Charlene, Monaco
Princess of Monaco, former Olympic swimmer
Charlene, Monaco
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Wait, Kate Middleton's NOT The Most Stylish Royal?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Are you sitting down? Kate Middleton is not the most stylish royal around. According to a poll conducted by Myvouchercodes.co.uk, shoppers look to Denmark's Princess Mary more often than the Duchess of Cambridge when it comes to fashion inspiration. The 2,318 British women surveyed voted Mary the most stylish royal at 68 percent, while Kate Middleton came in at a close second with 67 percent of the votes. The study also explored how this admiration translates to dollars, finding that 62 percent of respondents are willing to purchase a fashion item simply because a royal has worn it. Not surprised? Neither are we. The Duchess Effect has long sent hoards of women into stores and online to pick up the latest garment Kate's sported. (She's even crashed websites!) But to see Princess Mary slide in to take the fashion lead is certainly a pleasant surprise. While we can't choose between the two royals, we have no problem with giving another stylish noble a chance in the spot ...
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Claudia Schiffer spirits her clan away to Suffolk mansion - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Any hopes Prince Albert of Monaco might have of repairing the disastrous publicity surrounding his marriage to South African beauty Charlene Wittstock have taken another turn for the worse. Just two months on from their wedding, which was almost
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Uganda: Playing a Tune Fit for Royalty - AllAfrica.com
Google News - over 5 years
In July when Prince Albert of Monaco got married to South African Olympic gold medalist Charlene Wittstock, Kagwa was part of the entertainment having been invited to play for the royal couple. "I met Prince Albert through his bride Charlene," says
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Summer gossip round-up - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Here is a look at these events in closer detail: Prince Albert II of Monaco's marriage to South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock was a three-day extravaganza overshadowed by allegations claiming Wittstock had gotten cold feet and tried to flee to
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Lexus Crafts Dazzling LS 600h L Landaulet for Monaco Royal Wedding - Robb Report
Google News - over 5 years
To celebrate the July wedding of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock, Lexus gave the couple something a bit nicer than a toaster: a very special version of its flagship sedan. The hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet features a
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RWC: Rich and famous splashing out - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Prince Albert is said to be a huge rugby fan and has been in the headlines with his marriage last month to Charlene Wittstock. The consul for the Principality of Monaco in New Zealand, Richard Worth, yesterday declined to say what the prince's plans
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Body talk with Judi James: Paying lip service, Charlene? - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
There were so many rumours that Charlene Wittstock was a bolting bride who had to have her travel card impounded to prevent her doing a runner before her nuptials in Monaco, that I wouldn't be surprised to discover Prince Albert had used
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Princess Charlene: secrets, lies and royal scandal - MorungExpress
Google News - over 5 years
A month after the lavish wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco and ex-swimming champion Charlene Wittstock, doubts and suspicions still swirl around the couple. In fact, the Mediterranean realm was last week buzzing with talk that the royal pair will
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Barbie Collector Series Unveils Grace Kelly Dolls - Women's Wear Daily
Google News - over 5 years
FULL OF GRACE: Prince Albert's bride, Charlene Wittstock, is the newest member to Monaco's royal family, but his late mother Grace Kelly is the one who has been deemed a real doll. As part of its Barbie Collector series, Mattel is lionizing the
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Prince Albert 'banned from seeing ex-lovers' - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Prince Albert of Monaco's new wife Charlene Wittstock has reportedly banned her playboy husband from coming into contact with his legion of ex-lovers. Princess Charlene, 33, is said to have tried to flee Monaco two days before their wedding after
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Are Runaway Brides the New Summer Trend? - Momlogic.com
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According to recent reports (that may or may not be true), Charlene Wittstock attempted to flee Monaco three times to avoid her upcoming nuptials with Prince Albert on July 2. Wittstock ended up marrying Prince Albert, but other celebrity brides have
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Zara Phillips's Royal Wedding: A Style Roundup - FabSugar.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
First Kate Middleton, then Charlene Wittstock, and now Zara Phillips: it's been a ripe season for royal weddings. The queen's granddaughter married English rugby captain Mike Tindall in a relatively low-key wedding in Scotland
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A royal affair to remember - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
Monaco's biggest company has predicted a boost in tourism in the wake of this month's wedding of Prince Albert, the principality's ruler, and former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. Founded 147 years ago,
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Charlene Wittstock Also Went to Go See Her Wedding Dress Displayed in a Museum - New York Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Charlene Wittstock, the new princess of Monaco, attended the opening of an exhibition showcasing her wedding dress yesterday. Unlike her British counterpart, she kept her outfit casual and summery, wearing a bright, floral-print Roberto Cavalli dress
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Why I'm proud to be a social climber - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Charlene Wittstock looked miserable at times during her wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco Former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock looked utterly miserable during her wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco. She was said to have tried to flee the country
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Gossip: Prince Albert's royal honeymoon takes a strange turn - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
The princess, formerly South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, and the Monaco ruler first met more than 10 years ago. A South African news agency, News 24, checked up on Prince Albert of Monaco and his South African bride, Charlene Wittstock, ... - -
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Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert's Celebrity Wedding Details - 1WeddingSource (satire)
Google News - over 5 years
Charlene Wittstock is an Olympic athlete (swimmer) from South Africa. Wittstock participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The couple met for the first time during a swimming competition that was held in Monaco in 2000, which Prince Albert had presided
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charlene, Princess of Monaco
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On 10 December 2014, her twins were born at The Princess Grace Hospital Centre.
