Prince Albert Charlene WittstockIt was a royal affair in Monaco Friday morning as Prince Albert II and longtime girlfriend, Charlene Wittstock married in a civil ceremony inside their palace, Us magazine reports. Although we have a feeling that Prince William and Kate Middleton will hold their ground as the most popular royal newlyweds, the nuptials mark the end of a lengthy courtship and long anticipated union for the couple -- the pair first met 11 years ago.

Wittstock, 33, is a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa who met Prince Albert, 53, at a swimming competition in Monaco in 2000, although they never made an official appearance together until the Winter Olympic games in 2006.