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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appear on a palace balcony, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white in Monaca. The hereditary heir Prince Jacques and his older sister  by 2 minutes  Gabriella were greeted by a small sea of red-and-white flags and banners.

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appear on a palace balcony, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white in Monaca. The hereditary heir Prince Jacques and his older sister by 2 minutes Gabriella were greeted by a small sea of red-and-white flags and banners.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco poses with Princess Gabriella on the balcony of the Monaco Palace on January 7, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.

Princess Charlene of Monaco poses with Princess Gabriella on the balcony of the Monaco Palace on January 7, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appear on a palace balcony, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white in Monaco. (AP)

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appear on a palace balcony, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white in Monaco. (AP)

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene hold their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella as they stand at the Palace Balcony during the official presentation of the Monaco's newborn royals

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appear on a palace balcony, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white in Monaca. The hereditary heir Prince Jacques and his older sister by 2 minutes Gabriella were greeted by a small sea of red-and-white flags and banners.

Monaco's royal twins, including the heir to the throne, have appeared in public for the first time to a cheering crowd.

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appeared on a palace balcony yesterday, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white.

The hereditary heir Prince Jacques and his older sister - by two minutes - Gabriella were greeted by a small sea of red-and-white flags and banners.

The twin babies were born on December 9, with Jacques automatically becoming the heir to the centuries-old Grimaldi dynasty that rules the wealthy principality.

The pair are the first children born to the princess, a 36-year-old former Olympic swimmer, and the 56-year-old Prince Albert.

Cannons were fired to celebrate the arrival of the babies, the first twins to be born to Monaco's royal family since the founding of the principality in the 13th Century.

The palace said that Prince Jacques would receive the title of Marquis of Baux, while his sister, second in line to the throne, would have the title of Countess of Carlades.

Under the male priority rule of Monaco's laws of succession, Jacques becomes the successor to his father. Prince Albert succeeded his father, Prince Rainier, in 2005.

Irish Independent