When Princess Charlene heard the South African Olympic swimming team were having problems with funding and sponsorship, she stepped in to save the day.
The Zimbabwe-born royal offered to host the athletes in Monaco, providing for their lodging and training in the run up the London Olympics 2012.
Prince Albert of Monaco“s wife looked delighted this week when she dropped in on the swimmers, many of whom are friends, at the principality”s Louis II swimming pool.
She no doubt had plenty of tips for the team, based on her own experiences of competing in the Games.
The blonde royal competed in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as part of South Africa”s 4×100 freestyle relay team, which finished fifth.
She also qualified for the Beijing Olympics, but retired from professional swimming in 2007 before the Games.
A Palace spokesperson said: “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.”