    More Details Hide Details Daughter Gabriella Thérèse Marie was born first followed by her brother Jacques Honoré Rainier. Due to male-preference cognatic primogeniture, Jacques is first in line to the throne and has been styled His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Monaco as well as Marquis of Baux. Gabriella has been styled Her Serene Highness The Countess of Carladès.
    On 30 May 2014, it was announced that Princess Charlene was pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details After much speculation it was confirmed on 9 October 2014, that the couple was expecting twins by the end of the year.
    Charlene was given a certificate in 2014 which verified her Irish ancestry.
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    Princess Charlene's pregnancy was announced on 30 May 2014. On 10 December 2014, The Princess of Monaco gave birth to Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    Charlene went to South Africa to attend the memorial service of Nelson Mandela on 12 December 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Her advisor is Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. Since her marriage, Charlene has been styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. The previous holder was her mother-in-law, Grace Kelly, who died in 1982. See also List of honours of the Monegasque Princely Family by country;National Honours Foreign honours
  • 2011
    Age 33
    Princess Charlene is known for her elegant fashion style, patronising designers Akris and Armani. She wore an exclusive Giorgio Armani Privé wedding dress, and attended the Akris show at Paris Fashion Week in October 2011.
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    The couple were married in a civil ceremony on 1 July 2011 at the Throne Room in the Prince's Palace.
    More Details Hide Details The Nuptial Mass on 2 July, was a lavish affair presided over by Archbishop Bernard Barsi. 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 rumors about the couple's marital crisis that was sparked off even before their wedding.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 denied reports that Charlene had been getting cold feet. French weekly L'Express reported that Charlene tried to leave Monaco on Tuesday, 28 June, after rumors surfaced that Albert had fathered a third illegitimate child. The report claimed Monaco Police intercepted her at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, confiscated her passport, and that it took "intense convincing" by Albert and palace officials for her to stay. The palace called the stories "ugly rumors" born out of jealousy.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    On 23 June 2010, the palace announced the engagement of Charlene and Albert.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Prince presented her with an engagement ring featuring a pear-shaped three-carat diamond at the center and round diamond brilliants surrounding it. This engagement ring was reported to be created by Parisian jeweler Repossi.
    She accompanied him to the weddings of the Crown Princess of Sweden in 2010 and of the Duke of Cambridge in 2011.
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    They announced their engagement in June 2010, and were married on 1 July 2011.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 30
    Over the years she has won several national titles. She planned to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, which she said would be her swansong, but she did not qualify.
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  • 2007
    Age 29
    On 13 April 2007, Charlene regained her title as South Africa’s 50 m women’s backstroke champion when she completed the 50 m backstroke final at the Telkom SA National Aquatic Championships in 30:16 seconds, to finish third behind Australia’s Sophie Edington and Brazil’s Fabíola Molina.
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  • 2006
    Age 28
    They went public at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Charlene moved in with Albert in 2006.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    She decided to leave Pretoria in January 2005, and returned to Durban; she then went to the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, where she joined a former University of Pretoria swimming coach, Brannislav Ivkovic.
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  • 2002
    Age 24
    Charlene finished sixth at the 2002 FINA Short Course World Championships for the 200 m breaststroke.
    More Details Hide Details She left her Durban-based team (the Seagulls) to join the Tuks Swimming Club at the High Performance Centre of the University of Pretoria. She never enrolled in classes. The Club sponsored her by providing her with free access to their pools, free coaching, accommodations, and gymnasium access.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    She also was a member of the South African women's 4×100 m medley team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, which finished fifth.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 20
    She represented South Africa at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m medley relay in the latter competition.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 10
    She attended Tom Newby Primary school in Benoni, near Johannesburg, from 1988 to 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The Wittstock family is of German origin; Charlene's great-great-grandparents Martin Gottlieb Wittstock and Johanne Luise née Schönknecht emigrated to South Africa from the Pomeranian village of Zerrenthin in northern Germany in 1861 to escape hardship. In South Africa, the Wittstocks worked as handyworkers and unsuccessfully prospected for diamonds. Gottlieb's son, Heinrich Carl Wittstock would marry Olive Florence Caldwell, of English origin. Their son Dudley Kenneth Wittstock, Charlene's paternal grandfather, married Sylvia Fagan Nicolson, also of English origin.
  • 1978
    Age 0
    Princess Charlene was born on 25 January 1978 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (renamed Zimbabwe in 1980), the daughter of Michael Kenneth Wittstock, a sales manager, and Lynette Wittstock (née Humberstone), a former competitive diver and swimming coach.
    More Details Hide Details Two brothers were born over the next five years: Gareth (born 1980), a computer technician, and Sean (born 1983), a sales representative. The family relocated to South Africa in 1989, when Charlene was 11 years old.
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