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Princess Charlene Attends Various Events in London Including Thanksgiving Service on Remembrance Day

Princess Charlene of Monaco was in London last week and attended various events, including the Remembrance Sunday service at Westminster Abbey, and rugby events with Prince Harry.

The Princess of Monaco attended a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving on Remembrance Sunday with her brother, Gareth Wittstock, and Her Excellency Evelyne Genta, Monaco’s Ambassador in London.

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco posted a photo album on Facebook of Princess Charlene at the service, saying, “Her Serene Highness was very touched by the service, and in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, planted a personal tribute in the Field of Remembrance.”

Princess Charlene also met with Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, husband of the Princess Royal, to discuss drowning prevention.

Laurence is on the board of directors of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which works closely with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which was founded in 2012 by the Princess.

The Foundation’s mission, per its official website, is to “raise awareness of the dangers of water, to teach children the preventive measures and to teach them to swim.”

Before she married Prince Albert, Princess Charlene was an Olympic swimmer who competed for South Africa. Water safety and drowning prevention has been one of her major focuses since becoming the Serene Princess of Monaco. She has taken great care to teach her twin children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to swim.

“The actions of the Foundation are also based on the values of sport such as discipline, respect for self and the other, the taste of the effort, and team spirit,” reads the official website.

The Princess also attended the England v. South Africa rugby match at Twickenham on 12 November, joining Prince Harry. England won the match, 37-21.

Prince Harry attended the match in his role as Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union, and was seen standing with Princess Charlene after the match began.

Princess Charlene later attended the World Rugby Awards on 13 November at the Hilton London Metropole, and announced that the awards would be hosted in Monaco for at minimum two years beginning in 2017.

“The World Rugby Awards celebrate the very best of our sport and Monaco is a fitting location for what promises to be a very special celebration of rugby,” said Bill Beaumont, chairman of World Rugby.

“I would like to thank their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco for their commitment and enthusiasm in welcoming the awards to Monaco and we look forward to welcoming the global rugby family to the Principality in November 2017.”

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