Charlene, Princess of Monaco

Amber Lounge Fashion Show Monaco 2011

Princess Charlene with husband Prince Albert in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Charlene Lynette Wittstock

Place of Birth: Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

Date of Birth: 25 January, 1978

Ethnicity: English, German, some Scottish and Irish, 1/16th Afrikaner [German, Dutch, French Huguenot, distant Danish, remote Malagasy, Indian, Indonesian, Angolan, and Khoikhoi]

Charlene, Princess of Monaco is a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa. After marrying Albert II, Prince of Monaco (pictured above) in 2011, she became Princess of Monaco. She has two children with Prince Albert.

She is the daughter of Lynette (Humberstone) and Michael Kenneth Wittstock.

Charlene’s paternal grandfather was Dudley Kenneth Wittstock (the son of Heinrich Carl Friedrich Wittstock and Olive Florence Caldwell). Dudley was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Heinrich was the son of Gottlieb Wittstock, who was born in Zerrenthin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, and of Johanne Louise/Luise Sch√∂nknecht/Schonkreehl, who was born in Bavaria, Germany. Olive was the daughter of William James/Guillaume Caldwell and Mary Ann Jane Baker.

Charlene’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia Fagan/Fagon Nicholson (the daughter of Henry Nicholson and Marjorie Winifred Nelson). Henry was the son of Albert Nicholson, who was born in France, to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, and of Sarah Frances Barrett, whose parents were English, from Yorkshire. Marjorie was also English, from Essex, and was the daughter of Charles Nelson and Ellen Jane Welbourne.

Charlene’s maternal grandfather was Brian James Humberstone (the son of Ernest James John Humberstone and Lilian/Lillian Cecilia/Cecillia Paul). Brian was born in London, England. Ernest was born in London, the son of Herbert James Humberstone and Annie Deacon. Lilian was also born in London, the daughter of Cecil Arthur Paul and Florence Rosina Elizabeth Webb.

Charlene’s maternal grandmother was Violet Openshaw (the daughter of Charles Ernest/Edward Openshaw and Alice/Alysia Isabella McMaster). Charles was English, from Boston, and was the son of William Davidson Openshaw and Emily Thornhill. Alice was born in Hoopstad, Free State, South Africa, the daughter of Alfred Clarence McMaster, who was of Scottish and some English descent, and of Alysia/Lasya/Louisa Susanna Kotze, whose family was Afrikaner. She had German, Dutch, French Huguenot, and distant Danish, remote Malagasy, Indian, Indonesian, Angolan, and Khoikhoi, ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Charlene, Princess of Monaco – http://www.geni.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Typo: “French Huguenot”

    Also in her maternal grandmother’s ancestry, add Angolan and Khoikoi at the bottom.

    Thank you
    Andrew

  2. andrew says:

    I’ve finished to trace Charlene’s Afrikaner ancestry, with her maternal 4th great-grandmother, Anna Maria Magdalena Viljoen.

    Charlene’s full ancestry is: English, German, some Scottish and Irish, 1/16 Afrikaner [German, Dutch, French Huguenot, distant Danish, remote Malagasy, Indian, Indonesian, Angolan and Khoikhoi].

    Charlene’s 9th great-grandmother was the legendary Krotoa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krotoa
    https://www.geni.com/people/Krotoa-Eva-van-Meerhof-SM-PROG/6000000000732042838?through=6000000002091208777

  3. andrew says:

    >Henry was the son of Albert Nicholson, who was born in France, to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, and of Sarah Frances Barrett, whose parents were English, from Yorkshire. Marjorie was also English, from Essex, and was the daughter of Charles Nelson and Ellen Jane Welbourne.

    Violet Openshaw was the daughter of Charles Ernest Openshaw and Alice/Alysia Isabella McMaster. Alice was the daughter of Alfred Clarence McMaster, who was of Scottish and some English descent, and of Alysia/Lasya/Louisa Susanna Kotze, whose family was Afrikaner

    Her family included German, Dutch, French Huguenot and remote Malagasy, Indian and Indonesian ancestors.

    Genealogy of Charlene, Princess of Monaco – https://gw.geneanet.org/tdowling?lang=en&m=A&p=charlene+lynette&n=wittstock&siblings=onnotes=on&t=T&v=6&image=on&marriage=on&full=on

    Genealogy of Charlene, Princess of Monaco’s maternal grandmother, Violet Openshaw (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.1820settlers.com/genealogy/pedigree.php?personID=I104671&tree=master

    Genealogy of Charlene, Princess of Monaco’s maternal great-grandmother, Alice/Alysia Isabelle McMaster – https://www.geni.com/people/Alice-Isabella-Openshaw/6000000024088940076?through=6000000059954822821

    Genealogy of Charlene, Princess of Monaco’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Alysia/Lasya/Louisa Susanna Kotze, (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Kotze-Family-Tree-7

    Genealogy of Charlene, Princess of Monaco’s maternal 4th great-grandfather, Gerhardus Petrus Kotze – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Kotze-Family-Tree-376

    Genealogy of Charlene, Princess of Monaco’s maternal 4th great-grandmother, Martha Maria Pienaar – https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Pienaar-Family-Tree-1310

    • andrew says:

      Violet Openshaw was the daughter of Charles Ernest/Edward Openshaw and Alice/Alysia Isabella McMaster. Charles was English, from Boston, and was the son of William Davidson Openshaw and Emily Thornhill. Alice was the daughter of Alfred Clarence McMaster, who was of Scottish and some English descent, and of Alysia/Lasya/Louisa Susanna Kotze, whose family was Afrikaner.

  4. Manila says:

    Violet was the daughter of Charles Openshaw and Alice McMaster.

  5. ethnicitiies says:

    Where were her parents from?

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