Monaco’s Prince Albert Engaged

Monaco would soon have its first crown princess in almost 30 years. The royal palace has announced that Prince Albert and his longtime partner Charlene Wittstock are engaged.

Although a wedding date has yet to be announced, it is expected that marriage between “His Serene Highness” and Wittstock, a former South African Olympian, would not take place in the next six months. Royal couples usually wait at least six months from the announcement of their engagement before getting married in keeping with protocol.

Wittstock, who has lived in Monaco since 2006, will become the first crown princess of the principality since Hollywood icon Grace Kelly died in a car accident in 1982. Kelly married Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III, in 1956.

Albert has never been married, although he has acknowledged producing two children out of wedlock. However, neither of Albert’s children can succeed him, putting crown prince under pressure to produce a legitimate heir with Wittstock. The son of Albert’s older sister, Princess Caroline, is second in line to the throne if the prince fails to produce an heir.