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Prince Albert Met Charlene At Swimming Event

February 4, 2012 by staff 

Prince Albert Met Charlene At Swimming Event, Charlene, Princess of Monaco (French: Charlène; née Charlene Lynette Wittstock; born 25 January 1978), is the wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. She is also a former South African Olympic swimmer.

Charlene is the daughter of Michael and Lynette Wittstock. She was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to a family of German, English, South African, and Rhodesian descent. Her family relocated to the Transvaal, South Africa, in 1989 after living in Zimbabwe for several years. She represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the Women’s 4×100 m Medley. She retired from competitive swimming in 2007.

Charlene met Prince Albert in 2000 at a swimming event in Monaco. They were first seen together in 2006, and she has accompanied Prince Albert on many of his official duties since then. They announced their engagement in June 2010 and were married on 1 July 2011.

Charlene met Albert II, Prince of Monaco, in 2000 at the Mare Nostrum swimming meet in Monaco. They were first seen together at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Charlene moved in with Albert in 2006. She accompanied him to the weddings of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, in 2010, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in 2011.

Dual Cypher of Charlene and her husband
On 23 June 2010, the palace announced the engagement of Charlene and the Prince. Charlene, who was raised a Protestant, converted to Roman Catholicism, even though this is not a requirement of the Constitution of Monaco. The future princess was also instructed in the French language and the Monégasque dialect, and became familiar with European court protocol.

The wedding was originally scheduled for 8 and 9 July 2011 but was moved forward to prevent a conflict with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Durban on 5-9 July. The couple had invited members of the IOC, including president Jacques Rogge, to their wedding. The couple attended the IOC meeting; hence Charlene’s first foreign visit as Princess was to her childhood home, South Africa.

During the week before the wedding, the palace was forced to deny reports that Charlene had been getting cold feet. French weekly L’Express reported that Charlene tried to leave Monaco on Tuesday, 28 June, after rumours surfaced that Albert had fathered a third illegitimate child. The report claimed Monaco police intercepted her at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and confiscated her passport, and that it took “intense convincing” by Albert and palace officials for her to stay. The palace called the stories “ugly rumours” born out of jealousy.

The couple were married in a civil ceremony on 1 July 2011 at the Throne Room in the Prince’s Palace. The Nuptial Mass on 2 July was a lavish affair. Only days after the beginning of the couple’s honeymoon in South Africa, several newspapers from Spain, Britain and elsewhere reported that Charlene and Albert were not staying at the same hotel, but were in fact booked in different hotels several miles apart. These reports fueled rumours about the couple’s marital crisis that was sparked off even before their wedding.

As Monaco’s first lady, Charlene presides at the principality’s National Day celebrations, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose) held to raise funds for the Princess Grace Foundation, and the annual Red Cross Ball.

Princess Charlene is known for her elegant dress sense, patronising designers Akris and Armani. She wore a Giorgio Armani Prive design for her wedding dress, and attended the Akris show at London Fashion Week in October 2011.

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