Princess Charlene of Monaco Flies In To Pay Her Last Respect To King Goodwill Zwelithini. As much as funerals are sad i that we are bidding farewell to loved ones, they are also a way of bringing back together families, friends and everyone who came to pay their last respect to the deceased. This is exactly what happened with regards to King Goodwill Zwelithini, who was buried in a secret funeral which started before midnight and was concluded in the early hours of today.
Since his death was announced, we have seen political leaders across the world, prominent figures as well as celebrities join the thousands of mourners in paying tribute to the late Zulu King. Because of certain protocols, not everyone who wished to attend the funeral made it. Among those who made it to the official memorial is Princess Charlene of Monaco. She joined dignitaries and politicians at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday morning ahead of the memorial service.
Beyond the collaboration with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, King Zwelithini was a close personal friend of Princess Charlene.
After hearing of his death, Princess Charlene said: “King Goodwill Zwelithini was an honourable man with a pure heart. We shared many special moments over the years, which I will forever hold dear to me…I will miss my friend and pray that the Zulu royal family finds solace and comfort during this time.”
The king was laid to rest in a private funeral on Wednesday night, attended by only male members of the royal family, in accordance with his wishes.
Princess Charlene was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 25 January 1978. Her family relocated to South Africa in 1989, ad she began her swimming career in 1996. The Princess’s accolades include winning the South African Championship and representing the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the 4 × 100-metre medley relay. Charlene retired from professional swimming in 2007.
Charlene met Prince Albert at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in 2000. The couple married on 1 July 2011. On 10 December 2014, she gave birth to twins Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques. Princess Charlene’s charity work primarily revolves around sport, AIDS and underprivileged children. Charlene founded the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in 2012 to support her personal humanitarian endeavors