HER SERENE HIGHNESS PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO
When She was aged 12, her family emigrated to South Africa. At an early age she developed a passion for swimming and in 1996 at age 18 she won the South African Championship. In 2000 she won the gold medal for the 200m backstroke event at the “Marenostrum” international swimming meeting in Monoca. At this event She met Prince Albert for the first time as He was presiding over the international competition.
In 2002, She won three gold medals at the swimming World Cup (50m and 100m crawl, 4x100m relay) and the silver medal during the Manchester Commonwealth Games (4x100m medley relay).
In 2007, She ceased competing after qualifying for the Beijing Olympics.
Miss Wittstock was married to the Prince in a civil ceremony on 1 July 2011 in the Throne Room at the Palace of Monaco and the religious ceremony took place the next day in the Cour d’ Honneur of the Palace of Monaco presided over by His Excellency Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco. She bears the title “H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco” along with all the historical titles vested to the Prince, in the feminine. On 10 December 2014 Princess Charlene gave birth to twins, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
– HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco
On 21 November 2015, Princess Charlene joined in partnership with the Pontifical Council and attended their 30th Annual Conference for Healthcare Workers at the Vatican where She spoke about the global drowning epidemic and about what Her Foundation is doing to help save lives from this scourge. In 2018 She agreed to be the patron of the Kevin Richardson Foundation after meeting Kevin and recognizing the work he does in bringing awareness to the plight of Africa’s most iconic animal.
Princess Charlene enjoys surfing as well as mountain hiking. Her choice of books includes reading biographies and ethnic South African poetry. Beyond her long list of charitable interests she also has a passion for contemporary art.
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