Princess Charlene, the Princess of Monaco and Prince Jacques, the Hereditary Prince of Monaco, visited a French Naval Ship on Friday in honour of Monaco’s National Day. The French Navy was invited to close the National Day’s festivities. The National Day of Monaco also referred to as The Sovereign Prince’s Day, is an annual event celebrated on 19 November. The date of the National Day is traditionally determined by the reigning Prince, and in the past, they often chose the day of the saint they were named after. Prince Albert chose the same as his father, ending this tradition.
The day began with a Te Deum mass in the St. Nicholas Cathedral and was followed by a military parade. The princely family appeared on the balcony to wave to the crowds and Prince Albert, and Princess Charlene was joined by their almost two-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Princess Charlene was dressed in all black with a statement hat with red flowers and a string of pearls. Prince Albert wore a traditional dress uniform.
They were also joined in the festivities by members of the extended princely family, including Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Louis Ducruet, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Sacha Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi, India Casiraghi, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo.
Prince Jacques was perhaps most impressed by the sailors on the ship as he was pictured enthusiastically saluting them.
Princess Charlene has only recently returned from a weekend in London where she attended several events, including a Remembrance Day service with her brother Gareth Wittstock and a rugby match at Twickenham with Prince Harry. Meanwhile, Prince Albert was in Morocco for the COP22 events being hosted in the country. Their twin children will celebrate their second birthday on 10 December.