Monaco’s Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques: Their Cutest Photos

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On December 10th, 2014, Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Countess of Carladès was born at the Princess Grace Hospital, named after her paternal grandmother.

Two minutes later, her brother, Jacques did the ole’ “leapfrog” and  became the Hereditary Prince of Monaco, and will one day inherit the throne from his father, Prince Albert II.

Because to primogeniture (which was done away with in other royal households like Sweden and Great Britain), Jacques outranks Gabriella by virtue of being a male, despite her being older.

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Beatrice Borromeo Wears The He*k Out of Giambattista Valli at Bal de la Rose

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I love me a poofy, dramatic ball gown, so mine eyes were so pleased when Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi wore a Giambattista Valli to the 2016 Bal de la Rose.

Tatler‘s Annabel Rivkin put it perfectly:

“What’s the point of a ballgown unless it’s pouffy?  There is no point.  Not really.  Because an evening dress becomes one only with an element of fantasy.  That, and a distinct lack of versatility.  It will have to earn its keep in one star-spangled  night  because it must be so memorable that you can’t wear it again for 20 years.

Grace Kelly founded the ball in 1954 to benefit young artists.

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VIDEO: The Monaco Twins Chew On Toys, Commandeer Mom and Dad’s Interview

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The Prince’s Palace of Monaco released a video on Facebook of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with their one-year-old twins, Jacques and Gabriella.

The interview took place in early December, and a DVD was sent to citizens of Monaco recapping the twins’ first year.

Charlene and Albert described parenthood while the children chewed on toys and crawled around the room.

“They’re very active, very playful, absolutely adorable and a lot of work!” Charlene said.

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The twins don’t suffer from stranger danger yet, which is great considering their future duty to Monaco.

“I think they seem very much at ease with all the people they meet, with other children, but also adults.” Albert said.

Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, made sure to get the children in the water even before they took their first steps.

“They love their bath,” Charlene said of her water babies.  Continue reading

The Babies Wore Dior: Monaco Twins Get Baptized, Didn’t Cry Once

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The princely little poppets of Monaco were baptized in a Catholic ceremony today, and I think this is the first time I’ve seen Princess Charlene so friggin’ happy.

Gabriella Thérése Marie and her younger brother (by two minutes) Jacques Honoré Rainier Grimaldi were born on December 10th, 2014.  Because of male primogeniture, Jacques is heir to the Monegasque throne.

 

The christening was live-streamed, according to People, showing off two five-month-olds with growing personality.  Jacques was described as “wide awake and playful” as he was carried into the Cathedral of Monaco by his mother,  while Gabriella snoozed in her dad, Prince Albert’s arms.  Continue reading