Princess Charlene and Prince Albert

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert

Princess Charlene of Monaco invited the South African Olympic swimming team to train in the Principality ahead of the Games.

Former Olympic swimmer Charlene - who competed for South Africa in Sydney 2000 - wanted to give athletes from her home country the best preparation possible before the London games start on July 27.

So Charlene - who is married to Prince Albert - invited them to use the facilities in her new country, from July 8 to July 22.

A statement said: "HSH Princess Charlene invited the South African swimmers selected for the London Olympics to train in the Principality. The princess would like these very promising young athletes to benefit from the best possible conditions before the Games.

"With the support of Her Foundation, the princess made certain the swimmers would follow a rigorous physical preparation programme perfectly adapted to the Olympic Games. The princess said she would be extremely attentive to the proper organisation of their stay, which should last from 8 to 22 July in Monaco."

Charlene represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the Women's 4x100 metre medley. She retired from competitive swimming in 2007.

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