Prince Albert, 58, and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended an event at the Red Cross headquarters of Monaco yesterday to hand out parcels to those in need including the elderly and refugees who have fled to the small principality.
Around this time every year, the Monégasque Princely Family works to help those less fortunate as the holiday season approaches. Albert and Charlene greeted each person individually before giving them a parcel on behalf of the Red Cross of Monaco. The event was filmed, in part, by the Monaco Channel (Monaco Info). Albert spoke his native French with those receiving the parcels, while Charlene, 38, mainly spoke in her native English.
Albert’s younger sister, Princess Stéphanie, 51, and her youngest daughter, eighteen-year-old Camille distributed traditional packages to the elders residing in Monaco at the Rainer III Home this afternoon.
This was done ahead of Monaco’s National Day, which takes place tomorrow, 19 November. Albert and Charlene’s one-year-old twins are expected to make an appearance, as they did last year. Albert told People Magazine in October that he and Charlene want their children to interact with other children as much as they can and “to experience as normal an upbringing as possible.” They will celebrate their 2nd birthday on 10 December.
The National Day of Monaco, also referred to as The Sovereign Prince’s Day, is an annual event celebrated on 19 November. Fireworks over the harbour occurred this evening, and many will attend the Catholic Mass at Saint Nicholas Cathedral tomorrow morning. People then gather around the Prince’s Palace of Monaco to see Their Serene Highnesses wave to the assembled crowds from the windows of the palace.
Their Serene Highnesses both have just returned from trips abroad. Princess Charlene was in the United Kingdom for various events, while Prince Albert was in Morocco for the COP22 events being hosted in the country.