It's a family affair! Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco hold hands as they attend Olympic flame lighting ceremony – while adorable twins Gabriella and Jacques are too cool for school in dark shades

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  • Their twin children joined them for the event 
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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco joined four Monegasque tourchbearers at a relay ceremony in Monaco today ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, marking the second time in history the Monaco has welcomed the Olympic Flame. 

Dressed in white from head to toe in the offical Relais De La Flamme (which means Olympic Torch Relay) uniform, Albert, 66, and Charlene, 46, proudly held up the historic torch, smiling at crowds alongside the other chosen torchbearers. 

The couple, who held hands as they arrived, were joined by their twin children Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, and Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco for the special event, who watched on as their parents proudly held up the Olympic Flame. 

Gabriella and Jacques were also matching, complementing their parents ensembles with all-black outfits, both wearing polo shirts with white stripes and and matching shades.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco were joined by their twin children Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, and Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco for relay ceremony

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco were joined by their twin children Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, and Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco for relay ceremony

Gabriella and Jacques were also matching, complementing their parents ensembles with all-black outfits

Gabriella and Jacques were also matching, complementing their parents ensembles with all-black outfits

Charlene and Albert dressed in white from head to toe in the offical Relais De La Flamme (which means Olympic Torch Relay) uniform

Charlene and Albert dressed in white from head to toe in the offical Relais De La Flamme (which means Olympic Torch Relay) uniform

Monegasque bobsledder Rudy Rinaldi (left) and Monaco's Prince Albert II (centre) hold Olympic Flame torches next to Princess Charlene (right)

Monegasque bobsledder Rudy Rinaldi (left) and Monaco’s Prince Albert II (centre) hold Olympic Flame torches next to Princess Charlene (right)

Joining the Prince and Princess of Monaco for the ceremony was Charles Leclerc, a Formula 1 driver and recent winner of the Monaco Grand Prix, Alexandra Coletti, an alpine skier and specialist in speed events, Xiaoxin Yang a table tennis player who has qualified for the Paris games and Rudy Rinaldi, an Olympic bobsleigh pilot.

The tourchbearers gathered in front of the statue of Juan Manuel Fangio at Port Hercule in Monte Carol, beginning with Charles Leclerc will be the first torchbearer.

The Flame was then passed on to Alexandra Coletti on a tour around the harbour, followed by Xiaoxin Yang and Rudy Rinaldi, who then handed it to H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in front of the statue of Malizia at the Palace Square. 

Prince Albert II has strong links with the Olympic Games, as president of the Monegasque Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1985.

The Flame was handed it to H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in front of the statue of Malizia at the Palace Square

The Flame was handed it to H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in front of the statue of Malizia at the Palace Square

It was a fun day out for the whole family who matched perfectly in monochrome tones

It was a fun day out for the whole family who matched perfectly in monochrome tones 

The family looked in high spirits, putting on a united front after what has been a turbulent few years

The family looked in high spirits, putting on a united front after what has been a turbulent few years

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco joined four Monegasque tourchbearers at a the relay ceremony

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco joined four Monegasque tourchbearers at a the relay ceremony

Before watching the procession, spectators were able to see a montage of archive images, designed and produced by the Audiovisual Institute and the Palace Archives of Monaco and looking back to Monaco’s participation in the Paris Olympics 100 years ago. 

Both Princess Charlene and Prince Albert have previously participated in the Olympics.

Prince Albert has taken part in five Winter Olympics as part of Monaco’s bobsleigh team, first carrying the Olympic Flame in 1996 to mark the Atlanta Summer Olympics. While Princess Charlene swam for South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 

The whole family looked in high spirits, putting on a united front after what has been a turbulent few years.

Earlier this year, the family faced a challenging period after Prince Albert’s former accountant Claude Palmero revealed Charlene’s personal spending allowance was over £1million-a-year via a leaked document that also accused the royal family of hiring illegal immigrants as nannies.

