Royals tour Canada, Monaco gets a new princess

  • William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

Friday was a royal watcher's bonanza, with wedding vows, an official visit — and poignant reminders of princesses past.

Monaco's Prince Albert II took the plunge with Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock of South Africa, marrying her in a civil ceremony ahead of a religious service Saturday. His father, Prince Rainier III, wed Hollywood actress Grace Kelly in the tiny country 55 years ago.

British royal newlyweds Prince William and Kate — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — won raucous cheers from an estimated 300,000 people while touring Ottawa on Canada's national holiday. It was their first official visit abroad after their widely watched wedding in April.

And admirers of the late Princess Diana gathered at the gates of Kensington Palace in London to leave tributes to her and share their memories on what would have been the 50th birthday of "the people's princess."

Kathy Martin of Australia who left a tribute at the gates said both Grace and Diana were icons who died in car accidents at a young age — Grace in 1982 and Diana in 1997.

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