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Princess Charlene attends the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Dubai Rugby Sevens



Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 49th Dubai Rugby Sevens event at the Dubai Sevens Stadium.

The event began in 1970 and is the longest running sports event in the Middle East. Princess Charlene took along her three-year-old twins, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella cheered on the IMPIS team (which means warrior in Zulu), who participated for the second year in a row at the International Open. After a bit of encouragement from her mother, Princess Gabriella shouted, “Allez les IMPIS!” (Go IMPIS!) After the game, Princess Charlene is seen congratulating the team on the field saying, “Great job!”

Princess Charlene briefly spoke to the press in English and French, and she said, “It was my first experience at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and it was fantastic but above all to support Charles Leclerc who had an amazing race.” She then added in French, “Now we are with Jacques and Gabriella at the Dubai Rugby Sevens game, and it was an exceptional game. So… go IMPIS!”

The team was created by Gareth Wittstock, who is Princess Charlene’s brother. The team is composed of seven players from Monaco’s national team and five international players.

Princess Charlene is married to the reigning Prince of Monaco, Albert II. Charlene first met Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2000 when the Prince watched the young athlete engaged in swimming competition alongside the South African team. They have been married since 2011 and have three-year-old twins together, Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco and Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès. Though the Princess was born first, it is her brother who will one day inherit the principality as the House of Grimaldi is patrilineal, with priority to the throne being given to male heirs.