Princess Charlene of Monaco Introduces Royal Twins to Her Homeland of Africa on Safari Adventure
"I can't wait for [my children] to come here. I can't wait to introduce them to Africa," Princess Charlene said two years ago
Monaco’s little prince and princess saw African skies for the first time last week.
Privately accompanying their mother, Princess Charlene, on her trip to South Africa, 4-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella headed to a private game reserve. There, the twins got close-up views of lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos, rhinos and more.
A video posted to Instagram by Charlene captioned “First African Experience” shows the young royals set to a soundtrack of South African pop singer Johnny Clegg’s “Searching For The Great Heart.”
The reserve excursion, which occurred over the children’s winter school break, fulfills a long-expressed wish of Charlene’s to share her home continent (she was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa) with her two children.
“I am African, this is my home,” the 41-year-old royal said during her visit to Johannesburg two years ago. “It will always be.”
She continued, “It’s in my heart, it’s in my veins and it always will be. I can’t wait for [my children] to come here. I can’t wait to introduce them to Africa.”
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Their South African adventure follows the royal twins’ January visit to New York and a quick holiday jaunt to Lapland to meet Santa Claus.
During the weeklong visit to South Africa, Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, also put on her swimsuit to participate in the Quellé Midmar Mile, an aquatics challenge bringing together 17,000 participants at Midmar Dam outside Pietermaritzburg.