Monaco's medieval royal house invited the entire population of its tiny realm to join them in celebration.
The Mediterranean tax haven declared two days of national holiday as Prince Albert II married South African swimming champion Charlene Wittstock, hoping his romance will help him win back the hearts of his people too.
The 53-year-old playboy's lengthy bachelorhood had begun to try the patience of his people, keen for him to secure the stability and traditions of the royal house by producing a legitimate heir with his statuesque bride.
A smiling Charlene, who already appeared relaxed and content earlier on Thursday when she arrived for a wedding rehearsal, even tried out some dance steps with His Most Serene Highness as the fans cheered.
Charlene showed off her broad swimmer's shoulders in a black bustier, despite reports that she is trying to modify her exercise routine to achieve a more classically elegant shape, and Albert wore a dark jacket.AFP