Friday 18 October 2019

Monaco's impossibly glamorous - and surprisingly low-key royal family - celebrate National Day

Princess Caroline of Hanover (3rdR), her son Pierre Casiraghi (2ndL) with his wife Beatrice Borromeo and son Stefano (L) appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Princess Caroline of Hanover (3rdR), her son Pierre Casiraghi (2ndL) with his wife Beatrice Borromeo and son Stefano (L) appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
(L-R) Beatrice Casiraghi, a guest, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover (3rdR), her son Pierre Casiraghi (2ndL) with his wife Beatrice Borromeo and son Stefano (L) appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Pierre Casiraghi,Tatiana Casiraghi, Beatrice Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi, Pauline Ducruet and Princess Alexandra of Hanover attend Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Beatrice Borromeo (2ndL) appears on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Beatrice Casiraghi attends Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
(From L) Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Alexandra of Hanover arrive at the cathedral to attend a mass as part of the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / POOL / AFP)
Beatrice Casiraghi and Princess Caroline of Hanover attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover (3rdR), her son Pierre Casiraghi (2ndL) with his wife Beatrice Borromeo and son Stefano (L) appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Princess Caroline of Hanover (3rdR), her son Pierre Casiraghi (2ndL) with his wife Beatrice Borromeo and son Stefano (L) appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Princess Caroline of Hanover appears on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Princess Caroline of Hanover (3rdR), her son Pierre Casiraghi (2ndL) with his wife Beatrice Borromeo and son Stefano (L) appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
(L-R) Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi attend Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover attends Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover,Andrea Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra of Hanover and children India Casiraghi and Alexandre Casiraghi attend Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
(L-R) Princess Stephanie of Monaco,Princess Charlene of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover attend Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Prince's Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Princess Charlene of Monaco appears on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Prince's Albert II of Monaco and his Princess Charlene of Monaco wave at the crowd as they appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during celebrations marking Monaco's National Day in Monaco on November 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Prince's Albert II of Monaco waves and Princess Charlene of Monaco blows a kiss as they appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Prince's Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince's Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
(From L) Princess Charlene of Monaco, Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Prince's Jacques of Monaco and her father Michael Wittstock appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Beatrice Borromeo (2ndL) appears on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Prince's Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince's Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco appear on the balcony of the Monaco Palace during the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day, on November 19, 2018 in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco (L) and his wife Beatrice Casiraghi arrive at the 2nd Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean 2018 held in Monaco on September 26, 2018
Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco (L) and his wife Beatrice Casiraghi pose upon their arrival at the 2nd Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean 2018 held in Monaco on September 26, 2018 issue calling for immediate and collective action. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Charlene of Monaco attends Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene take part in the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day at the Monaco Palace in Monaco, on November 19, 2018. (Photo by ERIC GAILLARD / POOL / AFP)
Princess Charlene of Monaco (L) and Princess Caroline of Hanover takes part in the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day at the Monaco Palace in Monaco, on November 19, 2018. (Photo by ERIC GAILLARD / POOL / AFP)
Princess Charlene of Monaco (L) and Princess Caroline of Hanover takes part in the celebrations marking Monaco's National Day at the Monaco Palace in Monaco, on November 19, 2018. (Photo by ERIC GAILLARD / POOL / AFP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The fascination into Monaco's royal family dates even farther back than Grace Kelly's introduction in the 1950s, but their modern appeal shows no sign of waning.

On Monday, the ycelebrated the principality's National Day where they brought out all the high-ranking members to mark the occasion led by Prince Albert, his wife Princess Charlene and their boisterous three-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Like all parents who need their children to behave for just a few minutes, the pair were happily playing with toys on the balcony of the Monaco Palace before dropping it to the ground to the waiting crowds.

It's rare that (nearly) all of the family gather together publicly in Monte Carlo, especially given that most have real jobs outside the palace, which makes this occasion all the more interesting.

Albert who is one of the world’s wealthiest royals, led the festivities alongside his young family, while also joined by his sisters Caroline and Stephanie and their children, and grandchildren. Caroline made an increasingly rare public appearance yesterday with three of her four children: Pierre Casriaghi and wife Beatrice, Andrea and wife Tatiana Santo Domingo and 19-year-old Princess Alexandra from her third, and current marriage.

Beatrice Casiraghi attends Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Beatrice Casiraghi attends Monaco National Day Celebrations on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Beatrice, an Italian aristocrat who works as a journalist, beamed as she joined her husband of three years and their two baby boys Stefano and newborn son Francesco, after adopting a significantly lower profile during her second pregnancy. Her sister-in-law Charlotte, who recently welcomed her second child, was absent from the occasion.

Tatiana Santo Domingo, an American-born socialite who wed Andrea in 2013, opted for a chic navy ensemble with dramatic embellished net hair piece, as she tended to her children Alexandre and India.

(L-R) Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)
(L-R) Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco attend a Gala during Monaco National Day on November 19, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by PLS Pool/Getty Images)

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