Charlene’s night off? Prince Albert treats Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques to night at circus

Princess Charlene’s night off? Prince Albert of Monaco treats twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques to night at the circus in Monte Carlo

Prince Albert of Monaco was all smiles as he treated his twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques to a night at the circus yesterday evening.

The European royal, 64, attended the 45th International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo over the weekend, following its grand opening last week

The family were joined by Albert’s niece Camille Gottlieb, 24, and nephew Louis Ducruet, 30 – who are his sister Princess Stephanie’s children.

Ahead of the show, Princess Gabriella, eight, and her cousin Camille accepted a bunch of flowers each from cast members who came out to greet them on the red carpet.

Prince Albert, 64, pictured with his eight-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince  Jacques as they arrived at the International Circus Festival last night with the royal's niece Camille Gottlieb (right) and nephew Louis Ducruet (left)

Prince Albert, 64, pictured with his eight-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince  Jacques as they arrived at the International Circus Festival last night with the royal’s niece Camille Gottlieb (right) and nephew Louis Ducruet (left)

After posing for a family photo, the party – which was missing Prince Albert’s wife Princess Charlene – took their seats in the royal box. 

Prince Albert’s late father Prince Ranier was the brains behind the first International  Circus Festival, which now as then, specialises in traditional circus acts from clowns to acrobats. 

The festival is an annual event in the principality and has been running since 1974. 

However, this is the first time since the pandemic struck that the festival has been able to go ahead. 

Princess Gabriella and her cousin Camille accepted bouquets of flowers on the red carpet as they arrived at the Monte Carlo event

Princess Gabriella and her cousin Camille accepted bouquets of flowers on the red carpet as they arrived at the Monte Carlo event

The family pictured in the royal box ahead of the performance. Princess Charlene was noticeably absent from the family outing

The family pictured in the royal box ahead of the performance. Princess Charlene was noticeably absent from the family outing  

For the 45th International Circus Festival, magician Peter Marvey will be taking to the stage alongside clown Mister Lorenzo Carnevale and tiger-tamer Bruno Togni. 

Last week, Prince Albert’s sister Princess Stephanie, 57, attended the grand opening of the festival and happily posed for pictures with a parrot perched on her shoulder.

Stephanie, a patron of the awe-inspiring show, helps to oversee the Circus Festival and is involved in everything from choosing the acts to the choreography. 

Although Princess Charlene didn’t make an appearance at last night’s family outing, her husband confirmed they will be both be attending King Charles’ coronation in May.

Princess Stéphanieof Monaco, 57, posed for photos with a parrot for the opening night of the 45th International Circus Festival last week

Princess Stéphanieof Monaco, 57, posed for photos with a parrot for the opening night of the 45th International Circus Festival last week

Stephanie's father Prince Ranier was the brains behind the first festival, which was held in the principality in 1974

Stephanie’s father Prince Ranier was the brains behind the first festival, which was held in the principality in 1974

Magician Peter Marvey will be taking to the stage alongside clown Mister Lorenzo Carnevale and tiger-tamer Bruno Togni this year

Magician Peter Marvey will be taking to the stage alongside clown Mister Lorenzo Carnevale and tiger-tamer Bruno Togni this year

The royal spoke fondly of the British King ahead of his 6 May coronation, calling him ‘a very educated man and someone with a great sense of humour’.

Speaking to PEOPLE, Albert confirmed he and his wife Princess Charlene would attend, adding: ‘I’m certain that it’s going to be an incredible ceremony and a very moving one.’

The event will be amongst the highest profile attended by Charlene since her recent illness, which saw her spending 11 months away from the Mediterranean principality in her native South Africa, undergoing treatment for an unspecified condition.

Albert added: ‘We’ve maintained contact since His Majesty became King, but I haven’t talked to him personally since the Queen’s funeral.’

Last week, Prince Albert confirmed that he and his wife Princess Charlene will definitely be at the ceremony to watch King Charles' coronation in May

Last week, Prince Albert confirmed that he and his wife Princess Charlene will definitely be at the ceremony to watch King Charles’ coronation in May

Prince Albert went onto reveal that himself and his wife Princess Charlene, will definitely be at the ceremony to watch the king’s crowning, however their 8-year-old twins Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella might be ‘too young’.

News of the couple’s attendance comes after Prince Albert praised his wife, Princess Charlene, for ‘turning it around in an incredible way’ after a long-running health battle.

Speaking in December, the 64-year-old royal told People he was ‘really proud of my wife,’ adding: ‘Charlene’s doing really well.’

He continued: ‘As you know, last year was a very tough year for her – and the beginning of this year.’

Albert added that after being admitted to a Swiss treatment facility for exhaustion and keeping out of the limelight, Charlene, 44, has been ‘active in any number of different events.’

He highlighted a number of events where the former Olympic swimmer had been visible at lately, including a recent outing to the Monaco branch of the Red Cross.

‘She’s really enjoying doing things together and with the kids, so this year is ending on a very, a very high note. We’re truly thrilled about how things are,’ Albert said. 

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