PEOPLE: Monaco has new princess

Monaco has new princess

MONACO — After waiting for nearly 30 years, the glitzy principality of Monaco has a new princess.

Charlene Wittstock, a one-time Olympic swimmer from South Africa, married Prince Albert II in an intimate civil ceremony Friday.

Wittstock succeeds Grace Kelly, the Hollywood beauty who wed Albert’s late father, Prince Rainier III, in 1956 and had three children with him before dying in a car crash in 1982.

Dressed in a dusty blue jacket and matching palazzo pants made by Chanel, her blond hair pulled back, 33-year-old Wittstock seemed to be channeling a bit of Princess Grace’s legendary elegance.

The couple took their vows in a ceremony before several dozen guests in the palace’s sumptuous, red silk-walled throne room, where Grace and Rainier also married.

‘‘Oui,’’ both responded in voices so soft as to be barely audible, when asked if they took each other as their spouse. The marriage became official — and Monaco finally had its princess — when the president of Monaco’s Council of State, Philippe Narmino, who officiated the ceremony, pronounced ‘‘I declare you united by the bonds of marriage.’’

William, Kate charm Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario — Thousands of Canadians lined the streets and cheered as Prince William and Kate arrived in an open carriage at Parliament Hill to join in Canada Day celebrations on Friday.

A 21-gun salute to Canada’s 144th birthday and military plane flyovers were part of the pageantry, which was to be capped by a speech by the prince. The newlywed couple is on a nine-day tour of Canada on their first official overseas trip.

At breaks in the official program, the crowd erupted into the cheer ‘‘Will and Kate, Will and Kate.’’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are officially known, began the day Friday by joining in the ceremony for 25 people who became Canadian citizens.

As they emerged from their motorcade at the Canadian Museum of Civilization to raucous cheering from hundreds of spectators. The pro-royal spectators drowned out a handful of protesters.