Additionally, H.S.H. Princess Charlene is a former Olympic swimmer and philanthropist who founded the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in 2012 which includes, among its missions, saving children's lives by teaching them how to swim and educating them on water safety.
For their support, Mayor Trantalis presented H.S.H Prince Albert II with the key to the City of Fort Lauderdale and H.S.H. Princess Charlene with a crystal engraved with an image of the dive tower acknowledging her dedication to children's swim safety. The City of Fort Lauderdale also announced a future partnership with her highness' foundation.
Their Serene Highnesses also reveled in celebratory festivities including a high dive off the top of the 27-meter dive tower by Braden Rumpit. There were also friendly swimming competitions comprised of Olympians, a Paralympian and student athletes.
"I could not be more honored for Monaco's Princely family to get a first look at what we've poured our hearts into over the years. The City of Fort Lauderdale is committed to continuing the legacy of the Aquatic Center and maintaining our position as the swimming and diving capital of the world," said Commissioner Steven Glassman who has been a longtime advocate for the Aquatic Center revitalization project and serves on the board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
The event was held on Thursday, December 29, at the Aquatic Center, 501 Seabreeze Boulevard. More details are to come on the Aquatic Center's public grand opening celebration slated for early 2023.