Monday, July 4, 2011

10 facts about Charlene Wittstock?

"Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry."
Tom Mullen

This weekend the world celebrated "THE OTHER ROYAL WEDDING" and I couldn't help thinking: this is nothing like the fairy tale celebration we witnessed back on April 29th between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The groom was neither good-looking nor charming but hey he's a prince! However, what struck me was how unhappy the bride Charlene Wittstock looked. So I decided to do some research into who she is and share this info with my readers. Only time will tell how successful and happy this union will be. Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are having a grand time in Canada! ;)

Facts about Ms Charlene Wittstock:

1.) Charlene Lynette Wittstock was born January 25, 1978 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe) of German, English and Irish descent, but her family relocated to Gauteng, South Africa, in 1989
2.) a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model
3.) represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the women's 4×100 m medley
4.) met Prince Albert in 2000 at a swimming event in Monaco
5.) rose to fame when she was first seen accompanying Albert II, Prince of Monaco at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics
6.) retired from competitive swimming in 2007
7.) became global ambassador for Special Olympics in 2011, charged with promoting respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities to a worldwide audience
8.) raised a Protestant, she converted to Roman Catholicism, even though this is not a requirement of the Constitution of Monaco
9.) learned to speak French and the Monégasque dialect, and to become acquainted with European court protocol
10.) married Prince Albert on July 1st, 2011 where she gained the title and style of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco; the last to hold the title was the Prince's mother, Grace Kelly


Made in Suisse said...

Ha, I thought I was the only person (apart from my mum) who knew this royal wedding was taking place and who looked it up online! I must agree that this proved to be a much more boring wedding than the Westminter extravaganza a couple of months back. I have nothing against the girl but the age difference betwen them and the fact that neither of them ever looks happy on any photo makes me wonder if it really is a fairy tale ending. But then again, I was born skeptic...

Expat with Kids said...

I'm not sure this couple managed to convince even the Monegasc people of their happiness.

steufel said...

She really looked sad - but she was beautiful. Hopefully the mariage will be happier than expected!

Expat with Kids said...

I couldn't agree more with you. ;)

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