Charlene Wittstock spends weekend before Monaco wedding at Special Olympics

Charlene Wittstock (R) attend the Global Champion Tour 2011 on June 24, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images

Charlene Wittstock attends the Global Champion Tour 2011 on June 24, 2011, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
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(CBS) Instead of tending to last-minuet wedding plans, Monaco's royal bride-to-be Charlene Wiottstock was in Greece this weekend, fulfilling the kind of royal duties that will be a staple of her married life.

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According to the Monaco Times, the former Olympic swimmer represented Monaco at the official opening of the Athens 2011 Special Olympic Games and was elected to a three-year term on the Special Olympics International board.

Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics CEO, said the princess-to-be "will play a key role in helping us build around the world more communities of respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities."

According to the Monaco Times., the 33-year-old bride, as a royal representative of Monaco, will be expected to help transform the principality's reputation as an enclave for the uber-rich by showing the world that it can be influential in the work of good causes.

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