Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco made a surprise visit he A Qiétüdine retirement home in Monaco on Saturday, 4 August. Though the royal was thought to be on summer vacation, she took the time to visit with staff and was captured smiling and interacting with residents of the nursing home in a series of images posted to the Prince’s Palace Facebook page.
In the photos from the visit, Princess Charlene is seen shaking hands with the nursing staff, speaking with retirees gathered in the dining room and gifting residents with a new official photograph of her young twins, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. In the image – which is believed to have been taken in the garden of the Royal Palace – the young royals are seen sitting together surrounded by summer blooms. The Princess also brought baskets of summer vegetables from the castle garden for the residents to enjoy.
The official photos on the court’s Facebook page were accompanied with a caption which said:
“HSH Princess Charlene visited the elders of the residence “A Qiétüdine” to wish them a beautiful summer.
“She offered each resident a photo of Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella and two large baskets of vegetables from the Rocagel vegetable garden.
“This visit was an opportunity to share a warm and friendly moment.”
Princess Charlene married Prince Albert of Monaco on 1 July 2011 after first meeting at a swimming competition in Monte Carlo in 2000. They announced that the Princess was expecting in May 2014, and it was revealed in October that would be welcoming twins before the end of the year.
Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella were born 10 December 2014 at Monaco’s Princess Grace Hospital Centre, with Princess Gabriella arriving two minutes before her brother. Though the Princess was born first, it is her brother who will one day inherit the principality as the House of Grimaldi is patrilineal, with priority to the throne being given to male heirs.