The 24 Hours of Le Mans kickoff will take place on Saturday, June 15th. As a special surprise, the opening flag will be waved by Princess Charlene, herself an avid sportswoman.

Princess Charlene is next in line following Rafael Nadal, Brad Pitt, and… her husband Prince Albert II. She will indeed give the go-ahead for the 87th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as we learned earlier this week in a statement broadcast by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). “High-level sportswoman, swimming champion, actively involved in the Monaco Grand Prix, the Princess appreciates competition and racing,” said their president, Pierre Fillon.

Family tradition

The latter also wrote this about the 41-year-old princess: “Her personality symbolizes the major role that women have to play in motorsports and in society. At the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, our history and our present bear witness to our desire to make these disciplines and their professions accessible to women. This is not an obligation, nor is it to apply quotas, but rather to broaden and concretize the scope of possibilities for women. The ACO does not only want to allow them the right to dream, but rather the right to do, to practice, to realize their desires, their passion.”

Princess Charlene will, therefore, bear the honor of starting this legendary automobile race and lowering the tricolor flag for its 62 competitors, Saturday, June 15th, at 3 pm. An honor already experienced by her husband in 1992!

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.