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Princess Charlene expecting heir to Monaco throne
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Princess Charlene expecting heir to Monaco throne

30.05.2014 From our online archive
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 II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene pose in front of the Casino of Monte Carlo as they attend a charity gala organised by the Monaco Wales Association in Monte Carlo March 1, 2013. The funds collected will go to the Princess Charlene Foundation. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (MONACO - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)

(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 former Olympic swimmer who married Albert in 2011.

The new baby, who will replace Albert's sister Caroline as the next in line to the Monaco throne, will be Charlene's first child.

Albert already has two recognised children, US-born daughter Jazmin, who is now 22, and a younger son, Alexandre, from his relationship with an Air France hostess of Togolese origin.