7 APRIL 2008

Prince Albert's elegant South African companion Charlene Wittstock is very much looking the part of Monaco's first lady these days.

At a ball this weekend Charlene, a champion swimmer on her country's national team, wowed onlookers in a ravishing satin creation as she hosted 400 guests alongside her royal love.

The gown bore a striking print of a panda on its full skirt, proclaiming the purpose of the evening, which was to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.

To finish off the charming look, Charlene - who was also Albert's date for this year's annual Rose Ball - had her long blonde locks gathered at the nape of her neck in a chic up-do.

By bringing her glamour and wit to bear in support of the charity Charlene is already showing a knack for drawing attention to her beau's concerns. It's a talent that will stand her in good stead if and when the couple decide to make their relationship official.

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There was no doubt who was the belle of the ball as Charlene welcomed guests alongside her proud royal beau at a fundraiser for the World Wildlife FundPhoto: © Studio Casagrande
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Albert's girlfriend of two years struck a glamorous yet witty note to draw attention to the cause being supported by the doPhoto: © Studio Casagrande
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