09 January 2015

Monaco Welcomes Gabriella and Jacques

Most of the royals are still enjoying their winter holidays at the moment, so we're postponing the weekly jewel news until we get, well, more news! In the meantime, let's look at the big royal event of the week: the official presentation of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques of Monaco! We've got adorable babies, glamorous Grimaldis, and jewels that belonged to Princess Grace...

Prince Albert presented the heir to the throne, Hereditary Prince Jacques...

While Princess Charlene brought Princess Gabriella on to the balcony for her official presentation. Gabriella is the older of the twins by two minutes, but because Monaco still follows male-preference primogeniture rules, Jacques will one day be the nation's sovereign prince.

For the presentation, Charlene wore pearl stud earrings and an outfit by Akris.

Many of the other members of the Grimaldi family also gathered at the palace for the happy occasion. The twins' aunt, Princess Stephanie, wore simple silver-toned stud earrings; she and her son, Louis Ducruet, both look especially happy, don't they?

Princess Caroline looked equally proud and happy as she greeted the crowd. I love that she took the opportunity to wear a set of golden jewelry that belonged to her late mother, Princess Grace. Here's a picture of a young Grace wearing the set. This was the perfect occasion to bring out a family heirloom or two!

Three of Caroline's children also attended the presentation. Above, Hollywood film star Pierre Casiraghi and Princess Alexandra of Hanover stand with Princess Stephanie's younger daughter, Camille. The couple standing on the right side of the image are Princess Charlene's brother, Gareth, and his girlfriend.

Charlotte Casiraghi was at the presentation with her partner, French comedian Gad Elmaleh.

Princess Antoinette's daughter, Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, and her daughter Melanie were also spotted on the balcony. You can also glimpse a slightly better view of Charlotte's earrings in this shot.

After presenting the babies to the Monegasque people, Albert and Charlene greeted the gathered crowd during a short walkabout.