Wednesday 18 July 2018

Prince Albert of Monaco reveals travel plays for royal twins, who are already little jet-setters

Princess Charlene of Monaco and her twins Prince Jacques (R) and Princess Gabriella take part in the traditional Monaco's picnic in Monaco, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD
Princess Charlene of Monaco and her twins Prince Jacques (R) and Princess Gabriella take part in the traditional Monaco's picnic in Monaco, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD
Prince Albert II and his wife Princess Charlene of Monaco arrive with their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to take part in the traditional "Pique Nique Monegasque" (Monaco's picnic) in Monaco August 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco walk with their twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco during the 'March for climate' on November 29, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Gaetan Luci /Monaco Press Center via Getty Images)
Prince Albert II of Monaco, right, with his wife Princess Charlene and their twins, Prince Jacques, right, and Princess Gabriella, attend from the Monaco palace to the Monaco's national day ceremony, in Monaco, Friday Nov. 19, 2016. Monaco's Fete Nationale has been celebrated since the reign of Prince Charles III in 1857. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge view helicopter models H145 and H135 before departing from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Albert II of Monaco (3rdR) and his wife Princess Charlene (3rdL) arrive with their twins Prince Jacques (C-R), Princess Gabriella (C-L) and an unidentified child to take part in the traditional Monaco's picnic in Monaco, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD
Prince Albert II of Monaco, his wife Princess Charlene with Prince Jacques pose during the Children's Christmas ceremony at the Monaco Palace
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert of Monaco at the Monaco Grand Prix 2017. Picture: Reuters / Max Rossi
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene attend the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
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A royal play date is on the horizon.

Monaco's royal twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques are approaching their third birthday and during that time, they've seen more of the world than most of us could hope to in adulthood. It makes sense, the royals based in Monte Carlo aren't exactly known for their subtlety, but Prince Albert has revealed just exactly how well travelled his children with Princess Charlene are.

Prince Albert II and his wife Princess Charlene of Monaco arrive with their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to take part in the traditional
Prince Albert II and his wife Princess Charlene of Monaco arrive with their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to take part in the traditional "Pique Nique Monegasque" (Monaco's picnic) in Monaco August 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD

While they have stuck close to home at the Prince's Palace for much of this year, they will be joining their parents for appearances around the world in 2018 and are getting accustomed to public life before the year ends: first, for Monaco's National Day on November 19 and later at the royal family's Christmas party in December.

"We did a cruise with them this summer and that was fine. Next summer, we’re going to take them on a long trip to Polynesia. We’ll have to break up so it’s not so long for them," he told People.

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco walk with their twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco during the 'March for climate' on November 29, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Gaetan Luci /Monaco Press Center via Getty Images)
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco walk with their twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco during the 'March for climate' on November 29, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Gaetan Luci /Monaco Press Center via Getty Images)

He plans to keep up family tradition in holding off including his children in an "official" international capacity until they're older, referencing a trip to Ireland he took with his parents Princess Grace and Prince Rainier "on the private side of an official visit"; which may explain his particularly affinity for our shores and he's often pictured here for business and leisure.

"Including Jacques and Gabriella as part of any official state visit might have to wait a few years," he added.

Naturally, as all royal baby coverage is required to include references to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, he said there are no immediate plans to meet up.

"Are you asking me about a royal play date with Will and Kate’s kids? Maybe, but a state visit with the twins to any country - not just the UK - is a few years off," he explained.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge view helicopter models H145 and H135 before departing from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge view helicopter models H145 and H135 before departing from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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