Albert's fiancée Charlene shows Kate how its done

Friday November 19, 2010

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Dipping a low curtsy before Monaco's Archbishop, Charlene Wittstock seemed to have mastered her future role as Prince Albert's consort perfectly.

From her elegant headgear and suit to her court shoes, the former Olympic swimmer looked very much the part of the princess-to-be on Monaco National Day.

Inside the cathedral, 32–year-old Charlene took her place alongside her future sisters-in-law Princesses Caroline and Stephanie.

The three ladies were seated with Albert in a pew decorated with flowers in the principality's colours red and white. 

The November 19 holiday celebrates the date when the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861.

South African-born Charlene will become a member of the Grimaldi clan when she weds the prince on July 9 next year.

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