This weekend, the Princely Family of Monaco attended several events for Sainte Dévote, as they do each year.
Sainte Dévote is the patron saint of Monaco and France’s Mediterranean Corsica island. His Serene Highness Prince Albert and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene usually attend two events to commemorate Sainte Dévote’s death as a martyr.
On the 26th, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene brought their children Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella with them for the first time to the Salvation of the Blessed Sacrament mass at Sainte Dévote church before using a torch to light a small fisherman’s boat on fire. This is a tradition that dates back to 1924. Sainte Dévote is said to have been martyred in the 4th century, and the boat in which her remains were placed drifted to Port Hercules in Monaco.
As always, the twins provided some adorable moments when they stood close to each other and hugged each other while watching the fireworks.
On the 27th, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended a service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Afterwards, they watched the Solemn Procession of the Relics from the Palace’s balcony. The procession is seen as a way to ask protection for the Princely Family and the Principality of Monaco.
Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella did not attend this event, but the Sainte Dévote service on the 26th was the second official event of 2018 for the twins. They attended the third day of Monaco’s Festival du Cirque with their father Prince Albert, their aunt Princess Stéphanie and their cousins Pauline and Louis Ducruet as well as Louis’s girlfriend Marie Chevallier.
Prince Albert revealed to People Magazine that while the family is planning a trip to Polynesia in the summer of 2018, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella will not attend any official visits with their parents until they are older.