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Old 2nd Jul 2011, 16:29
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Fairy-tale wedding in Monaco

Officially married yesterday, but the religious ceremony held today Saturday. Just been watching it all live (looks like the closing stages now) for the past 2 hours or so, but feels much longer than that...?!

By God, Prince Albert and Her Serene Highness Charlene must be very patient people (which bodes well for Monaco in the long run I guess). But those religious folks appear to be milking the occasion to the max.

Whatever, the main purpose of this post concerns the carpet (or rug if you prefer) upon which the couple variously stood, sat and kneeled upon during the ceremony. It looked to me to be of Persian origin. I'm not sure if that should have any significance with regards to what was a wholly (holy) Catholic religious ceremony, but I remain intrigued.

PS. I'd like to express my best wishes to Prince Albert and Charlene. His family has experienced much unhappiness over so many years. Witness Princess Caroline and Stephanie. It can't be easy losing a mother at an early age. Perhaps Prince Albert and Charlene will be able to "rebuild the family". And Prince Albert wisely guide Monaco into towards the 22nd Century. Relying less on dubious rich tax-exiles etc. to fund growth.

PPS. Whoever was responsible for Her Serene Highness Charlene's makeup today should be summarily executed, or else (I prefer), be given a huge bonus in addition to normal salary. Charlene has lovely wrinkles around her eyes which proves that she's used to smiling a lot...?! Long may that endure.

Let's talk about that Persian carpet / rug though...
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Old 2nd Jul 2011, 16:44
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Would this be the same now blissfully wed bride who, a week ago ( allegedly ) was all set to pack her bags and leg it to South Africa then ??....and the same bride who appeared on the balcony yesterday with a face like a calving iceberg when she smiled ?

Just to avoid any confusion here you understand..
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Old 2nd Jul 2011, 18:28
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Can we please just concentrate on the carpet / rug and leave everthing else to one side for a moment?
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Old 2nd Jul 2011, 19:16
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There's an obvious one about "Charlene's carpet/rug" but I ain't going down there......
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Old 2nd Jul 2011, 21:36
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If you're a Brit or an Aussie, there's only one fairytale Charlene wedding worth talking about ...
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 17:39
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Gentlemen / Ladies (?!),

Please stick to fact, not fiction. The fictional character "Charlene" was played by Kylie Minogue. Prince Albert's "Charlene" is a real person...

And what about that Persian rug...?!
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 18:25
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And what about that Persian rug...?!
Looks more like a Navajo rug to me.
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 19:53
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Shurely shome confusion...

I thought it was called a 'Brazilian,' not a 'Persian.'

I was watching this hoo-rah this very evening with the Ball & Chain. She was all, '[I]Aaaah[/I,' while I was trying to guess the dollar amount of the pre-nup that got her to sign on for this ride with Grimaldi & Co, conversion to Catholicism included. I was thinking something north of $10 mill but that is probably too little.

This guy looks like a sport and I give it one year before some papparazzo has piccies of him doing the dirty in some swimming pool or on the poop deck of a yacht. On the other hand, he obviously has a good sense of humor, dressing up like an ice cream vendor for his wedding, although Her Indoors didn't seem to be enjoying the joke.
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 19:58
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I watched it wall to wall. (yeah I know.)

The bride appeared to be under duress.

Anyway, why is an athletic 33 year old looking to shack up with a playboy 20 years her senior ? She could snag many a wealthy young businessman.

She's now a Grimaldi, hope it all works out.

Of course, politics play a role. A male heir required ? Should she deliver one, I believe she would be discarded.

Edited to add : Apparently, Albert negotiated with France that Monaco would always remain an indepenent principality, regardless if male or female Ruler. Ever been a female ruler ?

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Looks more like a Navajo rug to me.
But is it shag pile?
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 20:22
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Nine posts in & no one's said it. So I will; Monaco, a sunny place for shady people.

I went there once. Up until a few years ago, they allowed paragliding above the town, so since we were already having a flying trip around Greolieres & Bar-Sur-Loup up the road in the Alpes Maritime, we popped down for the day.

The flying was ok, but the memory that abides is driving through the tunnel, down to the chicane in a Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck, with six guys all going Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr r...at the dizzy speed of 30 miles an hour.
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 20:24
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Yeah, so you read today's papers, Parapunter. Somerset Maugham.

Whoopee do! Lovely white dress for Catholics. Don't know about the blue ensemble thrown together the day before.

Still....All is forgiven after 3 Hail Marys...not Hairy Marys.....!

It was the size of his swimming pool what clinched it.

You can't beat a South African swimmer when it comes to tumble turns.
 
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Yeah, so you read today's papers, Parapunter.
No, try again.
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We do not move in these (artificial) circles.

Make no mistake, they can be alluring.

The question is : Why did she marry a known playboy 20 years older than her. He has other children, we all know.

Imagine it be Wills from England.

What to say ?
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 21:29
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Comments please.

The Princess never appeared to be happy.

Albert was in stress mode all the time. He is a serial winker (I mean winker).

Then again, it takes two to tango.
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There was a closup of the kiss in one of our news services, it looked like he was smooching her chin.

On a interesting note it'll be good to see how many on the side shags and kids he gets and whether he can out do the Procrenator (Arnie)
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This pearl

Princess Charlene of Monaco 'tried to flee three times' | News.com.au

Looking like she was there at the end of a modern day gun, read lots of money to produce an official heir.
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My granny used to say, "Girls who marry for money end up paying for it".

Personally I think that anyone that rich and 'eligible' would have been married years ago unless he is totally lacking in redeeming qualities. Just a theory...
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"Now then, young lady, what was it that first attracted you to this billionaire?"
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Old 4th Jul 2011, 13:07
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The Roman-Catholic ceremony follows the civil wedding which was held in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace of Monaco on July 1.
Seriously? He must have a posher, larger throne room than the rest of us......
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