Before Charlene Wittstock became Princess Charlene of Monaco, she was an Olympic swimmer for South Africa. (She competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finishing fifth in the 4 x 100 meter relay.) That same year, Charlene met Prince Albert II of Monaco at a swim meet in his home country...and the rest is history. The couple made their public debut in 2006, announced their engagement in 2010, and were married in 2011—the same year Prince William and Kate Middleton also said their "I dos." While Charlene's life has changed over the years (she's now a mother to twins, in addition to being, you know, a princess), her style has remained consistently elegant and sexy. She favors shoulder-baring dresses, body-hugging gowns, and maintains an edgy-princess vibe with her blonde pixie cut. And not once in the nine years since she's been a princess has Charlene worn a bad outfit. Now, that's impressive. Ahead, see all her incredible looks thus far.
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health. The prince wore a black and white tux while Charlene wore a glittering floor-length long-sleeve dress by Jenny Packham (the designer is also favored by Kate Middleton) and Repossi jewels.
The couple wore face masks during a public appearance to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Casino place in Moncao. Charlene wore a crisp white blazer over a floral printed beige dress while the Prince rocked a navy suit.
For mass during the Sainte Devote Ceremony, Princess Charlene of Monaco wore a blue blazer and a purple tulle skirt with black tights.
While celebrating the holidays in Monaco, Princess Charlene stepped out in a blue cardigan coat with geometric design and black booties.
The couple dressed to the nines while attending a mass at Monaco Cathedral during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco. We love Princess Charlene's crisp white tailored pants (and jacket!).
A lesson in layering from Princess Charlene. The royal bundled up while attending the parcels distribution at the Red Cross headquarters in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
For the traditional Monaco Picnic, Princess Charlene wore a multi-colored pattern look while holding little Prince Jacques hands. The outfit looked a little more loose and relaxed unlike her more formal gowns. (Royals like to be comfy too!).
The royal stood out at the 71th Monaco Red Cross Ball Gala in an emerald Marchesa cape dress with cutouts. Her embellished clutch contained matching green stones to tie the whole look together. This is one of our favorite colors on her.
For the 59th Monte Carlo TV Festival, Princess Charlene wore a Louis Vuitton gown and Dior pumps. The dress looked like it was made of fringe-like threads, giving it some movement and eye-catching details.
All royals like to have a day off from wearing suit sets and dresses. Princess Charlene dressed down in a white tee, leather jacket, jeans, and sneakers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
The royal wore an asymmetrical black top and flamingo-pink pants to the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. It was one of the most interesting and daring style statements we've seen from her.
The royal shook hands with Peng Liyuan, wife of China's president Xi Jinping. The two matched in black pumps and buttoned-up smart ensembles.
The whole family walked the red carpet for an event in Monaco. Charlene looked very formal and great as always, but really the twins—Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques—stole the spotlight in leather jackets and sunglasses. Too cute.
The royal knew a red lip would add some much-needed color to her all-black ensemble. This small makeup trick brightened up her dark outfit as she left the Monaco Cathedral.
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a Gala during Monaco National Day. For the event, the couple wore their most regal looks. Charlene went with a conservative long-sleeve two-tone dress, though if you look closely, there is a little slit for a peek at the legs.
Name another royal that can rock a pair of suspensors better than Princess Charlene. (The correct answer is: no one.) She wore this menswear-inspired look to the Princess Grace Awards Gala in NYC, fitting right in with the cool gals of the Big Apple.
We don't see many royals attending fashion week shows (we wish they did!), but Princess Charlene pops in to one every now and then. She wore this black, partially sheer, Akris dress to the show in Paris.
The royal couple posed with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom at a Monte-Carlo Gala. Charlene wore a navy cape gown with a sparkly sheer shoulder, which matched the glitz and glam of Katy's dress sleeves. The sheer paneling on Charlene's dress gave the illusion of a sexy cold-shoulder moment.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 70th Monaco Red Cross Ball Gala in Monte-Carlo. While Albert wore a spiffy white dinner jacket, Charlene chose a stunning Atelier Versace gown with scale-like details made of Swarovski crystals. She accessorized with Repossi jewels.
Princess Charlene stood out in a printed Akris dress from the label's Spring '18 collection. The gown featured slit panels that blew in the wind, revealing her blue pumps underneath. The color of her shoes matched the print on her dress perfectly—a signature fashion girl trick.
Princess Charlene wore a plaid jacket over a black ensemble as she left the Monaco Cathedral during Sainte Devote Celebrations. Her scrunched gloves peeking out of cropped sleeves added a touch of old-school elegance. (Saint Devote is the patron saint of the Grimaldi family, reigning in Monaco, and is celebrated each year as a national holiday.)
While attending the Christmas Gifts Distribution in Monaco, Princess Charlene got into the holiday spirit with a red cape jacket, while her husband showed off his festive side with a Santa hat and Christmas-themed tie.
Princess Charlene wore an off-the-shoulder column dress by Ralph Lauren to the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. The plum-colored ensemble was coincidentally (?) named "Charlene."
Princess Charlene attended the Versace spring/summer '18 show during Milan Fashion Week in a sexy metallic minidress with cutouts. She completed the look by draping a leather jacket over her shoulders and slipping on strappy silver heels.
Princess Charlene awarded medals at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Monaco while wearing a dazzling one-shoulder green dress and a large beaded collar necklace. She paired the look with a pair of white pumps.
Princess Charlene arrived to the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix in a fitted asymmetrical dress with a square print (the modern polka dot, dare we say?). The royal kept things simple with nude heels and a red lip.
Princess Charlene made a trip to the Turffontein Racecours in Johannesburg, South Africa, while visiting her family. She channeled artsy Parisian vibes in a striped dress and beret-style hat.
The royal traded in dresses for jeans and a Red Cross shirt during the launch of World First Aid Day 2016 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. She trekked across the grass in a pair of sensible flats.
Monaco's royal couple attended the 68th annual Red Cross Gala in Monaco. For the occasion, Princess Charlene wore a watercolor-inspired strapless Armani dress while Prince Albert II looked dapper in a cream and black suit. The princess accessorized her dreamy gown with diamond jewelry.