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Princess Charlene is a former South African Olympic swimmer who, after her marriage to Prince Albert II, became the Princess of Monaco

InformationDetail
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1978
NationalitySouth African, Zimbabwean
FamousPrincess Consort of Monaco, Swimmers, Miscellaneous, Celebrities
SpousesAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
SiblingsGareth Wittstock
Known asCharlene Wittstock, Charlene Lynette Wittstock, Princess Charlene
Childrens Countess of Carladès, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Jacques, Princess Gabriella
Birth PlaceBulawayo
Born CountryZimbabwe
ReligionProtestantism, Christianity, Catholicism
Height177cm
GenderFemale
FatherMichael Kenneth Wittstock
MotherLynette Humberstone Wittstock
Net Worth$150 million as of Apr 4,2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inBulawayo
Famous asPrincess consort of Monaco

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Who is Princess Charlene of Monaco?

Princess Charlene is a former South African Olympic swimmer who, after her marriage to Prince Albert II, became the Princess of Monaco. When Charlene was a child, her family moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa where she received her early education and also developed a keen interest in swimming. She began her competitive swimming training under the supervision of her mother, who was a swimming coach, and went on to represent South Africa in 2000 Sydney Olympics. She first met Prince Albert of Monaco in an international swimming event held in Monaco and after several years, the couple was first spotted in public together at an international sporting event. For years Albert had enjoyed a playboy lifestyle which raised the question of whether he would ever marry, but her appearance on the scene raised hopes of a wedlock. In the following years, she retired from competitive swimming and eventually the couple put an end to the speculation, announcing their engagement. Their two-day royal wedding ceremony took place in the Monaco palace and she was styled as the Princess Consort of Monaco. Three years later, the couple was blessed with twins and people witnessed the next heir to the throne of Monaco. As the gorgeous Princess of Monaco, she remains actively involved in charitable causes, a sound symbol of elegance and compassion.

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Childhood & Early Life

She was born as Charlene Lynette Wittstock, on January 25, 1978 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), to Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager, and his wife, Lynette Wittstock, a former competitive diver and swimming instructor. She has two younger brothers, Gareth and Sean.

Her family belonged to German, Irish and English descent by way of South Africa and Rhodesia. After living in Zimbabwe for several years, her family relocated to South Africa in 1989.

She received her early education from the Tom Newby Primary school in Benoni, near Johannesburg. She developed a passion for swimming at a very early age and at the age of 18, she became the winner of the South African Swimming Championship.

Later Years

During her career as a swimmer, she participated in Sydney Olympics and many other championships around the world. She won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg.

For a brief period, she left her Durban-based team, The Seagulls, to join the ‘Tuks Swimming Club’ of the University of Pretoria. In January 2005, she decided to leave Pretoria and returned to Durban.

Over the years, she became the winner of several national titles. She planned to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but failed to qualify for it and eventually retired from competitive swimming in 2007.

Since 2010, she has been associated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She also regularly participates in fund raising events for charities such as ‘Amfar’.

On 27 May 2011, the Special Olympics announced that Charlene had become global ambassador for the movement and was given the charge of promoting respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities to a worldwide audience.

Since her marriage in 2011, she has been styled as ‘Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco’. As Monaco's Princess Consort, she attends the principality's national day celebrations, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Rose Ball, and the annual Red Cross Ball.

On July 8, 2011, she was appointed as a co-patron of the ‘Giving Organization Trust’, a group of South African charities that deals with issues ranging from AIDS among underprivileged children to the protection of the environment.

Since 2012, she has been the patron of AS Rugby Monaco. She also serves as the Honorary President of the MONAA association.

Awards & Achievements

In 2012, she was awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland’. The same year, she also received the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of Saint-Charles’ of Monaco.

In 2014, she was conferred the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of the Star of Italy’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2000, she met Albert II, Prince of Monaco, at the Mare Nostrum swimming meet in Monaco. After six years, the couple was first seen together at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics, and then at several other events and ceremonies.

On 23 June 2010, the palace announced the engagement of Charlene and Albert. Although it was not a requirement of the Constitution of Monaco, she converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism before the wedding.

