Princess Charlene returns to South Africa two years after facing life-threatening health issues

Courtesy of Prince's Palace, photo by Eric Mathon: Princess Charlene
Courtesy of Prince's Palace, photo by Eric Mathon: Princess Charlene
Monaco's Princess Charlene made a triumphant return to her homeland, South Africa, over the weekend, engaging in a series of charity events organised by her water safety foundation.

This marked a significant moment for the Princess, as she returned to her roots two years after facing life-threatening health issues, which necessitated a six-month stay in South Africa in 2021.

A highlight of her three-day visit to the Sun City resort was her active participation in a “Learn to Swim” clinic, where she interacted with over a hundred local schoolchildren. The clinic, organised by the Princess Charlene Foundation South Africa in collaboration with Lifesaving South Africa, aimed to promote water safety. Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer herself, has been organising similar clinics for a decade. She not only handed out course completion certificates but also posed for photographs with the young participants.

Additionally, on Saturday, Princess Charlene attended the 5th edition of her Princess’ Water Bike Challenge. This event, which was an endurance team competition, ventured outside the Mediterranean for the first time. While Princess Charlene has personally competed in previous editions, this time, it featured local athletes and celebrities.

Originally, the visit to South Africa was planned as a joint trip with her husband, Prince Albert. However, a scheduling conflict unfortunately prevented them from traveling together. Prince Albert is scheduled to be in New York for an upcoming visit, including attending the UN General Assembly session.



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