Charlene Wittstock was born in Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe). She grew up in South Africa and became an Competitive Swimmer for South Africa. She competed in a number of international events, including the 2000 Olympic Games.
Prince Albert was heir to the Monaco Throne, and had served on Monaco's Olympic Bobsleighing team. He competed in 5 consecutive Winter Olympics (1988-2004).
The couple meet at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2000.
On 6th April 2005 Prince Albert's father Prince Rainier III dies. Prince Albert II ascends to the throne.
Prince Rainier's Funeral (3 mins)
Days before taking the throne, Prince Albert confirmed paternity of 22 month old Alexandre Coste, the child of Nicole Coste, who he had a five year relationship with. (Albert and Nicole in Royal Box at Monaco Tennis Open in 2002.)
Albert and Charlene's make their first appearance as a couple at the Torino 2006 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Turin, Italy.
Charlene moves to Monaco that year, and begins to attend select Official Engagements with Prince Albert.
That Summer (2006) news broke that Prince Albert had a secret daughter, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, living in the USA. Prince Albert confirmed paternity of 14 year old Jazmin (Born 1992).
Prince Albert's Secret Child (2 Mins)
2007 Italian News Story about Prince Albert and Charlene
Charlene suffers a shoulder injury which prevents her from swimming competitively. Charlene fails to qualify for the Olympics in 2008 and ends her competitive Swimming Career.
Prince Albert focuses on the environment, signing a environmental agreements, making trip to both Poles, & creating the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
2009 "The Green Prince" (8 Mins)
Over the next few years Albert and Charlene relationship deepens. Charlene accompanys Prince Albert on even more engagements.
In 2010 Prince Albert gets special permission to bring Charlene as his date to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's Wedding to Daniel Westling.
One week latter Prince Albert and Charlene announce their engagement.
Day 2 will focus on Post Engagement and Build up to the Wedding. Don't worry there will be more videos!
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