Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco looked happier than ever as they attended their first public engagement since the birth of their twins in December. The new parents enjoyed a night out as they joined in the national celebrations for St Dévote's Day on Monday evening.
The royal couple shared a kiss at the traditional remembrance service for Sainte Dévote – Monaco's patron saint – before greeting locals in the crowd outside the church. Charlene and Albert then helped to set light to a fishing boat, in keeping with a tradition that started with the reign of Prince Louis II in 1942.
Despite giving birth just six weeks ago, Princess Charlene showed no sign of sleepless nights, looking freshed faced and happy. The royal, who celebrated her 37th birthday on Sunday, had wrapped up for the traditional celebrations in a grey coat, striped scarf and knee high boots.
It was the first public engagement for the proud parents since they presented their twins to the people of Monaco in January.
The royal couple welcomed their twins, Gabriella Thérèse Marie and Jacques Honoré Rainier, at the Princess Grace Hospital on 10 December.
The children are the first royal heirs born in Monaco since the birth of their father 56 years ago – and Monaco celebrated their birth with 15 minutes of church bells and 21 cannon shots fired for each twin when the news of their arrival was announced.
Gabriella was the first to arrive on 10 December, at 5.04pm, with her brother following two minutes later at 5.06pm.
According to Monaco's inheritance law, which favour males, Jacques will one day become the ruler of Monaco, and will be known as His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux. Gabriella has the title of Her Serene Highness The Countess of Carladès.