She’s addressed officially as ‘her serene highness The Princess of Monaco.’ Charlene Wittstock is the only person to have ever held the title, after her late mother in law, Grace Kelly.
Labeled as one of the most elegant and fashionable ladies after she wore exclusive Armani dress to her wedding.
Charlene was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to sales manager Michael Wittstock and Lynette Wittstock.
Her mother was an ex-competitive diver and swimming coach.
She’s fluent in both English and Afrikaans.
For fifteen years, the princess had taken part in competitive swimming.
She began at the age of three and began participating in competitions at the age of 8.
Her first swimming competition was in 1999 at the All African Games in Johannesburg.
She won three gold medals and one silver medal.
Internationally, she participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, with the South African women’s 4x100m.
The team came in fifth place.
Charlene also took part in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.
A South African 50m women’s backstroke champion, after taking part in the 50m backstroke final at the Telkom Aquatic Championships.
She competed the FINA Short Course World Championships for the 200m breaststroke and came in sixth.
A shoulder injury meant that her swimming career came to an end.
She was hoping on taking part in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Although she’s no longer taking part in competitive swimming, her injury hasn’t stopped her from taking part in charity swimming events such as the Midmar Mile.
Apart from swimming, the princess enjoys surfing and mountain hiking with her husband.
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Just like any royal, Charlene has expressed interest in wanting to get involved in charity work.
She was made the global ambassador of the Monaco chapter Special Olympics founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Under her influence, Charlene is expected to promote and encourage the respect and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities to a worldwide audience.
Charlene also does charity work for The Princess Charlene Foundation and the Giving Organization Trust.
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Marriage & Motherhood
Charlene Wittstock met her future husband at a swimming event held in Monaco in 2000.
They were seen publicly for the first time as a couple at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
After they’ve been together for ten years, Charlene and Prince Albert announced their engagement in 2010.
They became husband and wife in July 2011.
Charlene of Monaco became a mother to twins in 2014: Princess Gabriella Countess of Carladès and Jacques Hereditary Prince of Monaco.
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Still on the royal agenda, read about Charlene’s late mother in law – Grace Kelly
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