Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II expecting their first baby

Royal baby news! Monaco's Princess Charlene expecting first child
Princess Charlene of Monaco is reportedly pregnant with her first child with Prince Albert II of Monaco (Picture:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Princess Charlene of Monaco, who married Prince Albert II in 2011, has announced she is pregnant with the couple’s first baby.

The 36-year-old South African former Olympic swimmer and her husband issued a statement expressing their “immense joy” at the news.

The short statement says that the birth is expected before the end of the year. Although it does not elaborate, this implies that the style-conscious princess is at least three months pregnant.

FILE - 30 MAY 2014: Princess Charlene of Monaco is reportedly pregnant with her first child with Prince Albert II of Monaco MONACO - JULY 02: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco leave their religious wedding ceremony in the main courtyard at the Prince's Palace on July 2, 2011 in Monaco. The Roman-Catholic ceremony follows the civil wedding which was held in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace of Monaco on July 1. With her marriage to the head of state of the Principality of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock has become Princess consort of Monaco and gains the title, Princess Charlene of Monaco. Celebrations including concerts and firework displays are being held across several days, attended by a guest list of global celebrities and heads of state.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
The couple on their wedding day (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

The news is sure to please the palace and end recent tabloid media speculation about why Charlene, after nearly three years of marriage with 56-year-old Albert, had not yet provided an heir to the jet-set European principality. Britain’s Kate Middleton became pregnant with

Prince George around a year and a half after she married Prince William in April, 2011.

Until the baby is born, the Monegasque heir remains Princess Caroline – Albert’s older sister – and then her eldest son, Andrea Casiraghi, who’s recently become a father.

Demure Princess Charlene is known for her elegant fashion style, patronizing designers such as Giorgio Armani, who designed her couture wedding dress.

Since her marriage, Charlene is styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. The previous holder of the style was her husband’s mother, Grace Kelly, who died in 1982.

30 May 2014 | 6:22 pm – Source:

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