SEE THE PICS: Prince Albert takes twins Jacques and Gabriella to a Christmas market in Monaco

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Prince Albert with his twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, at the opening of the Christmas market in Monaco on 3 December. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Prince Albert with his twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, at the opening of the Christmas market in Monaco on 3 December. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Life may have been a bit topsy-turvy for Monaco twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella this year but Christmas is Christmas and always something to celebrate. And their dad, Prince Albert, stepped into his temporary role of solo parenting again when he took the twins, who turn seven on 10 December, to the opening of a Christmas market in Monaco.

Despite the absence of their mother, Princess Charlene, who sought out treatment last month for mental and physical exhaustion, the children looked to be in good spirits.

Making it a family affair was the addition of Albert’s sister, Princess Caroline; her son, Pierre Casiraghi (34); his wife, Beatrice Borromeo (36); and their sons, Francesco (3) and Stefano (4). Roisin Galvin Wittstock – the wife of Gareth Wittstock, Princess Charlene’s brother – and her daughter, Kaia-Rose (8), and son, Bodhi (3), joined in the fun too.

The outing proved to be a family affair: (back row, from left): Roisin Galvin Wittstock; Prince Albert; Princess Caroline; Pierre Casiraghi; and his wife, Beatrice Borromeo. (Front row, from left): Kaia-Rose Wittstock, Princess Gabriella, Bodhi Wittstock, Prince Jacques, Stefano Casiraghi and Francesco Casiraghi. (PHOTO:
Pierre Casiraghi lifts his young son, Francesco, up as Albert and the twins look on. (PHOTO:

Charlene had only just returned to Monaco after six months of being “grounded” in South Africa due to medical complications stemming from an ear, nose and throat infection.

Shortly after her arrival, photos of which she shared on her social media, the palace announced she was suffering from “extreme fatigue” and would not be attending the annual Monaco Day celebrations on 19 November.

Shortly afterwards it emerged she would be seeking treatment in a private facility outside of Monaco.

Prince Albert and the twins seemed to be having a fun-filled night. (PHOTO:
The cousins enjoyed a funfair ride (from left): Stefano Casiraghi, Kaia-Rose Wittstock, Prince Jacques, Bodhi Wittstock, Princess Gabriella and Francesco Casiraghi. (PHOTO:
Gabriella, flanked by her cousin, Kaia-Rose Wittstock, and her brother, Jacques, wrapped up against the chill in a metallic puffer jacket. (PHOTO:

Speaking to People magazine, Albert confirmed his wife was suffering from “profound exhaustion, both emotional and physical”.

He confirmed that it was the former Olympic swimmer’s decision to seek out medical care. It’s currently believed she is in a clinic in Switzerland.

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Chantell Wittstock, who is married to Charlene’s youngest brother Sean (38) and also runs the princess’ charity foundation in SA, confirmed to YOU that Charlene agreed to have treatment.

“She was extremely excited at being back with her family but understandably still very weak and fragile from all her medical procedures and the stress of being away for so long,” she says.

“As a result, she decided to take time off to focus on her healing and get the rest she needs. As per Albert’s request, she has gone somewhere outside Monaco for privacy reasons.”


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