Prince Albert and Charlene on official Irish state visit

Monday April 4, 2011

Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, who announced their engagement in June last year, made their first official state visit as a couple on Monday, as they arrived for a three-day tour of Ireland. 

Fifty years on from Princess Grace and Prince Rainier's historic trip to the country, in 1961, Prince Albert's engagements include inaugurating an exhibition at Farmleigh House in honour of his late mother.

The sovereign prince and his fiancée were greeted by the Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband in Dublin, a day after the palace announced that Charlene had converted to Catholicism, Monaco's official religion.

A statement from the principality read "Miss Charlene Wittstock who professes the Christian faith, has been admitted by free and personal choice into full communion with the Catholic Church."

The couple are due to be married in July.

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