Prince Albert has revealed details of his nephew Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo's wedding celebrations, which are due to take place on Saturday 25 July. The prince, who is personally involved in the arrangements, is organising a cavagnëtu for the special day.
"It's the Monégasque equivalent of a picnic, though we won't have submarine sandwiches or hamburgers or hot dogs," he told People magazine. "Well, maybe hot dogs ..." he added.
"It's going to be a summer garden party, a finger-foods-for-lunch thing," he continued. "With buffet tables and drinks, there'll be places for guests to sit, but it's going to be mostly informal."
The relaxed affair will see plenty of entertainment for the guests – thought to be as many as 700.
Prince Albert revealed: "There'll be some local folklore dancers. And music. And, we'll play some pétanque. It's a light fete and I will give a toast. I'll try and keep it short and not bore everybody, have them feel I ran on and on."
The informal blend of palace and picnic is a nod to Pierre's country-style upbringing – "He wanted to have a wedding reminiscent of his childhood and to share that with his bride," explained another source.
Pierre's brother Andrea and his wife Tatiana set the tone for fun-filled wedding celebrations when they tied the knot in 2013 and partied the night away at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.
Their al fresco lunch reception included a luxury gelato stall which was supplying the guests with sweet treats, while everything was washed down with six barrels of luxury beer straight from the Brasserie de Monaco.
Pierre and Beatrice's celebrations will be followed by a lavish religious ceremony on the bride's family-owned Borromean islands.