Thursday, November 17, Princess Charlene of Monaco was decorated by her husband, Prince Albert II, who paid tribute to her sports career, but also to his commitment in this field in the Principality.
The cream of Monegasque sport met on Thursday 17 November at the Louis II stadium. 59 people who have contributed to the development of sport in the Principality received a medal from Prince Albert. And among the lucky ones: his wife Charlene. The princess was also decorated by her husband to pay tribute to her career as a professional swimmer, but also to her commitment to this field on the Rock. Since she married Prince Rainier’s son, Charlene Wittstock has moved away from the swimming pool to become involved in sport in a different way. Within her foundation, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, she raises awareness on the theme of safety in the water. She is also the patron of AS Rugby Monaco and of the Special Olympics Charity Foundation – for people with intellectual disabilities – for which she is also a global ambassador.
Before becoming one of the most famous and admired princesses, Charlene was a world-class swimmer. From childhood, she had a passion for swimming, so much so that at the age of 16, she gave up her studies to devote herself to this sport. At the age of 18, she won the South African Junior Championships and then joined the women’s 4 × 100 m medley team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where the team placed fifth. That same year, she won the gold medal in the 200m backstroke at the Mare Nostrum International Swimming Meeting in Monaco, and met Prince Albert for the first time. A shoulder injury will put an end to her professional career which will end before the Beijing Games.
Princess Charlene of Monaco pays tribute to Grace Kelly
If the commitment of Charlene of Monaco has just been honored by Prince Albert, the princess had, a few days earlier paid tribute to the mother of her husband. Indeed, on November 3, during the Princess Grace Awards 2022, the mother of Jacques and Gabriella wore a sublime necklace, La Vie en rose, by the designer Lorenz Bäumer. A creation that includes in its heart a particular pink stone called the “Grace diamond”, cut by the House of Mazerea and symbolizes the legacy of Grace Kelly tragically disappeared in a car accident forty years ago.
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