A tumultuous two years for Princess Charlene that saw her spend 10 months in South Africa away from her children, admitted to a treatment facility in Switzerland and strike a rumoured £10 million a year deal with Albert  

2021: HEALTH ISSUES, 10 MONTHS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ADMISSION TO A SWISS TREATMENT FACILITY 

January 27 – Charlene is pictured with Albert for the Sainte Devote Ceremony in Monaco.

March 18 – Charlene is pictured at the memorial for the late Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini at the KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, South Africa

April 2 – Charlene posts an Instagram picture of herself, Albert and their twins Jacques and Gabriella for Easter from an unknown locatoin. 

May 8 – Albert, Jacques and Gabriella attend a Grand Prix event in Monaco without Charlene

May 18 – Charlene shares her first picture from her conservation trip in South Africa

June 3 – New photos emerge of Charlene on her conservation trip

June 5 – Charlene puts on a united front as she shares a photo with her family to mark her niece’s fifth birthday with her brother’s family and Albert and the twins in South Africa

June 24 – Charlene’s foundation releases a statement saying the royal is unable to travel and is undergoing procedures for an ear, nose and throat infection

July 2 – Charlene and Albert mark their 10th anniversary separately. ‘This year will be the first time that I’m not with my husband on our anniversary in July, which is difficult, and it saddens me,’ Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene said in a statement.

August 13 – Charlene undergoes a four-hour operation. The reason is not announced

August 25 – Charlene shares photos of Prince Albert, Gabriella and Jacques visiting her in South Africa

September 1 – Charlene is admitted under an alias to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital after suddenly ‘collapsing’

September 2 – Charlene is discharged, with a statement from the Palais Princier reading: ‘Her Highness is closely monitored by Her medical team who said that Her condition was not worrying’

September 30 – Charlene releases a stylish video promoting her anti-poaching campaign from her South African bolthole

October 3 – Princess Charlene shares a photograph of herself smiling in front of a bible in her first snap since being discharged from hospital following her health scare

October 6 – Albert tells RMC radio Charlene is ‘ready to come home’

October 8 2021 – Princess undergoes more surgery in South Africa

November 8 – Charlene arrives back in Monaco. Prince Albert said within hours it became clear she was ‘unwell’

November 13 2021  – Prince Albert attends Expo 2020 in Dubai without Princess Charlene. Following his return from the trip, Prince Albert holds an intervention with Charlene’s brothers and a sister-in-law in which Charlene ‘confirmed’ she would seek ‘real medically-framed treatment’ outside of Monaco

November 16 – Royal household confirms Princess Charlene will not attend National Day celebrations on November 19

November 17 – Prince Albert reveals Princess Charlene has left Monaco and is recovering in a secret location

November 19 – Prince Albert reveals Charlene is in a treatment facility ‘elsewhere in Europe’ after a family intervention

November 25 – Sources tell Page Six Princess Charlene ‘almost died’ after sinus surgery and ‘lost nearly half her body weight’ due to being ‘unable to swallow’. They also said it was ‘unfair’ to portray her as struggling with mental health issues 

December 11 – Royal breaks her silence on Instagram to wish her twins Jacques and Gabriella a happy seventh birthday

December 24 – Princess Charlene of Monaco is still ‘months from recovery’ but will reunite with Prince Albert and their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriela for Christmas at treatment centre

2022: ROAD TO RECOVERY

January 25 – Princess Charlene celebrates her 44th birthday alone: Royal shares slideshow of snaps from happier times featuring Prince Albert, their children and her swimming career as she continues to receive treatment outside of Monaco

March 14 – Palace announces that Charlene is back in Monaco but will take time to ‘further strengthen her health before gradually resuming her official duties’

April 17 – Charlene is pictured for the first time in a family portrait to celebrate Easter

April 30 – Charlene makes her first public appearance since leaving a treatment facility as she attends Monaco E-Prix with Prince Albert