A year later, the couple got married in a civil ceremony on 1 July 2011 at the Throne Room in the Palace of Monaco. The religious marriage ceremony was conducted the following day in the Main Courtyard of the Palace of Monaco. The wedding dinner also took place on July 2, 2011.

On 30 May 2014, it was announced that she was pregnant. After much speculation it was confirmed that the couple were expecting twins by the end of the year. On December 10, 2014, she gave birth to the children--daughter Gabriella Thérèse Marie, born first followed by son, the current heredity prince of Monaco, Jacques Honoré Rainier.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco biography timelines

  • // 25th Jan 1978
    She was born as Charlene Lynette Wittstock, on January 25, 1978 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), to Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager, and his wife, Lynette Wittstock, a former competitive diver and swimming instructor. She has two younger brothers, Gareth and Sean.
  • // 1989
    Her family belonged to German, Irish and English descent by way of South Africa and Rhodesia. After living in Zimbabwe for several years, her family relocated to South Africa in 1989.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she met Albert II, Prince of Monaco, at the Mare Nostrum swimming meet in Monaco. After six years, the couple was first seen together at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics, and then at several other events and ceremonies.
  • // Jan 2005
    For a brief period, she left her Durban-based team, The Seagulls, to join the ‘Tuks Swimming Club’ of the University of Pretoria. In January 2005, she decided to leave Pretoria and returned to Durban.
  • // 2007
    Over the years, she became the winner of several national titles. She planned to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but failed to qualify for it and eventually retired from competitive swimming in 2007.
  • // 2010
    Since 2010, she has been associated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She also regularly participates in fund raising events for charities such as ‘Amfar’.
  • // 23rd Jun 2010
    On 23 June 2010, the palace announced the engagement of Charlene and Albert. Although it was not a requirement of the Constitution of Monaco, she converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism before the wedding.
  • // 27th May 2011
    On 27 May 2011, the Special Olympics announced that Charlene had become global ambassador for the movement and was given the charge of promoting respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities to a worldwide audience.
  • // 2nd Jul 2011
    A year later, the couple got married in a civil ceremony on 1 July 2011 at the Throne Room in the Palace of Monaco. The religious marriage ceremony was conducted the following day in the Main Courtyard of the Palace of Monaco. The wedding dinner also took place on July 2, 2011.
  • // 8th Jul 2011
    On July 8, 2011, she was appointed as a co-patron of the ‘Giving Organization Trust’, a group of South African charities that deals with issues ranging from AIDS among underprivileged children to the protection of the environment.
  • // 2012
    Since 2012, she has been the patron of AS Rugby Monaco. She also serves as the Honorary President of the MONAA association.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, she was awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland’. The same year, she also received the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of Saint-Charles’ of Monaco.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, she was conferred the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of the Star of Italy’.
  • // 10th Dec 2014
    On 30 May 2014, it was announced that she was pregnant. After much speculation it was confirmed that the couple were expecting twins by the end of the year. On December 10, 2014, she gave birth to the children
  • // daughter Gabriella Thérèse Marie, born first followed by son, the current heredity prince of Monaco, Jacques Honoré Rainier.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco's FAQ

  • What is Princess Charlene of Monaco birthday?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco was born at 1978-01-25

  • Where is Princess Charlene of Monaco's birth place?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco was born in Bulawayo

  • What is Princess Charlene of Monaco nationalities?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's nationalities is South African,Zimbabwean

  • Who is Princess Charlene of Monaco spouses?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's spouses is Albert II, Prince of Monaco

  • Who is Princess Charlene of Monaco siblings?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's siblings is Gareth Wittstock

  • Who is Princess Charlene of Monaco childrens?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's childrens is Countess of Carladès, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Jacques, Princess Gabriella

  • What is Princess Charlene of Monaco's religion?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's religion is Protestantism, Christianity, Catholicism

  • How tall is Princess Charlene of Monaco?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's height is 177

  • Who is Princess Charlene of Monaco's father?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's father is Michael Kenneth Wittstock

  • Who is Princess Charlene of Monaco's mother?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco's mother is Lynette Humberstone Wittstock

  • What is Princess Charlene of Monaco's sun sign?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco is Aquarius

  • How famous is Princess Charlene of Monaco?

    Princess Charlene of Monaco is famouse as Princess consort of Monaco