Princess Charlene of Monaco shows off new pixie cut as she hands out gifts

A few days after debuting her pixie cut, the radiant Princess Charlene of Monaco carried out a very special engagement with her husband Prince Albert. The couple paid a visit to the Monaco Red Cross headquarters on Tuesday morning where they took part in a parcel distribution for locals.

Charlene was looking characteristically elegant in a black wraparound dress, which she cinched in at the waist with a brown leather belt.

She accessorised with a strand of pearls, a silver necklace and a pair of sunglasses, but the high point of her look was her striking, sleek pixie cut.


Princess Charlene of Monaco looked characteristically sleek in her black ensemble

The South African beauty was showing her support for the Red Cross by handing out gifts and packages to members of the public, and chatting with the lucky recipients.

Charlene, 37, and Albert, 57, who are parents to twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, shared a sweet moment as they clasped hands together for the photocall.

The doting mum was handing out parcels at the Monaco Red Cross headquarters

On Wednesday the principality will mark their national day, and ahead of the big event, Albert gave an interview in which he opened up about his family life. He and Charlene welcomed their twins on 10 December last year.

"(The twins) are doing very well, we have just celebrated their eleventh month and they will be with us on the balcony for the national holiday, if it isn't too cold," Albert told Monaco Matin.

"They are beginning to take their first steps and trying to say little bits of words. They really want to express themselves and I speak to them in French. In everyday life, they are very playful and curious."

Monaco will celebrate its national day on Wednesday

National Day will be a slightly more sombre affair than usual out of respect for victims of the Paris attacks. The prince has cancelled the traditional fireworks on the eve of the celebrations and at the weekend he ordered flags to be flown at half mast on official buildings.

On Monday, Albert, Charlene and Princess Caroline also observed a minute's silence in the palace courtyard.