Monaco’s royal twins celebrate turning 5 with Instagram video appearance

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Monaco’s Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques celebrated their fifth birthday yesterday, and their proud mum, Princess Charlene posted an adorable video to her Instagram account where the public got to hear the twins’ voices for the first time.

The video, titled ‘Message for Grandma’, has Gabriella and Jacques saying in English, “Grandma, it’s my birthday.”

You can hear Charlene whisper, “I miss you. I love you,” to which Gabriella then says to the camera.

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The twins were pictured in party hats in their outfits for school in the video that was directed at Princess Charlene’s mother, Lynette Wittstock, in South Africa.

Prince Albert is heard laughing in the background of the video as his daughter happily chats away for her grandmother. He was reportedly the one videoing the message.

The twins’ older half-sister, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi posted in the comments on the video, “Happy Birthday Beautiful Brother and Sister!” She also posted a birthday message to them on her Instagram story.

Gabriella and Jacques are bilingual as they speak English at home and French at school.

The duo celebrated their birthday a little early last weekend in Dubai where they were with their mother who had some official events. They spent time on Saturday at Aquaventure Waterpark where they swam with dolphins in the Dolphin Bay Encounter.

Princess Gabriella was born two minutes before her brother, Prince Jacques, at Princess Grace Hospital Centre in Monaco. Monaco follows male-preference primogeniture, meaning even though Gabriella is older, Jacques is the heir to the throne as males jump over their sisters in the line of succession.

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