Princess Charlene of Monaco's water foundation has the stamp of apporval! On Monday, April 10, the Monaco Stamp Office confirmed the release of two stamps commemorating five years of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. The stamps, with a face value of $.75 (0,71 €) and $.90 (0,85 €) show the former South African Olympic swimmer in the pool teaching children to the importance of water safety from events with the South Africa Rugby exchange. Charlene, 39, is seen wearing a wetsuit and assisting a young swimmer on one stamp and embracing two students in another.
VER GALERÍA Charlene will be honored on two stamps commemorating five years of the Princess of Monaco Foundation Photo: Gaëtan Luci / Prince's Palace of Monaco Printing
Prince Albert’s wife retired from competitive swimming in 2007 and started the foundation in 2012. The mother-of-two’s objective for the foundation was to raise public awareness to the danger of water by teaching children how to swim while also teaching preventive water safety measures. The actions of the Charlene of Monaco Foundation are based on the values that come with the sport including, self-respect, discipline and team spirit. In 2016, Charlene brought the now-global foundation to the United States. The Princess traveled to the Boys and Girls Club of Saint Anne School Branch in Santa Monica, California for the Safer 3 Water Foundation’s Challenge. Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques’ mother got hands on as she jumped in the pool and helped children conquer their fear of the water and offered underwater safety tips.
VER GALERÍA Charlene started the foundation in 2012 Photo: Gaëtan Luci / Prince's Palace of Monaco Printing
During the event, Charlene opened up about the importance of her organization saying, “Around the globe, thousands of innocent lives are tragically lost to drowning every year. I am here to share with you how many lives we are saving - and how many more we can save, simply by training the trainers and by focusing on one person, one family, and one community at a time.” She continued: “Having spent years teaching underprivileged children to acquire basic water safety techniques around aquatic environments, I can only say that simple ideas are often the most effective.”
The stamps will not be available in the United States, but can be purchased at the Monaco Stamps Office, the Stamps and Mints Museum, UN post offices, the Post Museum and Carre d’Encre in Paris.