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Monaco's Albert, Charlene Welcome Twins

Girl born first, but the boy will rule

(Newser) - Brace yourself, planet Earth: There's been a royal birth. Not that one . Rather, the blessed and royal event has taken place in Monaco, where Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene have today welcomed twins, a boy named Jacques Honore Rainier and a girl named Gabriella Therese Marie, reports the... More »

1 in 25 New Yorkers Is a Millionaire

And city tops world for billionaire residents, study says

(Newser) - If you were to chuck everybody who wasn't a millionaire out of New York City, the city would still have a higher population than New Orleans, according to a new study. Researchers at Spear's magazine say 4.63% of the city's population have assets of $1 million... More »

Kidman's Grace Humiliated at Cannes

It's absolutely slammed by critics

(Newser) - To say the premiere of Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role, did not go well last night at Cannes would be an understatement. In an absolutely scathing review at the Guardian , Peter Bradshaw calls the biopic "a breathtaking catastrophe ... a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that... More »

5 Hot Events You Can Attend Next Year ... via Cruise Ship

From Mardis Gras to Carnival and beyond

(Newser) - Cruises are about more than just eating as much as possible, lounging by the pool, and wandering around port cities. As Fox News reports, they can also get you to some of the biggest events of the year. A sample:
  • Australian Open: One of the four annual Grand Slam tennis
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Solar-Powered Vessel Travels 'Round the World

MS Turanor PlanetSolar lands safely in Monaco

(Newser) - A cool, spaceship-like catamaran dropped anchor in Monaco yesterday after completing the first-ever round-the-world trip by a solar-powered vessel, the LA Times reports. The MS Turanor PlanetSolar left Monaco in September of 2010 with the goal of showing "that we have the technologies as well as the knowledge to... More »

Monaco Prince Hospitalized in Fight Over Supermodels

Pierre Casiraghi finds himself in brawl with former club owner

(Newser) - Prince Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco, the 24-year-old grandson of Princess Grace, found himself in less-than-classy circumstances on Saturday when a fight over vodka and supermodels broke out between his entourage and another group at a Manhattan nightclub, sending the prince to the hospital. Casiraghi had been partying with a group... More »

Charlene, Albert on Hellish Honeymoon

Prince Albert, Charlene Wittstock don't seem to be having much fun

(Newser) - Not too surprising considering the bride supposedly tried to flee three times , but newlyweds Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock don't appear to be all that blissful on their honeymoon. A fantastically British ABC News correspondent describes Wittstock as appearing to be "sucking on a lemon" in all the... More »

Monaco Princess Tried to Flee Wedding 3 Times

Wittstock spooked by Prince Albert's growing number of out-of-wedlock kids

(Newser) - The bride who didn't look all that excited to wed Monaco's Prince Albert tried to flee the ultra-luxe wedding not one but three times, sources now say. Charlene Wittstock was reportedly stopped by cops just last week at an airport in France, where she was about to head... More »

Prince Albert, Charlene Wed in Monaco

Bachelor prince now has his princess

(Newser) - Another royal wedding, but not a Pippa in sight. Prince Albert II of Monaco wed former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in predictably lavish style. Today's pomp followed a quiet civil ceremony yesterday. Albert, 53, is 20 years older than his South African bride, and the wedding went off despite... More »

Inside Prince Albert's 'Glitterati' Guest List

Invites went out to designers, models, athletes

(Newser) - France's richest man, a prince from South Africa, and a James Bond actor are among the glitterati converging on Monaco this week for the much-anticipated nuptials between Prince Albert II and former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. It's the first wedding of a reigning prince in the... More »

Palace Swats 'Ugly' Rumors of Albert's Runaway Bride

Fiancee Charlene Wittstock apparently didn't try to call off wedding

(Newser) - An aide to Prince Albert II has dismissed as "ugly rumors" news reports the sovereign's fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, tried to call off the wedding and return to her native South Africa. Christiane Stahl says the reports, which have appeared in several European publications, are "the very incarnation... More »

Prince Albert's Lady Almost Put Wedding in a Can

Wittstock stopped at airport after new revelation about prince: reports

(Newser) - Someday my prince will come ... and have me tracked down at the airport as I try to flee my upcoming marriage to him. That just might be the thought running through the head of South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock—the intended of Monaco's Prince Albert—who was stopped... More »

World's Most Expensive Home Sells For...

...a whopping $305 million, according to reports

(Newser) - Perhaps you thought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s recent $40 million mansion purchase was a bit extravagant. Well, it was nothing compared to this: The world’s most expensive home just sold for $305 million, according to the New York Post , which cites a report in the London Times.... More »

Prettiest Celebrity Brides Ever

From Elizabeth Taylor to Ivanka Trump, the finest wedding finery

(Newser) - June is the traditional month for weddings, but a gorgeous bridal ensemble is timeless. From Elizabeth Taylor (in 1950 ... and 1964, and 1975) to Ivanka Trump (in 2009), InStyle picks the best-dressed celebrity brides. To see more selections, including Marilyn Monroe in a brown suit, click here . More »

Prince Albert of Monaco Engaged

Perhaps this will inspire William to propose?

(Newser) - Finally, a royal wedding! No, not Wills and Kate: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock. The 52-year-old prince met the 32-year-old former teacher in 2000 and has been dating her publicly since 2006. This is Albert’s first marriage—though he has fathered two children out of wedlock—... More »

US Backs Bluefin Tuna Ban

Obama administration stands with conservationists

(Newser) - The Obama administration will endorse a full ban on the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna, the strictest protection yet for the endangered sushi fish. Monaco proposed such a ban late last year, but the administration hesitated to endorse it, sparking criticism from marine scientists. Now, with less than two... More »

10 Tax Havens Agree to Curtail Bank Secrecy

Brown will announce G20 deal with Switzerland, Monaco

(Newser) - Ten tax-haven nations—including Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Monaco—will share information with other countries about suspected tax dodgers in a deal to be announced at this week’s G20 summit, the Telegraph reports. The deal is a coup for PM Gordon Brown, who is hosting the summit and who has... More »

Monaco Overtakes London On Priciest Homes List

(Newser) - London has tumbled off its perch atop the list of priciest places to buy residential property, the Financial Times reports, allowing Monaco to swoop in and take the crown. Monaco’s top properties now fetch $68,000 per square meter, compared to $38,000 for London and $22,500 for... More »

Out of Land, Monaco Eyes Ocean

Tiny, rich principality wants landmark on stilts, but environmental concerns loom

(Newser) - Monaco, flush with cash from tourism and its status as a tax haven, is trying to acquire the one thing it lacks: space. Its square mile of space is full (it's the world's second-most-densely populated country), moving Prince Albert II to decide to build an artificial offshore district—on stilts,... More »

Prince Albert to Wed Swimmer

Monaco's ruler reportedly plans summer wedding

(Newser) - Prince Albert of Monaco plans to wed his 30-year-old girlfriend, South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, says a French gossip magazine. “While the date is not yet fixed, two sources confirm that preparations are under way for a royal wedding at the end of the summer,” reports Reuters,... More »

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