Mother of one almost never set foot in Monaco in last year. She is skiing this week, via a home-brewed cannabis oil
Princess Charlene of Monaco: A timeline of her health issues and absence
Princess Charlene (or Léopold Ségolène Marie de Monaco, as she has been known since 2011), the 38-year-old mother of one, has hinted that she will resume work in Monaco this week, once she passes all mandatory tests at the palace.
Charlene has yet to return to the principality after her first year as queen, after giving birth to twins – Jacques and Gabriella – in May 2016.
While she tried to manage her pulmonary health in the months following the birth, she was unable to return to royal duties, despite having met with many dignitaries to thank them for their best wishes, in Monaco’s Official Gazette.
Royal doctors at the palace announced in May 2017 that she would take three months off. She has still to regain her princess tiara.
Charlene is known to have received medical assistance after the birth of her twins, both of whom have been diagnosed with polydactyly. She has not yet been able to return to palace duties due to the challenges of continuing to work as a high-ranking member of the state without lifting a finger.
“If there is a way to strengthen its position, we shall seek one, and Princess Charlene, who has so much to offer, must be a part of it,” Philippe Sabines, head of the elite entourage of Albert II, said at the end of 2017.
“Princess Charlene has accepted the challenge: she was never afraid to take her affairs in hand.”
In April, she slipped on a banana peel and spent some time in hospital for a bladder infection. Earlier in the year, she recovered from a bout of bronchitis after being treated for a similar illness in the winter of 2016, which affected her chest, arms and body.
Born 5 November 1974 in Villegies, on the outskirts of Grenoble, Charlene was the daughter of Princess Liner De Windsor and Michael Wittstock, the captain of an Olympic medal-winning swim team.
On 21 July 2006, she married Albert II, the 40-year-old son of the late French king, Leonore, who died in 1954.
A dual citizen of Monaco and South Africa, Charlene, a trained Olympic swimming champion, has never led official state business during her more than eight years in Monaco, despite wanting to fill the post.
She regularly attends special events to underline the monarchy’s relationship with the African continent, as well as visits to children’s hospitals and schools.