Royals, start your engines!
The world’s most glamorous auto race, the Monaco F1 GP, commemorated its diamond anniversary over the weekend, turning up the wattage with appearances by several celebrities and, of course, Monaco’s royal couple.
The former Olympic swimmer dazzled on the podium as she presented this year’s trophy to Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
Before the race, which is considered the “crown jewel” of auto racing, the royal couple went down onto the track to talk to the teams. Albert even got behind the wheel of one of the race cars as Charlene rode shotgun.
Charlene, who was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and raised in South Africa, recently spoke out about life as a royal mom of two. In a rare television interview during her five-day trip to South Africa last month, she opened up about her strong ties to Africa.
“I am African,” she told Eyewitness News, “this is my home. It will always be. It’s in my heart, it’s in my veins and it always will be. I can’t wait for them to come here. I can’t wait to introduce them to Africa.”
When asked how her 2-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, were by a local Johannesburg radio station, she said candidly: “Actually, they’re really a handful. They’re beautiful, they’re smart. Full of energy. I really hope that in the next couple of years I’ll be able to bring them to South Africa, that would be an amazing moment for me.”