Sunday, January 8, 2012

Royal weddings of 2011

Pin It The union of Prince William and Kate Middleton was undoubtedly the wedding of the 

year, but several other royal couples tied the knot in grand style in 2011.

Royal wedding maid of honor Pippa Middleton, with bridesmaids and page boy, make

 the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following her sister's 

marriage at Westminster Abbey in London.

Prince Albert II of Monaco kisses his bride, Princess Charlene of Monaco, at the 

Monaco palace, after the civil marriage ceremony. The wedding was monumental for 

the tiny country, which has been without a princess since Albert’s mother, Grace Kelly,

died in a car crash 30 years ago.

Princess Charlene chose a blue suit for the civil service but wore a haute couture 

gown Armani gown with a six-yard train for a second service the next day.

Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, married Mike Tindall. The couple are seen together in Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh. Phillips, who does not have an official royal title, kept the ceremony simple and relaxed.

Phillips, who is 13th in line for the British throne, decided to keep her maiden name, citing her success as a world champion equestrian. Husband Mike Tindall is also an athletic star, as captain of the English rugby team.

Groom Mike Tindall arrived at the wedding with friends and fellow rugby players. The reception was held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s offical Scottish residence.

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema kiss in front of the crowd at the main stadium as part of their wedding celebrations in Thimphu. Pema, 21, is the daughter of an airline pilot whose family had long known the royals. The ceremony mixed Buddhist and medieval traditions.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center left, and Queen Jetsun Pema during Buddhist blessings before their marriage ceremony at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan. The 31-year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies at the monastic fortress.

Bhutanese schoolchildren wave the national flag of Bhutan as they wait for the arrival of the royal couple. The ceremony kicked off three days of celebration throughout the country.

Spain's Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James-Stuart, shocked the country by marrying commoner Alfonso Diez at age 85. The wedding ceremony was held at the Palacio de las Duenas in Seville. The duchess holds more aristocratic titles than anyone else in the world — 46, according to Reuters.

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