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Princely Palace releases unseen video series for Princely Couple’s 10th anniversary

On Thursday, Princess Charlène of Monaco posted a video on Instagram in anticipation of her and Prince Albert’s 10th wedding anniversary. 

Their Serene Highnesses met at the 200 Mare Nostrum swim meeting in Monaco, with then-Ms Wittstock being a swimmer representing South Africa. They made their public debut at the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006, shortly after Prince Albert had become Prince Sovereign of Monaco, following his father’s death, and he had subsequently settled his latest paternity suit. 

They announced their engagement on 23 June 2010 and attended Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s wedding on the 19th of June as a couple. The royal code of conduct strongly suggests that royals bring dates to official events if they are officially engaged or married, so this attendance hinted at the engagement announcement to come. 

They were originally supposed to get married on the 8th and 9th of July 2011, but they decided to delay the wedding in order to avoid a conflict with the International Olympic Committee summit happening from the 5th to the 9th of July. Prince Albert is a member of the IOC.

They ended up celebrating their civil wedding in the Throne Room of the Princely Palace of Monaco on 1 July 2011, and their religious wedding in the court of the palace on 2 July. 

On the 30th of May 2014, the Princely Palace announced that Princess Charlène was expecting, and, after much speculation, it was confirmed that she was pregnant with twins on 9 October. The babies were born on 10 December 2014 at the Princess Grace Hospital Maternity Unit in Monaco. 

Since then, Princess Charlène has reduced the load of engagement she undertakes in order to take care of the children. 

On Thursday, the Princely Palace announced on Facebook that, starting on the 1st of July, all social media accounts will host a series of 10 videos retracing the couple’s celebrations, the preparations and the wedding day.