Thursday 19 November marks the annual National Day of Monaco, the day is traditionally determined by the reigning Prince and it currently marks the day Prince Albert ascended to the throne. Despite the pandemic, it went ahead as per, only with the added precautions of social distancing and face masks.
Prince Albert, 62, and his wife Princess Charlene, 42, a former Olympic swimmer, were joined by their children as they led the Royal Family in marking the occasion with a mass and outdoor ceremony. Albert and Charlene have adorable five-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Despite being just five, Prince Jacques will one day ascend to the Monaco throne and his miniature carabinier uniform and regal salute would suggest he is already getting ready for such royal duties.
Prince Jacques and Gabriella weren’t the only young royals in attendance. Princess Caroline’s son Pierre Casiraghi, 32, and his wife Beatrice Borromeo brought along their sons Stefano, three, and Francesco, two who looked sweet in matching smart brown coats. The brothers were on their best behaviour and held their parents’ hands during the outdoor celebrations. They stood next to their uncle and aunt, Andrea Casiraghi, 35, and Tatiana Santo Domingo, 35. Also present was Caroline’s daughter, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, 21.
The Cathedral of Monaco looked spectacular beneath clear blue skies in the morning as the Royal Family arrived for mass with Prince Albert bedecked in his medals. Princess Charlene looked as glamorous as we’ve come to expect, in a chic black coat with a vibrant pink lining, black beret and delicate gloves. The National Day of Monaco has previously been determined by the day of the saint they were named after, but when Prince Albert II took up the throne he ended this tradition by choosing the same day as his father, which also happens to be the same day as his official ascension to the throne.
Beatrice Borromeo opted for a black and grey overcoat and matching skirt, as well as a chic red velvet hairband and white face covering. Meanwhile the royal men looked dapper in sharply cut suits and blazers as they watched the guard’s procession.
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