Princess Charlene is famous with her beauty, style, and activities. She participates in numerous social projects and organizes charity foundations.
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Childhood and Youth of Princess Charlene
Charlene Lynette Wittstock was born on the 25th day of January in the year 1978 in the city of Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Republic of Zimbabwe). Her father, Michael Kenneth Wittstock, was the sales manager in a computing hardware company, and her mother, Lynette Humberstone Wittstock, was a former professional swimmer and diver.
When Charlene was 10 years old, her family moved to South Africa. It was the country she then represented during the Olympic Games.
Charlene Wittstock is a former pro sports swimmer. In the year 2000, she participated in the Olympic Games in Sydney. Her result was the 5th place in a 4x100m relay swim. She planned to take her rematch during the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, but a serious shoulder injury finished her sports career far before she reached the unsuitable age.
Future Princess Charlene Meets Albert, Prince of Monaco
In the year of 2000, during the swimming competiton in Monaco, Charlene Wittstock met Prince Albert who has been fond of sports and swimming in particular. When the prince found out about Wittstock’s visit, he came to the hotel in person to invite a girl for a dinner himself. Still, their first meeting didn’t come any further at that time.
The second meeting between Charlene and Prince Albert occurred in 2006 during the Olympic games in Torino. Albert became the Reigning Prince till that time because of the death of Prince Rainier III.
Since then, Charlene and Albert began to appear in public together frequently. The final chord explaining their mysterious relationship was their appearance at the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
Engagement & Wedding
Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock got engaged on the 23rd of June 2010. One year later, on the 1st of July 2011, they got married.
On the 30th of May, 2014, the official representatives of the Monaco royal family messaged about the fact, that Princess Charlene and Prince Albert were expecting a baby.
Later, it became known that the Princess will give lives to twins. Though, their gender was kept in secret according to a tradition.
The Royal Family
On December 2014, the press service of the royal palace published the official communique, messaging that Princess Charlene gave birth to twin babies Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier. The boy became the Hereditary Prince, despite the fact that the girl was born two minutes earlier. Babies were delivered through the procedure of caesarean section. The Prince of Monaco Albert II hadn’t left his wife alone even for a single minute during that worrying period of their lives.
On the 10th of May, 2015, Prince of Monaco Albert II and Princess Charlene officially christened their children – twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier. The ceremony took place in the Monaco Cathedral with the participation of the archbishop and all the members of the royal family and Wittstock family.
The godparents of the Hereditary Prince Jacques are the cousin of Albert II, Christopher Le Vine and the Prince’s relative Diane de Polignac Nigra. The godparents of the Princess Gabriella are the brother of Princess Charlene, Gareth Wittstock and her close friend Nerine Pienaar.