She had kept her composure during the wedding service, her head bowed in an indication that the scale of the grand event was perhaps overwhelming her.
But in the Saint Devota church, away from the crowds, Princess Charlene of Monaco finally allowed herself a show of emotion.
The pretty South African - who has been described as having "nerves of steel" by the Prince Albert's friend Stephan Vern - couldn’t help but shed a tear as two French singers serenaded the newlyweds.
She was quickly offered a tissue, and dabbed gently at her eyes as the beautiful music rang out through the church.
Once she had regained her composure, the 33-year-old went on to lay her bouquet.