Monaco’s royal family has welcomed the birth of the twins to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco. The baby boy and girl were born on Wednesday. The South African Olympian swimmer gave birth to the twins in the Princess Grace Hospital, named after Prince Albert’s mother and silver screen beauty, Grace Kelly who gave up her Hollywood career to marry Prince Rainier III.
As in the Mediterranean principality’s male inheritance law, a male must assume the throne, therefore baby Jacques will be the heir to the throne, even though his twin sister Gabriella was born 2 minutes before him. The babies’ birth was confirmed by 42 cannon shots arranged by Prince Albert, shortly after 07.30pm – double the number of shots used for a single baby.
The bundles of joy are 36-year-old Princess Charlene’s first children, but Prince Albert has at least two ‘illegitimate’ children aged 10 and 22. They however have no right to the throne or any of the royal riches. They are also the first twins in the history of the royal household which goes back to the 13th Century.
“The princess and the children are doing well,” said a royal representative.
With all the stormy news coming from the royal Monaco palace since their wedding in July 2011, we wonder how the babies will grow up. Many have stated that Charlene may flee her loveless marriage after producing an heir to the throne, but perhaps this will bring more joy to the historic home of the Grimaldi’s.