Monaco royals party in Durban

2011-07-08 09:18
Rowan Sewchurran
Durban – Newlyweds Prince Albert II of Monaco and his South African bride held a glamorous party at Durban’s The Oyster Box hotel for friends and family who were unable to attend the wedding in Monaco on July 2.

Security was beefed up for the list of rich, famous and influencial guests at the exclusive event.

A large group of local as well as foreign media tried to get a shot of the many celebrities at the party.

Guests were greeted at the door by Sam Ramsamy, member of the International Olympic Committee and former president of the South African National Olympic Committee.

The guestlist included more than 400 VIPs including German chancellor dr Angela Merkel, the president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, as well as Britain’s Princess Anne. Also in attendance were French prime minister Francois Fillon and the grand duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Frederik of Denmark and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte.

President Jacob Zuma, one of his wives Thobeka Madiba Zuma, the minister of finances Pravin Gordhan and the minister of sport Fikile Mbalula were also invited along with other politicians.

A kiss for the cameras

Former Namibian Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks also attended.

Prince Albert was one of the first to arrive. Princess Charlene arrived a few minutes later in a floor length, black lacy dress adorned with African patterns.

In order to amuse the media Prince Albert asked Charlene for a kiss, and she obliged with a smile.

Guests at the reception were treated to performances of Zulu war dances and African choir music.

Princess Charlene will briefly head to Cape Town on Friday in order to meet with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and to support various charities.


  • ANCIST - 2011-07-08 09:54

    Goal digger! - 2011-07-08 10:01

      what is a goal digger?

      Creeky - 2011-07-08 10:03

      Did you not mean "COAL DIGGER"????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

      Ross - 2011-07-08 10:31

      Did you mean "Gold Digger"? Phew!!

      bevaneil - 2011-07-08 11:07

      Should she have gone for a poor Witbank boertjie?..some people are so stuck in their struggles they always negative..get over yourself already, you would swear Albert is an alien not worthy of being loved for who he is.

      Uno_Beche - 2011-07-08 11:35

      Just because you are talking about trash from the east you shouldn't use grammar like in the east

      chappy - 2011-07-08 12:32

      Uno: For someone that seems to despise SA so much and always has a negative comment, you seem to spend a helluva lot of time looking at our websites and stories. It's pretty clear you are a typical chicken-runner that secretly cries himself to sleep thinking about SA but is too stubborn to admit it, so trawl through as much about SA as you can to feel "close to home". You're not fooling anyone sunshine.

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-08 13:19 trigger

  • McDaNife - 2011-07-08 10:01

    Hey what about the runaways before the wedding, she looks happy though. Money talks huh!

      JayaRe - 2011-07-08 10:11

      Maybe the trip to Cape Town will give her another gap?

  • Wayne - 2011-07-08 10:13

    She truly is a beautiful woman, but wow she has quite a broad set of shoulders...obviously from swimming.

      My5cents - 2011-07-08 14:36

      @Uno-Beche What a nasty, crass comment.

  • Ross - 2011-07-08 10:33

    When she is a young fit 43 year old he will be seventy minus seven.

      bevaneil - 2011-07-08 11:30

      & he'll still be rich....

  • Debonaire - 2011-07-08 10:36

    I am moving to Benoni and then I am going overseas in my frog suit - see what happens

      e - 2011-07-08 10:39

      Heee love this :)

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-08 13:04

      Yeah I think Benoni really seems to have some kinda "magic portal" that will transport you to fairy-fantasy land, wierd that!

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-08 13:15

      ...and it's not just Charlene Or Charlize...I happen to know of a number of more low-key ex - Benoni chicks that struck gold. Their big Gucci Bags were empty as a eunuchs underpants, and now they strain under the weight of newly found riches. Magic I tell you!!

      Umfubi - 2011-07-08 13:54

      @Judge Judy: and judging from your comments, especially about Charline, you're all chewed up that you didn't manage something yourself. Does all this venom really make you feel better? Shame.

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-08 15:34

      @Umfumi....nahhh ...just peed-off that I am no-where near Benoni. Please learn to spell yr heroes name properly!

      Umfubi - 2011-07-08 17:43

      @Judge Judy: you too, honey. It's UMFUBI, not Umfumi.

  • Kietakind - 2011-07-08 10:46

    oh leave her alone! why is she a gold digger? he is a catch and so is she

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-08 13:06 in "catch of the day". Sounds fishy to me.

  • Sir Richard - 2011-07-08 10:56

    and in Cape Town Dewani's friends will be there to greet you bwhaahaa

      frangelico - 2011-07-11 00:42

      @Sir Richard(NOT)don't hear anyone laughing at your comment,you're one insensetive son of a bitch,how do you think Dewani's wife's family are feeling after such a cheap comment.

  • craig - 2011-07-08 14:22

    lmao, eish... that comments bad even for me.

  • chat-chat - 2011-07-08 16:01

    Why can't people just wish her happiness and leave it at that. All this nasty sniping shows what envious small-minded people we are. She is a beautiful woman, achieved Springbok colours and she is also gracious and untainted by sordid scandal. I wish them both well.

      Regurk - 2011-07-09 07:31

      Because that's South Africans for you. They see the 'riches' that they envy & cannot even stand by the girl when she is probably now living her worst nightmare that she couldn't escape from. Instead of feeling empathy, they just feel envy - how sad. Go well Charlene - I hope genuine happiness comes your way one day. And you HAVE done South Africa proud.

  • frangelico - 2011-07-09 22:27

    @JsnoekJudy,am so glad you're still around,was wondering when would reappear. You haven't noticed Charlene wearing a hard hat yet,have you?To be a gold digger you also need pick,glasses very heavy duty stuff, our princess does not need any of these.She also does not need Alberts money,She is wealthy in her own right.So smelly cat go serve your customers,before the snoek smell overwells them .Just an after thought how are your 2 businesses doing,you know the brothrel,your fish & chips shop.You should be very busy,seeing as you made such an impact on the intenet last week,not to mention enemies. alot of strength

  • frangelico - 2011-07-09 22:31

    @Uno-Beche You have a very sick & filthy mind you son of a bitch.

  • frangelico - 2011-07-10 12:00

    @J.Judy,Umfubi you're right this snake is full of venom,Judy please stay away from Benoni,you're not wanted here.This city is happy without the likes of you.

  • frangelico - 2011-07-10 12:04

    @J snoek Judy who would know better about the catch of the day,only you seeing as you're a fishmonger

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-11 08:35

    when she visits South Africa we can say : "Hola Seven "

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