Princess Charlene, we hardly recognize you!
Pairing a red wig with a cowboy hat, the 38-year-old royal looked the part as she grabbed the mic to sing the Kenny Rogers’ classic “The Gambler.” The fun night was captured by local journalist Clyde Meela on his Instagram.
Charlene’s hometown newspaper, South Africa’s Benoni City Times, reported on the Feb. 8 party, during which Charlene surprised her father Mike and other guests with an appearance at Aurelia’s, a restaurant in the Emperor’s Palace complex in Johannesburg.
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Arriving with a drinks tray, the princess – who hails from the South African city of Benoni – brought her father an array of personalized gifts, including playing cards and gambling chips printed with his grandchildren’s faces – as well as a life-sized portrait of Charlene with her husband, Prince Albert II, holding their 14-month-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on their laps.
Charlene later took to the stage, paying a tribute to her father and mother Lynette. “I am so ever proud of my father, my country and to be a Benonian,” she said. “It always makes me happy to be back home and experience great memories with my family and my fellow countrymen. Dad, thank you for everything you have done for me and my brothers. We all love you.”
More than a week later, on February 18, Charlene was back on royal duty, visiting a refugee camp on the Italian-French border alongside Prince Albert. The couple joined Red Cross and civil officials at the facility in Ventimiglia, home to refugees and asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea in Africa.
Following their tour, the couple met with French, Italian and Monégasque volunteers, thanking them for their assistance.
Opened in June 2015, the Ventimiglia camp houses several hundred asylum seekers who had previously squatted in makeshift facilities along the border. Last September, Prince Albert raised the plight of these refugees in his speech before the United Nations. In addition to those in the Ventimiglia camp, Albert and Charlene have been engaged in assisting refugees outside Beausoleil in southern France.