As public figures they’re used to being in the spotlight, but Monaco’s royals looked like a normal happy family on a fun day out this week.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene joined their three-year-old twins to celebrate the country’s culture at the Prince’s Palace.
The family were celebrating the 1st Meeting of the Grimaldi of Monaco Historic Sites, an event that showcased traditions and customs from different regions in Monaco – from medieval combats to folklore and dance performances.
Princess Gabriella stole the show in a traditional red dress, while her brother Prince Jacques cut an adorably dapper figure in a sharp suit.
Also dressing up was Pierre Casiraghi, son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Prince Albert’s nephew, who wore a knight’s costume to stage a fight scene at the event.
The event saw the former ‘fiefs’ (representatives) of the Grimaldi of Monaco welcomed at a meeting held under the pines in the palace.
Guests were shown the culinary and cultural traditions of the ancient fiefs, and events included dancing, drawing and puppet shows.
Princess Charlene, 40, looked chic in a black and white striped sleeveless dress, that featured a daring thigh-high split on the side.
The Zimbabwe-born born royal dressed for the sun with a pair of black sandals and kept her sunglasses perched on her head as the family took in the event.
Prince Albert, 60, looked smart in a brightly coloured waistcoat and a pair of chinos for the occasion.
The couple’s daughter Princess Gabriella wore a traditional red bonnet with a matching shawl and skirt alongside a pretty white blouse and gloves.
Her twin and heir to the throne Prince Jacques donned a khaki coloured two piece suit and kept his eyes shielded from the sun with his own pair of black sunglasses.
Both children looked in their element at the event, which had many different activities on offer for them to enjoy.
They both took turns trying to win sweets from a rainbow-coloured pinata as other children looked on.
They also got to play in a fire engine, meet some farmyard animals and watch their cousin Pierre in the show.
Albert and Charlene looked every inch the doting parents as they guided their children around the event.
Cradling a child each on their knees, the couple appeared relaxed as they sat in the crowds.
The family looked happy to mingle with the other guests and sat on stacks of hay as they enjoyed the celebrations.
Pierre cut a handsome figure in his costume, which consisted of metal armour with a piece of cloth draped over.
The businessman, who is the grandson of Prince Rainier and American actress Grace Kelly, looked thrilled as he posed with two stunning models who were also taking part in the event.
But there was little time to mingle, as Pierre had to get back to his duties for the day and led a group of men clad as knights into the staged fight.
Charlene and Albert tied the knot in 2011 after five years together, going public with their relationship at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Prince Albert is the son of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
Originally published at Daily Mail