Princess Charlene of Monaco takes her seven-year-old twins to Christmas village

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

Prince Charlene has got into the festive spirit, taking her seven-year-old twins to Monaco’s Christmas village.

Charlene, 44, marked the first weekend of December by taking her children Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella to inaugurate the annual Christmas village, which comes complete with entertainment, festive decorations and fairground rides.

She was joined by her model niece Charlotte Casiraghi, 36, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco.

However, Charlene’s husband Prince Albert of Monaco did not appear to be at the event. But he was seen publicly yesterday, when he was snapped joining other European royals to mark World AIDS day solidarity event.

Princess Charlene of Monaco (pictured, left) and Charlotte Casiraghi (pictured, right) attended the Christmas village in Monaco today

Princess Charlene of Monaco (pictured, left) and Charlotte Casiraghi (pictured, right) attended the Christmas village in Monaco today

The royal was joined by her seven-year-old twins Princess Gabriella (centre, left) and Prince Jacques (centre, right)

The royal was joined by her seven-year-old twins Princess Gabriella (centre, left) and Prince Jacques (centre, right)

Today the prince attended an event at the Maritim Hotel in Duesseldorf, where he was awarded with the annual German Sustainability Award.

Princess Charlene’s appearance made a departure from last year, when the twins attended the event with their father, she remained away from the public eye, recovering from what was described by the palace as ‘exhaustion’. 

Photographs from the outing show the four royals wrapped up against the cold weather, as pose for images alongside traditionally-dressed village workers.

Princess Charlene donned a dark outfit mixing several dark shades, matching her long navy coat with dark polo neck and boots.

Her trademark blonde crop was styled in a side parting, showing off large diamond ear studs, and her make-up was natural and polished.

Princess Charlene of Monaco (left) donned a dark coat which mixed navy with dark green (pictured with Charlotte Casiraghi today in Monaco)

Princess Charlene of Monaco (left) donned a dark coat which mixed navy with dark green (pictured with Charlotte Casiraghi today in Monaco)

The quartet appeared to be enjoying the ambience at the event today, taking in the entertainment, festive decorations and fairground rides

The quartet appeared to be enjoying the ambience at the event today, taking in the entertainment, festive decorations and fairground rides

During the appearance, the seven-year-old royal twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella (pictured) took part in the festivities

During the appearance, the seven-year-old royal twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella (pictured) took part in the festivities

The young princess (centre) appeared to be beaming at one point as she made her way through the Christmas village alongside her twin brother Jacques (left)

The young princess (centre) appeared to be beaming at one point as she made her way through the Christmas village alongside her twin brother Jacques (left)

Meanwhile, Charlotte Casiraghi donned a black and white long coat with black boots, and a similar polo neck. She added a pop of colour with her red handbag. 

Caroline wore her chestnut tresses loose, and finished off her classic look with a sleek make-up look, matching her fresh base to a darker, smoky eye and natural lip.

The twins also wore a similar colour palette, with Jacques, 7, wearing dark trousers, boots, and a plaid shirt mixing shades of dark green and red.

His sister Gabriella, 7, wore a red coat, over a red and green checked dress. She kept warm with a pair of navy tights, and finished the coordinated look with red, flat Mary Jane shoes. 

Caroline’s outing follows a recent interview she gave to Town and Country magazine, in which she described the ‘liberating’ nature of her relationship with her mother ever since having children of her own, explaining that it opened up an opportunity to get ‘feel closer’.

The daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco said that parenthood has unleashed a ‘transmission of the maternal link’.   

Model Charlotte Casiraghi (left) looked like she was enjoying the conversation with Princess Charlene (right)

Model Charlotte Casiraghi (left) looked like she was enjoying the conversation with Princess Charlene (right)

The outing marked a departure from last year, when the children attended the event with their father, while their mother was receiving treatment for exhaustion away from the limelight (pictured: Princess Charlene of Monaco (up R) and Charlotte Casiraghi (L) Monaco's Prince Jacques (front C) and Princess Gabriella (front R).

The outing marked a departure from last year, when the children attended the event with their father, while their mother was receiving treatment for exhaustion away from the limelight (pictured: Princess Charlene of Monaco (up R) and Charlotte Casiraghi (L) Monaco’s Prince Jacques (front C) and Princess Gabriella (front R).

‘Of course, you have more empathy and you understand more things,’ the 36-year-old told the outlet. ‘When you become a mother there is the fact that your mother accepts that she’s not the only one who’s a mother.’

Charlotte has a son Raphaël, eight, who she shares with her ex-boyfriend, Gad Elmaleh, and welcomed his brother Balthazaar, four, with her husband Dmitri in October 2018

The niece of Prince Albert of Monaco added: ‘A lot of women feel that they have that power as well, to give life, and it’s not something that they just owe to their mother.’  

Charlotte added that motherhood is ‘hard to sum up’, saying: ‘I think every day has hard and amazing moments’.

The appearance comes days after Charlotte Casiraghi revealed she had been interviewed for the latest issue of Town & Country magazine

The appearance comes days after Charlotte Casiraghi revealed she had been interviewed for the latest issue of Town & Country magazine 

‘Every day you go through moments when you worry for your children or when they exhaust you, and then you go through moments when you share so much with them and you don’t even question the fact that they’re the most important thing in your life.’ 

Touching more on the ‘complex’ relationships between mothers and daughters, she explained that she tries not to speak about the ‘very private’ relationship with hers.  

‘I don’t necessarily want to reveal everything that’s going on between us, but it’s always ambivalent,’ she said. ‘I feel that even when you have your own kids, you’re still struggling to have your own space.’

Charlotte also touched on how the women in her family helped her navigate a life in the public eye with a ‘sense of effort and discipline’ – using the French term ‘exigences en soi-meme’ – which she explained as the expectation of oneself to live up to a moral standard.

The daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, 36, told the latest issue of Town & Country Magazine that parenthood has for them unleashed a 'transmission of the maternal link'

The daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, 36, told the latest issue of Town & Country Magazine that parenthood has for them unleashed a ‘transmission of the maternal link’

The granddaughter of Grace Kelly also told the outlet that having the public be interested in your life ‘is not necessarily something you should be proud of or be overwhelmed by’.

The royal explained that she makes a conscious choice not to give importance to certain things – such as feeling people staring on her in a restaurant – as the most vital things to her are ‘what she builds personally’. 

Charlotte is the second child of Princess Caroline of Hanover and the late Italian businessman Stefano Casiraghi, who died in 1990.  

She is accomplished equestrian and one of Chanel’s most recent ambassadors.

Earlier this year, the socialite wowed Paris Fashion Week attendees as she rode her horse around the designer’s runway, cantering down the catwalk on a horse while resplendent in its signature black tweed.

Anna Wintour and Pharrell Williams were among the A-listers watching.

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