Monaco's Royal Twins Baptised

Monaco's Royal Twins Baptised

Monaco's five-month old royal twins, crown prince Jacques and his sister Gabriella, were baptised Sunday in the Catholic church of Monaco
 
The royal couple, Prince Albert II, 57,  and Princess Charlene, 37, who married in 2011, emerged from the cathedral and held their twins who wore matching white christening baby gowns by Baby Dior, to cheers from the public crowd that had gathered. The princess herself looked radiant in an outfit by Dior Haute Couture. Her fitted skirt and jacket combination was accessorized with a bibi hat and knitted gloves.
 
Over 700 guests and members of the public filled the cathedral, with several hundred more outside, who followed the ceremony on giant screens in the Palace square. Prince Albert's sisters Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie were both in the pews for the ceremony, along with Caroline's children Andrea, Pierre and Alexandra.
 
The twins were born on December 10th at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco and were officially presented in public for the first time on January 7th. Gabriella arrived first with Jacques born two minutes later - but the prince is heir to the throne, as in Monaco male heirs take precedence over their older sisters.
 
Following the ceremony the five-month-old twins were driven back to Monaco's palace while their parents walked along the Rue Bellando de Castro greeting the well wishers who had come out to join the celebrations.
It was followed by a second ceremony at the palace to name Prince Jacques as Grand Cross of the Order of Grimaldi and Princess Gabriella as the Grand Officer of the Order of Grimaldi.