's twins will make theirofficial debut on Wednesday 7 January
. The royal babies, who have beennamed Gabriella and Jacques
by their proud parents, will be presented to the people of Monaco on a celebratory day, in the spirit of the principality's National Day. Gabriella and Jacques' appearance will come almost a month after they werewelcomed into the world on 10 December
In the two days since the birth there has been an outpouring of well wishes from royal fans who have been leaving flowers and signing an online guestbook in celebration.Prince Albert and his Zimbabwe-born wife Charlene have requested that instead of sending gifts, supporters should make donations to the charities and organisations promoted by the couple.On ThursdayPrince Albert thanked the people for their good wishes in a video message
for his "dear countrymen and inhabitants of the principality".
The 56-year-old sovereign begun by confirming that his "beloved wife" had given birth to two children called Gabriella Thérèse Marie who was delivered at 5.04pm, followed two minutes later by Jacques Honoré Rainier."Thank you to all those in Monaco and around the world who have expressed their attachment to the princess, myself and my family," he said. "We thank God for this great happiness." According to Monaco's inheritance law, which favour males, Jacques is his father's heir and will be known as His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux. Gabriella takes the title of Her Serene Highness The Countess of Carladès.