Almost 30 years after his parents married in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Andrea Casiraghi will tie the knot with his longtime love Tatiana Santo Domingo on August 31.
The ceremony at midday making Princess Caroline‘s son and his Colombian heiress girlfriend man and wife will be a relatively simple affair by royal standards.
No official communiqué has been issued about the wedding, except to confirm that it is taking place and protocol will be kept to a minimum. This is in keeping with the laidback, informal approach to life favoured by the couple who are parents to a baby son named Sacha.
It’s thought a civil service will be followed by an al fresco lunch next to the Palace pool for 400 guests, including Greek shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos, the Missioni fashion family and Tatiana’s influential New York-based siblings.
A special place in the bridal party will be reserved for Charlotte Casiraghi, the groom’s sister who introduced the pair. The royal beauty, who is thought to be about six months pregnant, will be there with her partner French screen heartthrob Gad Elmaleh.
Obviously, her brother’s position as second in line to the throne means that there will be some fanfare.
Several rooms in the ruling Grimaldi clan’s hilltop fortress are available for the service. One is the Hall of Mirrors or Galerie de Glace, which is inspired by one at Versailles and is where Princess Caroline and Andrea’s late father Stefano Casiraghi said: “Oui, je veux”.
Another is the larger red silk damask-draped Throne Room, where the sovereign couple Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were married in a service conducted in English, French and the local Monegasque dialect. It is also the room where Andrea’s grandparents Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III wed on April 18, 1956.
Following the service the happy couple’s nearest and dearest will celebrate the marriage under the shade of palm trees in grounds overlooking the marina. Six barrels of beer straight from the Brasserie de Monaco have reportedly been delivered.
Last year her best friend Margherita Missoni married in a gypsy-inspired setting, complete with acrobats, fortune tellers and painted caravans. At the nuptials in the Italian countryside, guests lounged on Moroccan style cushions.
The bride may have orchestrated a similarly unique reception for Saturday’s extravaganza.
In the evening the party will move onto a venue in town. Tatiana, encouraged by her Brazilian mother, who is fascinated by India and her late father, has always travelled. If she takes inspiration from her trips the festivities will be magical and unforgettable.
Several bands will provide an exotic touch: perhaps part Caribbean, part African. Her friends like to let loose on the dancefloor as they do at the Rose Ball every year and will probabaly carry on the party into the early hours.