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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Royal Engagements!

Last June 19, 2010, the world witnessed the lavish wedding ceremony of Sweden's future Queen, Victoria, to a commoner gym owner, Daniel Westling. But it seems the European royals caught a marriage bug after attending the ceremony that two of the most eligible princes in the world followed by announcing their

The first to announce is the 52-year-old ruler of Monaco, Prince Albert II, current head of the Royal House of Grimaldi. Monaco is a tiny, but glamorous principality in the Mediterranean coast, southwest of France. The palace spokesman announced Albert's official engagement to the 32-year-old South Afrian Olympian, Charlene Wittstock, on June 26, 2010. The royal wedding is set on the summer of 2011. 

His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock

Prince Albert has been Monaco's ruler since April 2005 upon the death of his father, Prince Rainier III. Prince Albert is the only son of Prince Rainier and Hollywood actress, Grace Kelly. He has two sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie. Charlene Wittstock is a South African Olympian who took part in the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a backstroke swimmer. She and the Prince met in 2006 during a swimming competition in Monaco and started dating months later. Charlene moved a year later to the principality and became Albert's constant companion in many social events.

Albert's stubbornness to find a suitable wife created a growing concern among the people of Monaco, if he would die without a legitimate successor and provided none of his sisters would willing to assume the responsibility to head the House of Grimaldi, the tiny principality would be taken back by France. Prior to his death, Prince Rainier declared his eldest child, Princess Caroline as Albert's presumptive heir until Albert sired legitimate children. Prince Albert's former girlfriends include Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, Brooke Shields, Tatjana Oxenova, and one German aristocrat.

  His Royal Highness, Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark with his fiancee, Tatiana Blatnik

Another European royal who will soon walking-down-the-aisle is the dashing Greek Prince, Nikolaos, second son of Constantine II, the deposed King of Greece and Queen Anna Marie, both direct descendants of Queen Victoria of England and King Christian IX of Denmark. The 40-year-old Greek royal is related to all European royals.

His father is the closest friend and second cousin of Prince Charles of England and a younger brother of Queen Sophia of Spain, her mother, Anna Marie, is the youngest sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. He is working in his father's business in London. His future bride, 29-year-old Tatiana Blatnik is of noble origin, her German mother is a descendant of King George II of England.

She is a fashion designer and event planner of the fashion house, Diane von Furstenberg, based in London. The Prince previously dated Supermodel Elle Mcpherson and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Prince Nikolaos and Tatiana will wed on August 25, 2010 with a romantic backdrop of sunset at the whitewashed 19th century monastery of Ayios Nikolaos, overlooking the ancient harbor of the mystical Greek island of Saronic and Spetses.

It seems, the children of Ex-King Constantine II is mesmerized with the fashion designing world. His eldest son, Prince Pavlos, married Marie Chantal Miller, daughter of American billionaire, Robert Miller. Chantal is into fashion designing too and owns a children clothing line in London.

His youngest daughter, Princess Theodora is recently opened a fashion house in London after she graduated from the prestigious fashion school in London, St.Martin. Both Princess Theodora and Prince Nikolaos earned a college degree at the prestigious Brown University in the United States.

Anyway, this news is a relief to all royal watchers who had been tailing the romantic affairs of these two irresistible royal princes, who, for so long, refused to settle down.

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