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Princess Gabriella steals the show as Monaco’s royal family celebrate Sainte Devote

Cool kids! Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques steal the show in shades as they join Princess Charlene and Prince Albert to greet crowds on Saint Dévote Day

  • Twins Gabriella and Jacques, five, accompanied parents at Monaco ceremony  
  • Princess Gabriella put on very animated display as royal parents greeted crowd
  • Princess Charlene, 42, and Prince Albert, 61, could not hide their amusement 
  • Monaco is celebrating their religious patron, Sainte Devote, a Christian martyr 

The youngest of the Monaco royals showed she knows how to entertain a crowd as the principality celebrate its patron saint today. 

Princess Gabriella, five, stole the show when she stepped out on the balcony of Prince’s Palace with her twin brother Prince Jacques and their parents, Princess Charlene, 42, and Prince Albert, 61. 

The young royal, who was wearing a stylish grey coat and a pair of sunglasses, seemed intent on showing the crowd of royal fans – and her parents – a small doughnut she held tightly in her hand. 

Mother Charlene, who cut a stylish figure in a floral skirt and navy stilettos, couldn’t hide her amusement at her daughter’s antics.   

Saint Dévote’s Day is a national holiday in Monaco and celebrates its patron saint, a Christian martyr who was killed and tortured for her faith in the 4th century.  

Princess Gabriella stole the show this morning as the royal family greeted crowds from the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, during the national holiday for Saint Dévote, Monaco’s patron sainte (pictured: Princess Charlene, 42, Princess Gabriella and her twin brother Prince Jacques with their father Prince Albert, 61)

The young royals, both wearing sunglasses, charmed the crowd with their waves during the Saint Dévote Ceremony. Prince Jacques had brought toys with him, including a toy snail he put on the balcony (pictured)

The young royals, both wearing sunglasses, charmed the crowd with their waves during the Saint Dévote Ceremony. Prince Jacques had brought toys with him, including a toy snail he put on the balcony (pictured) 

Both twins charmed the crowds with their vigorous waves. While Princess Gabriella held on to her tiny doughnut, her brother Jacques was playing with small toys, including a small replica of a snail he casually laid to rest on the balcony itself and a toy blue whale. 

Earlier today Princess Charlene and Prince Albert headed to the cathedral of Monaco for the traditional service.  

Charlene cultivated her brand of effortless glamour in a navy dress with hues of red and blush pink she wore under a fitted navy coat. She also beautiful graphic scarf in hues of red, blue and white. 

The flawless princess sported natural makeup, with a dash of mascara and lip gloss. She kept things simple with a neat bun and pearl earrings. 

Princess Gabriella put on a very animated display as her parents tried to keep a straight face during the ceremony

Princess Gabriella put on a very animated display as her parents tried to keep a straight face during the ceremony

Food and toys. The young royals had a lot to show the crowds during today's official event (pictured)

Food and toys. The young royals had a lot to show the crowds during today’s official event (pictured) 

Prince Albert and Charlene sported bemused expressions as their children enjoyed the day of celebrations

Prince Albert and Charlene sported bemused expressions as their children enjoyed the day of celebrations 

She completed the stylish look with matching navy blue swede gloves and heels.   

Her husband Prince Albert coordinated his own outfit with a navy blue suit, crisp white shirt and red tie. 

Saint Dévote’s Day is a national holiday in Monaco in remembrance of their patron saint, a Christian martyr who was killed and tortured for her faith in the 4th century.

They also helped set light to a fishing boat – a tradition that’s been going strong since the reign of Prince Louis II in 1942. 

Both twins graced the crowd with a warm royal wave while their parents showed perfect decorum

Both twins graced the crowd with a warm royal wave while their parents showed perfect decorum 

Flawless Charlene wrapped up in a short fitted navy coat and a stylish red, white and blue scarf

Flawless Charlene wrapped up in a short fitted navy coat and a stylish red, white and blue scarf 

Princess Charlene cultivated her brand of effortless glamour in a navy dress with hues of red and blush pink she wore under a fitted navy coat (pictured)

Princess Charlene cultivated her brand of effortless glamour in a navy dress with hues of red and blush pink she wore under a fitted navy coat (pictured) 

Charlene put on a very stylish display for the day of ceremony with matching swede gloves and heels in navy blue

Charlene put on a very stylish display for the day of ceremony with matching swede gloves and heels in navy blue 

According to legend, Christians saved Saint Dévote’s body and cast it off in a boat to Africa in the hope that once there she would receive a Christian burial. 

A dove then flew from her mouth and guided the boat to Monaco where it ran aground.

The Saint is believed to have helped the principality in times of peril ever since.

In line with the legend, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene take part every year in an ceremonial ritual remembering the Saint’s final journey.

They are given torches which they use to set fire to a fisherman’s boat like the one that the Saint’s body was carried on. This will take place later in the day.

 

 

 

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