Emotional Princess Charlene of Monaco watches close friend Chad le Clos swim to gold for South Africa
South African le Clos beats record holder Michael Phelps by 0.2 seconds
Princess Charlene competed for South Africa in the 2000 Olympics
Her team narrowly missed out on a medal placing 5th in Sydney Games
14:00 GMT, 1 August 2012
The nail biting final at the Olympics Aquatics centre was almost too much for the beautiful blonde in the bleachers.
Ex Olympic swimmer and glamorous Royal Princess Charlene of Monaco was supporting South African swimmer and friend Chad le Clos in the men's 200m Butterfly race.
And as the results came in the South African couldn't hide her delight as le Clos was awarded gold, beating record holder Michael Phelps by just 0.2 seconds.
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Crown Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco celebrate a South African victory in the men's 200 meter Butterfly event
Charlene was joined by husband Prince Albert II who, like her, was dressed down for the event in Sratford in a casual polo shirt and chinos.
Later she joined the le Cloy family for the medal ceremony, sharing hugs and tears with Chad's mother and emotional father Bert as the South African national anthem played out across the pool.
As a professional swimmer Charlene competed with the South African female team in the 2000 Sydney Games, but didn't secure a medal placing fifth in the women's 4 x 100 metre Medley.
Princess Charlene is off her seat and cheering as the men complete the exciting 200 metre race
The South African wipes away tears of pride as her country's National Anthem is played
Princess Charlene celebrates Chad le Roy's win, the South African beat American Michael Phelps by 0.2 seconds
It was also in 2000 that Charlene met
her now husband Prince Albert at a swimming event in Monaco, although
they didn't marry until eleven years later in 2011.
She continued to swim professionally
but retired from competitive swimming after she failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games and what she
thought would be her last championship.
The couple look relaxed and happy together despite rumours of depression earlier this summer
Ex Olympic swimmer Charlene didn't ever receive a medal, placing fifth with her team at the 2000 Games
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert
have been supporting the South African swimming team since arriving in
London and have been spotted at several events.
On Friday the couple attended a
glittering banquet at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth and
dignitaries before heading over to the Olympic Park to take part in the
On Tuesday they looked relaxed and happy in each others company at the swimming event.
South Africa and the United States are neck and neck in the last metres of the 200-meter butterfly swimming final
Is it a gold for the man in green An agonising wait for the finalists
The results are in: Chad le Clos celebrates after winning
In May reports surfaced that Charlene
was depressed because she was unable to become pregnant and provide her
husband with a legitimate heir.
She is said to have
struck a ‘deal’ with the Monaco ruler to bear him a
child after she apparently tried to flee before their wedding last summer.
Rumours of a rift and a ‘pregnancy pact’ erupted before the couple married in a lavish state wedding.
The 'runaway bride' was said to have
fled to Nice airport two days before the wedding after discovering her
husband-to-be had had a third love-child during their
relationship and to have been coaxed back by brokering a deal with the 'playboy prince' that she
provide him with a legitimate heir.
Princess Charlene of Monaco attends a banquet to celebrate the 2012 Olympics at Buckingham Palace
Prince Albert II of Monaco kisses Princess Charlene of Monaco during their lavish wedding at the Main Courtyard of the Prince's Palace
VIDEO: Fellow South African Oscar Pistorius equally delighted with Chad's win