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A Video Message of Thanks from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Palais Princier de Monaco released a video message from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco announcing the birth of his precious newborn twins.

Here is what the sovereign prince and proud father had to say:

“My Dear Fellow Citizens and Residents of the Principality,

It is with great joy that I have the pleasure of announcing that Princess Charlene gave birth on Wednesday 10th December 2014 to one boy and one girl named Jacques Honoré Rainier, who will bear the title of Crown Prince, and Gabriella Thérèse Marie Princess and second in the line of succession.

I wish to share this moment of happiness with the Monégasque people and more widely with all my country’s residents. These births further bolster the feeling of community that unites us.

I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to all those, in Monaco and across the world, who have expressed their attachment to the Princess, myself and my family.

Thanks be to God for this blessing.”

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Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier

HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Twins! (VIDEOS)

MonacoLAOn Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to healthy baby twins at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco.

The little prince, born at 5:06 p.m., was named His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Marquis des Baux.  The little princess, born at 5:04 p.m., was named Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie, Comtesse de Carladès.

Princess Charlene and her beautiful new little ones are doing well and, of course, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco is incredibly happy.

A huge congrats to Their Serene Highnesses and to the people of Monaco!

Click here to watch a video announcing the birth of the princely twins via Monaco Info en Direct.

Sirens, church bells, and cannons celebrating the birth of the princely twins.

The Palais Princier de Monaco this evening.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Opens the 127th International Olympic Committee Session. (VIDEOS)

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco officially opened the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

Prior to the opening the sovereign prince hosted a reception for IOC members including Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

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IOCopening Photos courtesy of the IOC

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Opens the Village de Noël. (VIDEO)

On Friday, December 5, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco officially opened the 2014 Village de Noël de Monaco along the Quai Albert Ier, Port Hercule, in Monaco.

Photos courtesy of Getty images/V. Hache

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives an Honorary Doctorate.

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On Saturday, December 6, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco received an honorary doctorate from the Universität Bern during the 180th Dies Academicus held at the Kultur Casino in Bern, Switzerland.

The sovereign prince was awarded the honorary doctorate for his promotion of scientific research, his commitment to climate science, his commitment to rare diseases and for his contribution to research into Duchenne muscular disease.

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Photos courtesy of the Universität Bern

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Stephanie of Monaco Attend the 2014 Fight AIDS Monaco Auction Gala.

On Monday, December 1, 2014, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Stephanie of Monaco attended the 2014 Fight AIDS Monaco Auction Gala held inside the Salon Atlantique at the Hôtel Méridien Beach Plaza in Monaco.

Princess Stephanie is President of Fight AIDS Monaco.

Click here to view photos.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 40th Anniversary of the Galerie Adriano Ribolzi. (VIDEO)

On November 21, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the  Galerie Adriano Ribolzi 40th anniversary celebrations in Monaco.  During last month’s celebration’s a new exhibition was opened which showcases works by several “…Italian masters from the second half of the 20th century…”

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Views an Exhibition About the Great War. (VIDEO)

Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco viewed the exhibition, La Grande Guerre vue de Monaco, held at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits the SBM Offshore Facilities in Singapore. (VIDEO)

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by several Monégasque government officials visited the SBM Offshore facilities and Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.  During his visit the sovereign prince was given a tour of the massive oil tanker by SBM company officials.

Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Attends a Charity Gala at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. (VIDEO)

On the evening of Friday, November 7, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover arrived at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands to attend the official launch of AMADE Nederland Benefit Gala.

Established on May 14, 2014, AMADE Nederland raises funds for projects for children in emergency situations that are initiated and supported by AMADE Mondiale — which Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover is President — or for utilities that are initiated by AMADE Nederland and brings attention to disadvantaged children in emergency situations. Money raised during this evening’s gala will benefit Syrian refugee children according to various sources.

Click here and here to view photos.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Singapore.

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On Friday, November 7, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Singapore for a three-day visit. This afternoon the sovereign prince met with President of the Republic Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, at the Istana (official residence of the President).

During their meeting Prince Albert II and President Tan Keng Yam “…reaffirmed the warm bilateral relations between Singapore and Monaco. They also exchanged views on environmental challenges faced by city-states such as Singapore and Monaco, and looked forward to strengthening business ties and cooperation in areas of mutual interest…” according to a press release.

Tomorrow, the sovereign prince will tour the SBM offshore facilities as well as visit the premises of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).

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Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier and Istana/MFA

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Receives an Honorary Doctorate from the Università degli Studi di Genova. (VIDEO)


Last month — October 24, 2014, to be exact — His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Marine Science from the Università degli Studi di Genova (University of Genoa) in Genoa, Italy.

The sovereign prince received his Honorary Doctorate during the Lectio Magistralis (a scholarly lecture) entitled, The Mediterranean and its Environmental Conditions Between Hopes and Concerns.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Opening of the 83rd Interpol General Assembly. (VIDEOS)



On November 3, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the opening of the 83rd Interpol General Assembly, held under the theme 100 Years of International Police Cooperation, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

Prior to the opening of Monday’s conference the sovereign prince viewed an exhibition about the cultural history of the Principality of Monaco.