On Sunday afternoon, before attending the Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco with her husband, Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene cuddled newborns at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace (CHPG).
She visited the maternity ward which she does every year to mark Mother’s Day. There, she chatted with new mothers and held some of Monaco’s newest residents. In total, she cradled five boys and two girls; two of whom were a set of twins. On 10 December 2014, the Princess gave birth to her and Prince Albert’s twins at CHPG, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
The Princess also paid a visit to the hospital’s chapel where she laid white roses in memory for the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. Charlene then prayed in a short blessing for the hospital’s infants.
Like many in Europe and around the world, a moment of silence was observed on Thursday for the victims of the attack in Manchester. The racing world also held a minute of silence for the lives lost there.
After her visit, Charlene told Monaco Life: “I am so blessed to have two such beautiful and happy children, but I have many children around the world that I cherish, and so when I see what happened in Manchester my heart is crying with those families who lost a precious loved one.”
The Princess also noted that Mother’s Day was not always easy for some and how “we have to support each other within our communities and, especially at this time, those for whom Mother’s Day is a painful one.”
The CHPG is the first and only public hospital in Monaco. It has 210 beds and was certified by the Haute Autorité de Santé (High Health Authority) in 2015. Prince Albert I established the hospital in 1902, but it was named after Princess Grace, née Kelly, the famous American actress, who married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.