Fifty days before the event, and following publication of the programme for 1 and 2 July 2011 on the www.palais.mc website on 4 April, here is some further information:
Thursday 30 June :
- 7.00pm: Journalists accredited by the Press Centre are invited to attend a special press event on the Hotel Méridien beach in Monaco.
- 10.00pm: The couple will offer a special concert for Monegasque citizens, residents, persons working in the Principality and people from neighbouring communities. The EAGLES, a group from California, a pioneer in country rock, will give a two-hour concert in the Louis II Stadium, before an audience of 15,000 people expected to attend.
Friday 1 July :
- The Monegasque people are invited to Palace Square to watch the civil wedding ceremony to be held in the Throne Room, live on giant screens. The couple will then join them in Place du Palais for a buffet prepared by the Fairmont Monte-Carlo, with Mediterranean and South African dishes by Chefs from South Africa and Monaco.
Saturday 2 July :
- 9.00pm: The official dinner will be served on the Opéra terraces, followed by fireworks and the opening of the Ball in the Opéra.
The first official souvenirs will be on sale from 23 May, the full range will be available from the first week of June.
Partners to the Royal wedding:
On both days the receptions will be accompanied by the most prestigious vintages from the Champagne House and a personalised vintage will also be served for this historic event.
The Prince and Miss Wittstock will sign the registers with a pen specially designed by Montblanc.
Set with precious stones, this unique piece will also display the couple's monogram.
The couple have chosen a Lexus LS 600h L for the wedding ceremonies. Its hybrid system makes this car truly exceptional for its low CO2, NOx and particle emissions for its level of performance and comfort.
It is currently undergoing conversion.
Following a call for tender, the Palace chose R&G Productions to host the live broadcast of the wedding of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Wittstock.
Consequently, R&G will air the international signal for the wedding ceremonies for international distribution to all countries having so requested.
As host broadcaster, R&G Productions will also be in charge of supplying any additional technical resources and services requested by international broadcasters present at the event, as well as managing and catering for broadcasters with their own production and transmission resources at the TV compound.
A coordination and "booking" system has been set up to handle requests from each broadcaster.