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Old 06-04-2010, 07:13 AM
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I agree with Jaya. I cannot see any resemblance whatsoever between Grace and Charlene, apart from the fact that they are/were both female!

Charlene is her own woman, and will surely continue to be that.

For the present, she seems to have what she wants....
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:16 AM
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I agree with Jaya. I cannot see any resemblance whatsoever between Grace and Charlene, apart from the fact that they are/were both female!

Charlene is her own woman, and will surely continue to be that.

For the present, she seems to have what she wants....
Charlene will never be another Grace. This week´s Point de Vue calls her Monaco´s first lady. For me now that Princess Grace has gone there is only one first lady and that is Princess Caroline. Things could change and Albert marry, but as that hasn´t happened yet , surely Princess Caroline takes precedence.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:22 AM
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Charlene will never be another Grace. This week´s Point de Vue calls her Monaco´s first lady. For me now that Princess Grace has gone there is only one first lady and that is Princess Caroline. Things could change and Albert marry, but as that hasn´t happened yet , surely Princess Caroline takes precedence.
I have to agree with you wisteria. Princess Caroline is the matriarch of the family now and the First Lady. Should Pa decide to marry Charlene that will change the hierarchy and probably place her where Point De Vue says.
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Princess Caroline for me atm stands as the First Lady. I presume that will change when and if Albert marries.
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Let's stay on topic please - thanks!
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:37 AM
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charlene attended the ladies' lunch in monaco
Dailymotion - Ladies Lunch Ă* Monaco - une vidĂ©o Art et CrĂ©ation
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:42 AM
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Exclusive interview of Charlene with Nice-Matin, July 2010

CW has given an interview to Nice-Matin journal where she states that she feels at home in monaco and is looking forward to learning more about the culture

Charlene Wittstock, future princesse de Monaco : "Je ressens beaucoup de joie et d’émotion" - prince albert II de monaco, interview, fiancailles
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Your engagement was officially announced June 23, 2010, do you feel?

I feel great joy and emotion as you can imagine. I know it is an important moment for the people of Monaco. I'll do anything to be worthy of its expectations.



You imagine yourself already in your role as Princess?

For over four years, I learned about Monaco, its different populations - there are over 124 nationalities - and I really love this country. I'm still better appreciate its specificities, its traditions, its history. But deep in my heart, my country already.



What struck you most arriving in Monaco?

I think I was very fortunate to discover in Monaco alongside the person who knows best (smile). But above all his incredible openness to the world and its incomparable generosity. I know that the country in Europe which gives the most per capita for humanitarian causes. This spirit of generosity is the first characteristic of the population and the many actions that are taken can only give pride to residents.



Do you intend to invest in a humanitarian cause, a foundation?

Since my teens, I have been busy sharing what I could do. In South Africa, very young, I used to help disadvantaged children learn to swim. I really got from them. At this point I realized that giving was the most beautiful gesture that we can do. In Monaco, I want to get involved in defending a cause dedicated to children and in which sport has its place.



We saw you next to Nelson Mandela and more recently you have supported the Mandela Day. What does this mean to you?

I remember back in 1995 during the Rugby World Cup in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was on the ground with a polo Springbok representing unity and freedom within our country. The same year, he launched the Children Foundation. I was then 17 years. I admire Nelson Mandela for his courage, he changed the course of history. The suffering he has borne makes him a unique person. This is why I am so proud of my contribution to the Fund of Nelson Mandela. However, the work is just beginning and he has many things to do.



What is the importance of organizing the World Cup Soccer in South Africa?

This is the first time in history that Africa receives a global event as important and I am very happy.



What relationships do you have with your family?

We are a very united family. Gareth, Sean and myself have been educated with the same values, those that sport has given us. This gave us a lot of balance. Sport is a family heirloom: my uncle led the Springboks team and my mother was a high level sport. It was a simple family life, healthy, with strong links between us. This is very structured.



What are the passions that you share with Prince Albert?

Priority, that of sport is that it allowed us to know ourselves. But we're both philanthropists people, we like to go to meet others, we have the same interest in understanding what is happening in the world and the same willingness to help others. But we also subjects on which we do not agree!



Which?

Let me protect my secret garden ...



You now have an official status, what is different for you today?

I am aware of the responsibilities imposed on me that my official status. I will continue to familiarize myself with the daily habits and customs of the Principality, the protocol and rules of the Palace to prepare myself to best accomplish the mission confided to me that the prince at her side.

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translated by: Charlene Lynette Wittstock
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I do love the picture in that article.
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:34 PM
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Sadly, the translation "by Charlene Lynette Wittstock" leaves a great deal to be desired.
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He has an interrest in sport? That does not show, currently...
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:28 PM
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It's a wonderful photo, I completely disagree with those who say they have no chemistry.

I think they are lovely together.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:56 PM
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The pic is wonderful, it shows how close they are, everything is in the way they look at each others
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:31 AM
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I'm sure they have chemistry, otherwise CW wouldn't be where she is now.

But the job of being princess consort to PA is not to be taken lightly.
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I'm sure they have chemistry, otherwise CW wouldn't be where she is now.

But the job of being princess consort to PA is not to be taken lightly.
I am happy Charlene has articulated something in the above interview about her future role.
Beautiful........
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:34 PM
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I love the photo of this interview! They look so cute together
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:23 AM
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I think we're all still in the "Charlene's current events" mode. Of course that will change as the months fly by. A lot can happen in a year.... and surely will...

Let's hope that PA will use the next 12 months or so, reflecting on the future.
Your words "parity" and "leverage" are particularly apposite here!
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:22 PM
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Is it me or is Charlene dropping weight? Her collar bones are really noticable and the muscles in her calves are pronounced.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:35 AM
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charlene photographed by vanity fair: http://www.vanityfair.com/images/soc...-wittstock.jpg
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:45 AM
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What a terrible photo of Charlene..... not flattering at all....
and it would be awful if she were to embark on a pre-nuptial slimming regime.
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looks like it.
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