PHOTOS | Prince Albert and twins attend public festivities while Princess Charlene recovers

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Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco greet the crowd from the palace balcony during the Sainte Devote Ceremony.
Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco greet the crowd from the palace balcony during the Sainte Devote Ceremony.
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  • Prince Albert attended the annual Saint Dévote's Day celebrations with his children, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.
  • Every year on the 27th of January, the principality celebrates Saint Dévote, the patron saint of the Principality and the Sovereign Family.
  • The palace also gave an update on Princess Charlene's health, saying her recovery will take several weeks.

Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques accompanied their father, Prince Albert, to Monaco's annual Saint Dévote's Day celebrations.

Notably absent from the festivities was Princess Charlene, who is being treated for extreme fatigue in a secret location outside the country.

Every year on the 27th of January, the principality celebrates Saint Dévote, the patron saint of the Principality and the Sovereign Family.

In the 4th century, a young Christian Dévote was arrested, imprisoned and tortured. The martyr's body was placed on a boat set for Africa, but a storm overtook the ship. As the story goes, a dove guided the boat to shore in Monaco, according to the Saint Dévote Monaco website.

According to the prince's official Facebook page, Albert and his children attended a ceremony at the Church of Saint Devotees and a traditional bonfire and boat-burning ceremony.

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Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Prince Albert II of
Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover greet the crowd from the palace balcony during the Sainte Devote Ceremony.
Princess Caroline of Hanover, Louis Ducruet, Princ
Princess Caroline of Hanover, Louis Ducruet, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Melanie Antoinette De Massy, Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco attend the ceremony of Sainte-Devote.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Jacques of M
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco attend the Sainte Devote Ceremony.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Jacques of M
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco attend the Sainte Devote Ceremony.
Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of
Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco attend the ceremony of Sainte-Devote.

Amid the celebrations, the palace shared an update on Princess Charlene's health on Thursday.

Since November, the Olympic swimmer had been receiving treatment after her return from South Africa, where she had multiple medical procedures.

The statement said that the 44-year-old's recuperation was "currently progressing satisfactorily and very encouragingly", but "her recovery and follow-up dental care are expected to take several more weeks".

READ MORE | Monaco palace shares update on Princess Charlene's health

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