Princess Charlene of Monaco pays homage to native South Africa with bold fashion accessory

Princess Charlene tapped into her South African roots for her appearance at the IAAF Diamond League last Friday. The Monaco royal stunned at the track and field meeting wearing an emerald green, one-shoulder cape gown.

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greendressVIEW GALLERY Charlene stunned at the sporting event wearing a striking gown and African-inspired necklace Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

The former Olympic swimmer, who was born in Zimbabwe, accessorized the eye-catching design with a colorful beaded necklace inspired by the Zulu tribe of South Africa. Charlene wore a similar necklace last year to meet with Olympic athletes who were representing Monaco in the 2016 Rio Olympicss.

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Prince Albert’s wife, 39, was all smiles on July 21 as she distributed medals to Diamond League winners including Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, who took home the gold medal after winning the 400 meter race.

medalsVIEW GALLERY The Princess passed out medals to winners including Wayde van Niekerk, who like Charlene is from South Africa Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Charlene has previously opened up about her love for her native country, admitting that she cannot wait to take her two-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, there to visit. “I am African. This is my home. It will always be. It’s in my heart. It’s in my veins,” she said earlier this year in an interview with Eyewitness News. “I can’t wait for them to come here and I can’t wait for them to be introduced to Africa.”

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