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Princess Charlene supports Prince Albert at poignant event

The Monaco royal couple were pictured holding hands

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert attend mass in memory of Prince Rainier III
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
April 6, 2023
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Princess Charlene publicly supported her husband, Prince Albert of Monaco, as the royals attended a mass in memory of Albert's late father, Prince Rainier III, on Wednesday.

The couple were pictured holding hands as they arrived at the cathedral, where they were also joined by Albert's sisters, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie.

Charlene, 45, who was dressed in a sombre black and grey ensemble, also embraced Albert's niece, Charlotte Casiraghi, upon arrival.

The couple held hands as they arrived at the service© Rex
The couple held hands as they arrived at the service

Thursday marks the 18th anniversary of Prince Rainier's death, who passed away at the age of 81 on 6 April 2005 after complications relating to a lung infection. He was buried on 15 April 2005 beside his wife, Princess Grace, at the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate.

Prince Albert, now 65, succeeded his father as Prince of Monaco, with his enthronement taking place three months after his father's death.

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Charlotte Casiraghi embraced Charlene at the service© Rex
Charlotte Casiraghi embraced Charlene at the service

The Monaco head of state married South African Olympic swimmer Charlene in July 2011, and the couple welcomed their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, in December 2014. Find out more about Princess Charlene's life in the video below...

WATCH: Princess Charlene's early life, marriage, children and more

Last month, Prince Albert spoke out to publicly deny that the couple were separating after almost 12 years of marriage.

A spokesperson from the Palace delivered a statement from Albert which read: "I would like to formally deny the malicious rumours peddled by the French magazine Royauté. Please disregard this article which is totally unfounded."

The couple made a glitzy appearance at the Monaco Women Forum Awards last month with Charlene wowing in a sequin dress by Swiss fashion house, Akris, and Graff diamond earrings.

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