Princess Charlene has spoken of the outpouring of support and affection since announcing her pregnancy. Now that her twin babies are finally here, Monaco will mark the occasion with pomp that echoes her husband Prince Albert's birth 56 years ago. As the principality celebrates the arrival of the little boy and girl, who are the future of the Grimaldi clan, HELLO! looks back at her love story with the prince.
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The golden couple met in 2000 when Charlene, a South African Olympic swimmer, was just 22. Albert waited until her sporting career was over before starting to court her in earnest.
Since their lavish open air wedding in the Cour d'Honneur, the Princely Palace's main courtyard in 2011, before a global audience of millions, Charlene and Albert have fascinated royal watchers the world over. Take a look at their most tender moments.