May 7 – The royal makes her second public appearance at the Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament 

May 10 – French media claims Prince Albert has agreed to pay his wife £10million a year to make sure she fulfils her consort role 

May 25 – Princess Charlene continues her return to public life at Monte Carlo Fashion Awards with daughter Princess Gabriella 

May 28 – Princess Charlene continues her return to public life as she joins Prince Albert at F1 in Monaco for the first time since 2019 

June 6 – Prince Albert says he was hurt by the ‘vicious’ rumours about his wife’s absence from Monaco and his family ‘missed the princess a lot’ 

June 16 – Princess Charlene appears sombre in all-black ensemble for Catholic festival 

June 18 – Princess Charlene of Monaco looks glamorous in all-green ensemble as she steps out with Prince Albert for the Monte Carlo TV Festival opening ceremony 

June 23 – Albert and Charlene attend a science exhibition opening with their children in Oslo – her first overseas visit since returning to public duties

July 4 – Albert and Charlene! Monaco royals hold hands in new portrait to mark 11 years of marriage

July 5 – Charlene visits the Princess Grace Hospital Centre in her first solo engagement since her return to Monaco 

July 9 – Albert attends Monaco’s Rose Ball without his wife, despite it being the highlight of the social calendar

July 18 – Royal joins Prince Albert at the 73rd Red Cross Gala in Monte Carlo 

July 20 – Couple visit The Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francis 

September 4 – Charlene joins Prince Albert and their children Gabriella and Jacques for a rare family appearance at traditional picnic in Monaco 

September 6 – Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco take their twins Jacques and Gabriella, 7, to class for their first day back after the summer holiday

September 12 – Couple attend a memorial service for the late Queen Elizabeth II

September 19 – Princess Charlene attends the Queen’s funeral in London alongside her husband Prince Albert 

October 4-5 – Princess Charlene wows on a solo surprise visit to Paris Fashion Week

October 21 – Princess Charlene of Monaco makes emotional solo visit to an animal shelter as she sends ‘all her love’ to fans following her return to royal duties

November 8 – Royal couple attend the annual Princess Grace Awards in New York 

November 16 – Princess Charlene attends Monaco’s Red Cross Christmas gift distribution with Prince Albert 

November 19-20 – Princess Charlene attends Monaco National Day celebrations with Prince Albert and presents awards at 2022 World Rugby Awards ceremony

December 2 – Princess Charlene takes her seven-year-old twins to Monaco Christmas village along with her model niece Charlotte Casiraghi

December 13 – Attends Monaco’s Red Cross Christmas gift distribution with her husband Prince Albert 

December 14 – Family attend Christmas tree ceremony in Monaco 

December 15 – Princess Charlene of Monaco reveals she feels ‘much better’ and has ‘much more energy’ after lengthy health crisis in an interview with Monaco Matin – the first since returning to royal duties

December 21 – Royals release a stylish family Christmas card

December 23 – ‘Proud’ Prince Albert praises Princess Charlene for ‘turning it around in an incredible way’ after lengthy health crisis, saying she had a ‘very tough year’ 

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 Albert said in March 2024: ‘Thankfully, my whole family is there for me, showering me with their affection, both my immediate family and the extended family of Monegasque.’

But the Prince went on to say that the situation had very much ‘upset’ his wife. 

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He continued: ‘She [Charlene] was also very upset for me, and saddened by certain things that came out in the media. We supported each other. She has resumed many of her activities, more public engagements, to everyone’s delight.’

Despite their troubles, the family have remained strong, with Albert talking glowingly about his children, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, who turn 10 this year.

‘She’s a little miss with an independent character and she expresses herself quite freely,’ he said. 

Before adding: ‘We thought Jacques was more of an introvert, but he’s been gaining confidence for some time now. He looks out for his sister.’

Prince Albert wenr on to say  that the family are all ‘very very close’.