Prince Albert and Princess Charlene's twins take centre stage at National Day celebrations

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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene delighted crowds as they brought their twins Jacques and Gabriella to Monaco's National Day celebrations on Thursday. The 11-month-old twins stole the show as they were held by their proud parents on the balcony of the royal palace.

Princess Charlene looked chic as ever for their first National Day as a family of four, wearing a purple long sleeved dress with her new pixie cut hairstyle covered by a co-ordinating cap. She gave a wave to the crowds while standing next to her husband, who was dressed in a regal uniform.

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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene's twins joined Monaco's National Day celebrations

Joining them in the celebrations for their first time were their adorable twins, who were wrapped up against the cold in grey coats and trainers.

Other Monegasque royals to join the festivities included Charlotte Casiraghi, her brother Pierre and his new wife Beatrice Borromeo, who stood side by side as they attended a mass at the Cathedral of Monaco during the official ceremonies.

Thursday's celebrations were a slightly more subdued affair than usual due to the recent terror attacks on Paris. In light of the tragedies, Prince Albert cancelled the traditional fireworks display that typically takes place, and ordered flags to be flown at half mast on official buildings.

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Charlotte Casiraghi joined her brother Pierre and his wife Beatrice at the mass

The outing is the first time the twins have officially been seen in public since August, and showed they are growing up fast as they approach their first birthday on 10 December. Indeed, Prince Albert recently revealed that Jacques and Gabriella are starting to take their first steps and trying to speak.

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

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