Princess Caroline of Monaco has been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of her work with Association Nationale Monégasque des Amis De l’Enfance, or World Association of Children’s Friends in English.
While Caroline was in the African country, she attended the Capoeira for Peace event in Kinshasa on Monday. Children who had previously taken part in the programme performed a dance for the royal. She was seen happily clapping along and cheering for the young children performing.
The Capoeira for Peace programme works to help those children who were forced into being soldiers in the region reintegrate into society and their communities commonly within the province of North Kivu. This is done through avenues such as the use of capoeira, which is a Brazilian martial arts type of activity that involves dance, acrobatics, and music. This programme was initiated by the Brazilian Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Capoeira for Peace has the support of different organisations, including the World Association of Children’s Friends.
The World Association of Children’s Friends was created by Caroline’s mother, Princess Grace in 1963 as a non-profit organisation aimed at ensuring children have lives of dignity and security. Princess Caroline has since become the director.
Caroline was last in the Congo in June 2013. On this occasion, she helped the Brazilian Ambassador and United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Force Commander in helping these children, after their forced service in the military, rehabilitate through the capoeira. UNICEF assisted in setting up two locations for the Centres of Transfer and Orientation, where the children were taught the martial art form.
Caroline is the eldest of Prince Rainer and Princess Grace’s three children. She has four children: Andrea, Charlotte, and Pierre Casiraghi by her second marriage to Italian businessman, Stefano Casiraghi. She is currently married to Prince Ernst August of Hanover, with whom she has a daughter, Princess Alexandra. Her younger brother, Prince Albert is the current Prince of Monaco and has been since the death of their father in 2005.