Princess Charlene of Monaco has appeared in a new photo, marking her first appearance in months amid her mysterious health battle.
Princess Charlene of Monaco has appeared in photos for the first time in months, as she posed for an official portrait with her family for Easter.
The 44-year-old royal, who finally returned to Monaco in March after nearly a year battling a mysterious illness, sat down for a photo shoot with her husband Prince Albert and their two children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
In the photo, the family of four is seen relaxing in their garden by the pool, surrounded by flowers and a basket complete with Easter bunnies.
Charlene shared the photo on her Instagram page, wishing her 400,000 followers a Happy Easter.
This marks the first time he has been photographed since November, when he posted an Instagram photo with his family during his brief return to Monaco after spending 10 months in his native South Africa battling an infection.
Days after the photo, Charlene is thought to have attended a clinic in Switzerland – about 350km from Monaco – where she stayed until her official return home last month.
Little is known about what Charlene is suffering from, but the palace revealed in January that she was undergoing “dental work”.
The first warning signs about the former Olympic swimmer’s health came in early 2021 when she developed an ear, nose and throat infection that saw her undergo several surgeries in South Africa, where she lives most of the year.
After returning to his last home in March, the palace issued a statement with an update on his restoration.
“As a result of Princess Charlene’s encouraging recovery and her doctor’s approval, Her Majesty is pleased to announce that the Princess will now continue her recovery in the kingdom, with her husband and children by her side,” the statement read.
“As a result, Princess Charlene has returned to Monaco where she is delighted to be reunited with her family and loved ones. The next few weeks should allow Princess Charlene to further strengthen her health before gradually resuming her official duties and commitments.”
Charlene and Albert’s marriage, which began with a $100 million wedding in 2011, has been dogged by scandal, with Albert previously admitting to fathering illegitimate children and rumors circulating that Charlene tried to escape before their wedding day.
The pair first met shortly after the 2000 Olympics, where former swimmer Charlene, then 22, was fifth in the 4x100m medley relay.
Albert is the son of US actress Grace Kelly, who famously became Princess Grace when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956.
He died in a car accident in 1982.