What to know about the glamorous couple before their royal wedding in July

By Peter Mikelbank
Updated June 30, 2015 04:45 PM
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Now that Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and his bride Sofia Hellqvist have said “I do,” there s a new royal wedding to look forward to: the nuptials of the dashing Pierre Casiraghi and the beautiful Beatrice Borromeo.

Casiraghi, nephew of Monaco’s Prince Albert, and Italian heiress Borromeo will wed in successive civil and religious services in Monaco and Italy on July 25 and Aug. 1.

Before the duo tie the knot, here are a few things to know about Pierre, the 27-year-old son of Princess Caroline, and his bride, a 29-year-old journalist and TV host.

1. They were college sweethearts.

The couple began dating in May 2008 while attending Milan’s Bocconi University. Pierre studied international business, while Beatrice studied law. Beatrice also earned an M.A. degree from New York’s Columbia University in 2012.

2. Their wedding has some regal RSVPs.

Pierre’s uncle, Prince Albert, and his aunt, Princess Charlene, are expected to attend, as are the groom’s mother, Princess Caroline, brother Andrea Casiraghi and sisters Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Alexandra of Hanover.

On Beatrice’s side, there are a number of counts who will attend – most intriguingly, her three half sisters, the Countesses Isabella, Lavinia and Matilde, who’ve married into Italian and German nobility, as well as the Fiat-Chrysler fortune.

3. They have style. They have grace.

The glamorous 5’10” blonde doesn’t just have model looks; she’s actually walked the walk. Beatrice modeled for both Cavalli and Chanel as a teen. And she’s an heiress to the Italian fashion manufacturer Gruppo Marzotto, which has owned Valentino and Hugo Boss.

Pierre also shares a flair for style. He’s the grandson of fashion icon and Hollywood royalty Princess Grace Kelly. At 6’2″, he s considered one of Europe’s best-dressed men. In 2013, he and actor Jeremy Irons modeled for Berluti shoes, posing for photographer Jean Baptiste Mondino.

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4. Her bling ring shines bright like a diamond.

Early press reports suggested Pierre offered his bride-to-be a large pink diamond engagement ring. Recent photographs, however, show her wearing a halo of white pear-shaped diamonds with a diamond-encrusted band.

5. He has talents.

Within the Grimaldi clan, Pierre’s reputation is that of a diligent student and serious businessman (he has held control of his late father’s construction business since 2009). He also has a devilish sense of humor, friends say, and plays the saxophone.

6. Brawling is not one of them.

Pierre experienced brief tabloid notoriety in February 2012 when he was hospitalized after a fight erupted in Manhattan’s Double Seven nightclub. Beatrice was with him at the time and took to Twitter to defend Pierre.

7. They are blessed.

There is a saint in the Borromeo family line – St. Charles Borromeo was a cardinal who was archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584.

8. The ceremony will be a real-life fairy tale.

The Aug. 1 religious ceremony will be held on the Borromeo islands, a group of islands in Northern Italy owned by the bride’s family since the 17th century. Famed American novelist Edith Wharton described the Borromeo islands and its gardens as “anchored in a lake of dreams.” Easily reached from Milan, they’re open for public visit daily from late March through October. Tickets run between $10 and $25.

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