The Monaco royal twins have been christened in a ceremony at their country’s cathedral. The little prince and princess, who are now five months old, were then shown off to a huge crowd of their fellow countrymen and women who had gathered at the church to see them.
Prince Jacques Honore Rainier and Princess Gabriella Therese Marie arrived at Monaco Cathedral on Sunday morning in the arms of their parents. Prince Albert II looked after the couple’s daughter while proud mum, Princess Charlene, cradled their son in her arms.
The babies were baptized into the Catholic church with two godparents each. Prince Jacques was sponsored by Christopher Le Vine Jr and Diane de Polignac Nigra, while Princess Gabriella’s godparents were Gareth Wittstock and Nerine Pienaar.
The proud parents looked particularly happy, but it was noticeable just how much Princess Charlene was enjoying the occasion. Wearing a white Dior dress with a matching pillbox hat, she doted on her children throughout the service and beamed with joy as she walked out alongside her husband to show off their son and daughter to the waiting crowds.
Prince Albert’s sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, attended the ceremony. Andrea Casiraghi, Caroline’s eldest son who recently became a father for the second time himself, gave one of the readings. Princess Charlene’s family, including her parents Michael and Lynette Wittstock, were also there.
After posing briefly for photos on the steps of the cathedral, the babies were whisked off for a nap by their nannies while Albert and Charlene did a long walkabout to meet as many of the wellwishers who had turned out to see them as possible.
The royal twins were born on December 10th 2014 in Monaco. Princess Gabriella arrived at 5.04pm and Prince Jacques was born at 5.06pm, but succession laws in the country mean that Jacques will succeed his father. At birth Jacques was given the title of Marquis of Baux and Gabriella was made Countess of Carlades.
Following the christening the royal couple hosted a reception for their guests.