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Royal wedding on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is once again at the centre of the famed jet-set, thanks to a wedding fit for a prince.
Fit for a prince not only due to its fairy tale-likeness, but also because the groom is the Prince Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco and the bride is the Countess Beatrice Borromeo.
They said “I do” on Saturday August 1st at noon, in the private church of the Borromeo palace on a small island, Isolino di San Govanni, in front of the Grand Hotel Majestic of Pallanza.
It is precisely in this prestigious and historical hotel, overlooking Lake Maggiore, where the Grimaldi family stayed: Princess Caroline of Monaco with her daughter Charlotte accompanied by her partner, actor Gad Elmaleh, and by their child Raphael. Stephanie also stayed in the Majestic Hotel with her daughter Pauline Ducruet, along with the sister of the bride, Isabella, with her husband Ugo Brachetti Peretti and their children.

A choice made based on the high standards of hospitality of the staff at the Grand Hotel Majestic, as well as the high level of privacy which the establishment offers: it is in fact impossible to take a snapshot in the garden or in the halls of the establishment, where the rulers of the Principality of Monaco spent their days prior to the wedding.
Caroline was met by the groom Pierre and by Beatrice for dinner at the “La Beola” Restaurant of the Grand Hotel Majestic, precisely two days before the ceremony. It was a useful opportunity to define the final details of the elaborate schedule with the efficient London wedding planner.
The first event involved a pre-wedding dinner party on the Madre Island. The guests of the Hotel Majestic left at around 6:30 pm on a boat, typical of the lake. Everyone was dressed rather casual, Caroline wearing a long red and black floral dress, even Charlotte with a long dress in a light Chiffon print. A dozen boats followed the official one to the Madre Island, with onboard photographers ready to capture the stolen moments between the guests. Therefore, they missed the young groom dressed in white who went down to the dock, moderately shielded by the Isolino di San Giovanni, to meet his betrothed, who looked beautiful wearing a romantic Alberta Ferretti dress, white with lace, and soft tousled hair with a crown of flowers, all exuding a Botticelli-style.

For the official ceremony on Saturday August 1st, Beatrice chose a simple Armani gown, short, with a long veil. The groom, who had already been spotted in the early morning between Stresa and the small island, aboard his speedboat with yellow leather seats, was wearing a light gray tailcoat tuxedo.
In the park of the small island two marquees were set-up for the guests and one, made to look like an altar, for the spouses, but thankfully the ceremony was spared by the rain.
The guests began to arrive in Pallanza and at the Isolino di San Giovanni at 11, the majority by speedboat from Stresa. The Grimaldi family which was staying at the Grand Hotel Majestic had to only endure a brief boat crossing. The mother of the bride, Caroline of Monaco, wore a spectacular hat, floral sleeveless top and pencil skirt. Her daughter Charlotte chose a short dress in bright yellow lace. Stephanie of Monaco wore dark blue, while her daughter Pauline wore a red dress.
During the ceremony there were incursions by a few helicopters over the small island, hunting for photos and videos, even a drone was used.
The photographers in Stresa had more luck, where the lower level of security and privacy allowed them to capture a lot of known faces heading to the dock to board the boat. The most photographed guest, especially by passersby, was Lapo Elkann as usual, who arrived in a vintage Fiat 500 Cabrio with aboard his nephews and nieces, along for a scenic ride.

Many crowns were present: the Norwegian royals were spotted, as well as Maria Gabriella of Savoia. Albert of Monaco and his wife Charlene arrived from Montecarlo for a day trip.
Among the guests were the sisters of the bride, Lavinia with her husband John Elkann and Matilde with Antonio Von Fustemberg, the brother of the groom Andrea with Tatiana Santo Domingo, the mother and the brother of Stefano Casiraghi, the Niarcos family, the grandmother of the bride Marta Marzotto, Franca Sozzani the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italy, Eva Herzigova and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda.
After the official church ceremony, the evening reception was held at the Rocca d’Angera castle with over 600 guests, who arrived at the impressive location aboard a vintage steamboat "Piemonte".

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Written by:
Grand Hotel Majestic, Editor