Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrive in South Africa

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 05: Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco prior to the opening ceremony of the 123rd IOC session on July 5, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. The annual general meeting of the members of the International Olympic Committee held in Durban will decide on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, which of the three candidate cities, Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang, will host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) Jasper Juinen

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco pose prior to the opening ceremony of the 123rd IOC session on July 5, 2011, in Durban, South Africa.
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(CBS) Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived in the princess' home country of South Africa on Tuesday following their wedding weekend.

The newlyweds, now on their honeymoon, are in the port city of Durban for the annual session of the International Olympic Organizing Committee (IOC), and are reportedly planning a lavish reception for 400 guests at a nearby luxury hotel.

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According to People magazine, the couple attended an IOC cocktail party after arriving in Durban "amid tight security." Charlene was dressed in a black cocktail dress and covered her arms with a black shawl, while Albert wore a suit and tie for the event.

Albert and Charlene, who married last Friday and Saturday in Monaco, reportedly spoke briefly with South African President Jacob Zuma at the event, and will have a private lunch with the leader on Wednesday.

"President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday have lunch with His Serene Highness Prince Albert and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco at the presidential residence in Durban," the presidency said in a statement.

The royal newlyweds are reportedly planning a reception for 400 guests at the five-star Oyster Box Hotel in nearby the nearby resort town of Umhlanga on Thursday.

The resort told the AFP that Charlene stopped by on Tuesday to go over plans for the party.

"She arrived today, to discuss arrangements for Thursday's reception," General Manager Wayne Coetzer said. "Obviously we are delighted, it is wonderful for Umhlanga and of course the Oyster Box."

The Oyster Box Hotel wouldn't confirm media reports that the couple is staying in one of the resort's lavish suites, according to the AFP.

A member of the IOC since 1985, Albert, 52, competed in five Winter Olympics as part of Monaco's bobsled team. His wife, the former Charlene Wittstock, 33, is a swimming champion in South Africa who competed in the 2000 summer Olympics. She became a global ambassador for the Special Olympics last week.

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