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Charlene of Monaco’s last Christmas with Albert II, Jacques and Gabriella

Treated away from the principality for 15 days, will Charlene of Monaco spend this Christmas 2021 with Albert II and their twins Jacques and Gabriella? The uncertainty remains. And this Christmas Eve could be less joyful than last year’s…

What will the Christmas of the princely family of Monaco look like this year 2021? With the admission of Charlene in a specialized institution for “deep general fatigue”, these 24 and 25 December do not look as festive as the other years. Albert II did not hide that the convalescence of the princess would be long. The twins Jacques and Gabriella, although entertained and cuddled by their aunts Caroline and Stephanie, will most likely celebrate their 7th birthday, this December 10, without their mother. On December 15, the crown prince and his sister will probably make an appearance next to their father at the Christmas tree of the princely palace, where Charlene was not announced even before her departure from Monaco was confirmed. Hard, hard to spoil other children accompanied by their mothers or to believe that her mother will be back for the opening of the presents under the tree… So many changes compared to the year 2020.

It was a smiling Charlene, confident enough to sport a surprising haircut, who distributed gifts to the little Monegasques from a chalet in the courtyard of the royal palace on December 16, 2020. Ten days later, the princess had reappeared – surrounded by Albert II, the twins, Princess Stephanie and her children – in a snapshot testifying to their quiet Christmas spent with the family.

A Christmas 2020 spent quietly in family, with Princess Stephanie and her children

This December 26, 2020, the fangs put on by her husband had particularly surprised, but the princess showed a happy face that was a pleasure to see. A few days before, Albert II had warned in People magazine that simplicity would be the order of the day for the holidays: “This year, we have not planned anything other than to ‘stay at home’ between Monaco and Roc Agel. We play it safe. It will be a different Christmas, but we will try to keep the magic for the children, of course. We will let the rest of the family come to us in small numbers and in turn.”

Since the birth of twins James and Gabriella, Christmas has always been a festive time for the royal family. As they have grown older, the twins have become accustomed to leaving “a glass of milk and cookies for Santa, water and grass for his reindeer,” as Charlene confided to Point de vue three years ago. The excitement builds until the morning of December 25, with the indulgence of mom and dad. “I think all mothers have experienced the indigestion of sweets and overexcitement,” the princess still joked to our confreres. This year, the twins are unlikely to put on their usual superhero costumes at the end of the day. They only miss one superhero: Charlene.

Photo credits: Bruno Bebert / Pool Monaco / Bestimage

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