Monaco's royal twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella turned one on Thursday, and no one was more delighted than their father Prince Albert. The royal has opened up about the twins' first year, describing it as an "incredible joyride".
Speaking exclusively to People magazine, Albert said: "You know, you never know how kids are going to turn out. But if this first few months have been any indication, it's going to be an incredible joyride and an incredible experience."
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Prince Albert said the twins' first year has been an "incredible experience"
The Monegasque sovereign also admitted it was often difficult to balance his work with family time, explaining: "It's been a difficult year, a most rewarding year. It's been difficult to try and find the adequate amount of time to be there as much as you'd like. It's been very challenging some days with all the work I've had."
Prince Albert ensured he moved around his busy schedule so he could spend time with his wife Princess Charlene and the twins on their first birthday. He previously told the publication that the majority of the day would be for "family only", saying: "I've set the day aside, I've no other appointments, we just want the family time. I want to take some pictures, some movies of them, so it's just going to be a family day."
Albert has praised Princess Charlene for being a hands-on mother
While the Prince can't always spend as much time with his offspring as he may like, he can always count on mother Princess Charlene to look after them. Albert recently praised Charlene for her hands-on approach with the twins and credited their happy nature to their mother's love and care.
"She's very eager to be with her children at all times," Albert said. "She's up with the kids at six and takes them through the morning. Every day. I don't think they would be as smiling and happy as they are if she weren't as good a mother as she is."