Former Olympian Princess Charlene tapped into her athletic roots on Sunday, June 17, for a rigorous water challenge. The 40-year-old, along with her husband Prince Albert, participated in the 2018 Riviera Water Bike Challenge in Monaco. The royal couple turned the summer outing into a fun-filled family day with their three-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
VIEW GALLERY Princess Charlene participated in the water bike challenge on June 17 Photo: ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
The mom-of-two showed off her sporty side wearing sneakers and a baseball cap backwards as she competed in the challenge. Over 100 participants forming 22 teams came together for the sporting event in the bay of Monaco. Prince Albert's nephew Pierre Casiraghi, whose wife Beatrice Borromeo gave birth to their second child — son Francesco Carlo Albert — in May, also participated in the race.
VIEW GALLERY The royal couple's twins stepped out for the competition Photo: Getty Images
In the end, Charlene’s team “Serenity” proved victorious. After the race, the 40-year-old royal celebrated her victory by proudly holding up her trophy and with a sweet kiss from Grace Kelly’s 60-year-old son. The doting mom also received some extra love from her mini-me son Jacques during the outing. The young Prince coordinated with his mom wearing reflective sunglasses and a neon yellow and red shirt. Gabriella looked equally adorable sporting sunnies as she and her twin brother greeted their father on the sand.
All funds raised from the competition will benefit the “Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco,” which is aiming to build an Aquatic Rescue Centre in Burkina Faso — the first of its kind in West Africa. The Zimbabwean-born Princess' foundation aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of water, as well as to teach children about preventive measures and how to swim.
VIEW GALLERY Prince Albert celebrated his wife's victory with a kiss Photo: ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Last year, Charlene penned an Op-Ed about her love for the water and as well as the risks associated with it. “My love affair with the water took me to sporting heights and it remains a huge part of my life whether surfing or paddleboarding, racing on a water bike for charity, crawling lengths in the pool or splashing around with my children,” Charlene wrote. “Despite that, I’m also all too aware of the risks associated with water. Learning to respect the water, and learning how to swim and stay safe in it can reduce these risks and give us great confidence and freedom.”
“Now I have my own children, one of my top priorities has been to teach them to swim. It is an essential life skill, like learning to safely cross a road. Far too many people, often children, drown because they can’t swim,” she added. “Equipping young people with essential life skills will not just save lives, it will prepare them for a future in which they can be active and responsible citizens.”