtel de Paris. Guests had changed into evening gowns and tuxedos to enjoy an extravagant dinner. The bride, Italian heiress Beatrice, had also changed, arriving in a stunning white backless Valentino gown, with her blond hair transformed into a chic bun.

Prince Albert and his wife, Charlene, had to skip the final event of the day in order to attend another glamorous event, The Red Cross Charity Ball. The event is held yearly and is usually one of highlights of Monaco social calendar but for obvious reasons, much of the extended family were absent this year.

The religious ceremony is expected to follow next weekend, on the 1st August and will take place in Italy, on Isola Bella, an island owned by the Beatrice’s family.

Royal News of the Week : july 20 – 26, 2015

bbf– On the wednesday of July 22, 2015,Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a memorial service in honor of the victims of the 2011 Norway attacks.

– On the evening of July 22, 2015,  Prince Albert  attended  the 2nd Annual St. Tropez Gala, hosted by The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and co-sponsored by Chopard and Giorgio Armani, in St. Tropez, France.

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On the afternoon of Friday, July 24, 2015, Members of the Danish Royal Family witnessed the changing of the guard at Gråsten Slot in southern Denmark.

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On Friday, July 24, 2015,Crown Prince Haakon  and Crown Princess Mette-Marit along with their children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus attended the Saint Olav Festival 2015 in Stiklestad, Norway.

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On Saturday, July 25 , 2015, Members of  the Danish Royal Family posed for the media  at Graasten Castle  in Southern Denmark .

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On Sunday, July 26, 2015,The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth, England.

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