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Monaco prepares for another “princely” wedding

Monaco is preparing for another princely wedding as the son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Louis Ducruet is to marry his girlfriend of six years, Marie Chevallier. The couple shared some new details about their upcoming wedding in an interview with Paris Match.

Princess Grace of Monaco’s grandson, Louis Ducruet announced his engagement to Marie Chevallier on Instagram. Princess Stéphanie later confirmed her son’s big news saying she was “pleased” with the engagement.

In their first joint interview, the pair shares more about their love story. The couple met for the first time in a nightclub in Cannes. Louis told that he saw Marie and immediately thought she was so beautiful. Marie, on the other hand, didn’t notice Louis until she saw him at Skema Business School in France where they both studied. Marie Chevallier told the story to Paris Match: “As time passed, I felt like I was observed by someone. When Louis and I crossed eyes, it was love at first sight.”

Even though it was love at first sight, it took over six months until the couple got together: “As we are both very shy, it took us some time, the whole school knew that I wanted to be with him, and he wanted to be with me, but it took six months before one of us decides to take the first step. That’s how it all started.”

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Over the years, Louis Ducruet has become less timid. Before proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Louis asked permission from Marie’s two older brothers as Marie’s father passed away a few years ago. He then informed his mother Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and his sisters, Pauline Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb. Louis Ducruet revealed in the interview, “She [Princess Stéphanie] was very happy, very moved. Just like my sisters who were there too. All three of them took me in their arms.”

Louis Ducruet also revealed that his mother and sister Pauline accompanied him to buy the engagement ring. “Once in the store they again could not hold back their tears,” said Louis. His family is said to be very much involved in the wedding planning.

Louis proposed to Marie in her native country, Vietnam in February 2018. About the proposal, he said: “Once I put a knee on the ground, Marie was so shocked that she took a few steps back, I had to tell her ‘don’t go, don’t go.’ She was sobbing; her ‘yes’ was barely audible. But I realised that it was good.”

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Louis and Marie also revealed that they would get married in the Summer of 2019, but the pair didn’t want to share the exact date just yet. The pair also announced that they would get married in the Cathedral of Monaco.

This will be the first Princely Wedding in the cathedral since his aunt, Princess Caroline married her first husband, Philippe Junot in 1992. His cousins, Andrea and Pierre both had their civil ceremonies at the Princely Palace of Monaco and their religious services abroad. The last time the cathedral was used for a ceremony in the Princely Family, was the christening of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in 2015.

Louis is a son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and nephew of Prince Albert II of Monaco; he is currently ranked 14th in line to the throne. Louis does not hold any titles and neither will his fiancée, Marie.

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