SA's Charlene weds her prince

The royal wedding between South African Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II of Monaco is...

A kiosk painted with a stamp made to mark the royal wedding between Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock. Picture: AFP

The royal wedding between South African Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II of Monaco is underway.

They are exchanging vows in the throne room of the palace during their civil ceremony, in line with local tradition.

The newlyweds are expected to sign the marriage register shortly with a special pen created by German luxury pen maker Mont Blanc, covered in gold and precious stones.

Father of the bride Mike Wittstock said they will then make their way to the balcony so Monaco's new princess can wave to her subjects.

"Charlene and Albert will have a reception where all the people come and visit the palace," he said. "Prince Albert and Charlene are going back down after the civil wedding to meet the people and mingle with them."

The couple be treated to a South African-style braai at their reception.

A religious ceremony will be held for the royal couple on Saturday.

Meanwhile, messages of support continue to pour in for the for the former Benoni swimmer.

The International Relations Department's Clayson Monyela has wished the royal couple well on behalf of the South African government.

"President Jacob Zuma wishes the couple well with their nuptials and their life together as man and wife and extends good wishes to Miss Wittstock in particular as she prepares to assume royal responsibilities."