Eternal bachelor Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock have settled on a wedding date.

A religious ceremony has been set for July 9, 2011, while the civil wedding is to take place the day before at the palace, the Palace of Monaco announced Thursday.

Albert, 52, has been linked to a string of beautiful women over the years and fathered two children during previous unions, however he’s made an attempt to shed his playboy image since succeeding his father Prince Rainier in 2005. Albert’s been dating Wittstock — a 32-year-old former youth worker and Olympic swimmer — since 2006.

The couple announced their engagement last month.

It’s been more than 50 years since the small Mediterranean principality has celebrated the royal wedding of a sitting prince. Monaco watched in awe as Albert’s parents Rainier and Hollywood legend Grace Kelly wed in 1956.

Share on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on RedditBuffer this pageDigg thisShare on LinkedInPin on Pinterest

« »