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Princess Charlene has been sent a special video message on her birthday by friends hoping to remind the royal “how loved and appreciated” she is.

The montage features photos from Charlene’s childhood, her swimming career to her marriage to Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Princess Charlene remains absent from the small principality as she receives treatment in a private health clinic, following her admission in mid-November.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco turned 44 on January 25. (Toni Anne Barson / FilmMagic)

The royal turned 44 on January 25 but how, and where, she celebrated has not been announced by the Prince’s Palace.

Instead, the official social media accounts for Monaco’s royal family issued a brief message of their own saying simply: “Happy Birthday Princess Charlene”.

That blunt message accompanied the video montage shared earlier by The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa branch, and the royal herself.

Princess Charlene’s work as a swimming instructor was highlighted in a video by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. (Princess Charlene Foundation South Africa)

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Charlene’s charity, which she founded in 2012, first posted the video to its social media accounts with the message: “Happy birthday, Princess Charlene.

“We honor you for how much you always give of yourself to change people’s lives around the world, your passion and dedication to saving and changing lives is truly an inspiration.

“We trust this video of your journey thus far reminds you just how loved and appreciated you are.”

Photos from a video montage released to celebrate Princess Charlene’s 44th birthday. (Princess Charlene Foundation South Africa)

The message featured a rose and heart emojis and was quickly re-posted to Princess Charlene’s official Instagram account, who responded with her own heart emoji.

The clip was also shared by the Monaco branch of the charity, followed by the Prince’s Palace.

Among the photos included in the montage were family snaps taken during Charlene’s childhood in South Africa and her time as a swimmer, and later Olympian.

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Princess Charlene’s royal career, and family life, featured in a new video to mark her 44th birthday. (Princess Charlene Foundation South Africa)

Her relationship with Prince Albert featured predominately throughout the three-minute video, with photos from their dating days and engagement, to their lavish three-day wedding celebrations in 2011.

Princess Charlene’s twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who turned seven in December, also feature throughout the video, as does Charlene’s career as Princess of Monaco, a role she has held for 11 years now.

Photos of Princess Charlene meeting world leaders feature throughout the video including Prince Harry, Barack and Michelle Obama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who Charlene recently called her “dear friend” when his death was announced in December.

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Princess Charlene wearing the Ocean tiara. (Princess Charlene Foundation South Africa)

A rare photo of Princess Charlene wearing the Ocean tiara is also included. The spectacular jewel was commissioned by Prince Albert as a wedding present, but it has been seen only a few times since.

Charity has been a big focus of Princess Charlene’s life since she moved to Monaco in 2007 and retired from swimming.

Her Foundation promotes the benefits of sport; teaches basic swimming skills, water safety and drowning prevention.

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Princess Charlene at the Akris show as part of Paris Fashion Week in September 2018. (Getty)

“Sport has the ability to change and save lives, to accomplish great destiny and empower people,” Charlene said of her Foundation.

Charlene’s return to Monaco remains unclear but it had been hoped she would attend the celebrations of Saint Dévote, on January 26 and 27.

One of Monaco’s oldest traditions, the two-day ceremony is held in honor of the principality’s patron saint and is the most important religious event on the calendar.

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