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Princess Charlene expecting heir to Monaco throne

Published on May 31, 2014 12:58 AM
 
Princess Charlene (left) and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend the Monte Carlo Masters tennis finals in Monaco, on April 20, 2014. Princess Charlene, the South African wife of Monaco monarch Prince Albert II, is expecting the couple's first child at the end of the year, the royal palace announced on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MONACO (AFP) - Princess Charlene, the South African wife of Monaco monarch Prince Albert II, is expecting the couple's first child at the end of the year, the royal palace announced on Friday.

"Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have the immense joy to announce they are expecting a happy event," the palace said in a statement. "The birth is due at the end of the year."

Charlene, 36, is a Zimbabwe-born former Olympic swimmer who married Albert, 56, in 2011.

Rumours that the eagerly awaited announcement that she was pregnant could be imminent had swirled around the tiny principality on the French Riviera for several days.

 
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