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Monaco National Day: Family surrounds Prince Albert

Each 19 November, the tiny Mediterranean Principality of Monaco wakes up in a celebratory mood, as the date marks the celebration of the country’s National Day. 

For the occasion, the entire Princely Family reunites to support the sovereign in celebrating the country and the amazing people who live in it. 

In 2021, the celebration was tinged with sadness because of Princess Charlene’s absence, the first since she first appeared with the family in 2010, when she was still Prince Albert’s fiancée. 

But Prince Albert was surrounded by the rest of his family, beginning from his sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie, who accompanied their brother through every event of the day, from the Te Deum to the balcony appearance. They were also great aunts, doting on Prince Albert’s children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. 

Princess Caroline was also surrounded by her own family: her son, Andrea Casiraghi with his wife, Tatiana and their children, Alexandre (Sacha), India and Maximilian; Pierre Casiraghi and his wife, Beatrice with their two children, Stefano and Francesco; Princess Alexandra; and Charlotte Casiraghi, who took part in the celebration with her son, Raphaël. 

Charlotte’s presence was a treat since the last time she was present for the National Day celebrations was in 2017; back then, she was also accompanied by Raphaël, the child she had with comedian Gad Elmaleh. This year she was not accompanied by her husband, Dimitri Rassam, nor her youngest child, Balthazar, whom she had with Dimitri a year before getting married. 

On Princess Stéphanie’s side, the family was also complete, with the presence of all three of Stéphanie’s children: Louis Ducruet with his wife, Marie, Pauline Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb. 

With Princess Charlene’s absence being so remarkable, her family was in Monaco for the celebrations: also present were her brothers Sean and Gareth, who took part in the event with his wife Roisin Gavin and their daughter Kaia Rose.