updated 07/06/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/06/2011 AT 5:30 AM ET
After the fairytale wedding comes the bill.
Amid tight security on Tuesday, honeymooners Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived in Durban, South Africa, where they were greeted by the country’s president, Jacob Zuma – who informed Albert he still needed to meet one local custom: a dowry for his South African-raised bride.
“It’s a South African tradition that a man pays lobolo for a wife,” joked Zuma, invoking the Zulu dowry custom of presenting a negotiated gift of cattle to the bride’s family as proof that the bride will never go hungry. “So we expect Prince Albert to pay cows for his bride.”
The couple, who married last weekend in a lavish ceremony, spoke briefly with Zuma at an International Olympic Organizing Committee cocktail party they attended after their overnight flight to the KwaZulu-Natal region’s King Shaka International Airport.