Monaco royal wedding: Majestic day comes to a close with a fabulously romantic first dance

Prince Albert and his bride topped off a splendid religious ceremony with an even more lavish reception.

The centrepiece of the banquet was a towering wedding cake, made of 50 kilos of strawberries and 2,000 edible blossoms including Proteas, South Africa's national flower in honour of Charlene.


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In keeping with their wish to respect the environment, many of the ingredients had been freshly picked from Roc Agel, the estate that Rainier III gave to Princess Grace as a wedding present in 1956.

After this lavish fare, the night sky lit up with a spectacular fireworks display, featuring a giant bouquet of 'fire flowers'.

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Hymne a l'amour, originally by Edith Piaf was sung a capella, and the foghorns of the yachts sounded their approval throughout the bay.

Then, watched by 450 VIPs, dignitaries and European royals, the couple closed their unforgettable three-day celebration with their first dance as man and wife.

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