Princess Charlene of Monaco Biography

(Former Olympic Swimmer and Princess Consort of Monaco (Since 2011))

Birthday: January 25, 1978 (Aquarius)

Born In: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Charlene Lynette Wittstock

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Albert II, Prince of Monaco

father: Michael Kenneth Wittstock

mother: Lynette Humberstone Wittstock

siblings: Gareth Wittstock

children: Countess of Carladès, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Jacques, Princess Gabriella

Born Country: Zimbabwe

Swimmers Noblewomen

Height: 1.77 m

City: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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    What is the cause of Princess Charlene of Monaco's hospitalization in 2021?

    Princess Charlene was hospitalized due to complications related to an ENT infection.

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    What are some of the charitable causes Princess Charlene of Monaco is involved in?

    Princess Charlene is involved in various charitable causes, such as water safety and drowning prevention initiatives.

  • 3

    How did Princess Charlene of Monaco meet her husband, Prince Albert II?

    Princess Charlene met Prince Albert II during a swimming competition in Monte Carlo.

  • 4

    What is Princess Charlene of Monaco's role in the principality's official events?

    Princess Charlene actively participates in official events representing Monaco alongside her husband, Prince Albert II.

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    What are some of Princess Charlene of Monaco's interests and hobbies?

    Princess Charlene is known for her interest in sports, particularly swimming and equestrian activities.

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.
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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.
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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.
Facts About Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco is an accomplished former Olympic swimmer, having represented South Africa in the

She is known for her philanthropic work, particularly in the areas of children's health and sports development.

Princess Charlene is fluent in multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and French.

She has a keen interest in fashion and has been praised for her elegant and sophisticated sense of style.

In 2011, Princess Charlene founded the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which promotes water safety and drowning prevention initiatives around the world.

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