Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Monaco Twins Birthday Reply

It was quite exciting to find this reply waiting for me at home, when I returned from my Christmas Holiday. The card is from Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. I had written to them for their Twins, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella's, 1st Birthday on December 10th.



The postmarks and stamps from Monaco are always really interesting. This postmark features a nativity scene and with the words "Joyeuses Fetes," which is French for Happy Holidays. The stamp features the Monaco Yacht Show which was September 23-26th.

One of the interesting things about the envelope was that it didn't feature any monogram/ cypher on the back. Replies sent from Prince Albert and Princess Charlene usually feature a Red "AC" with a crown on top.

Inside was a bi-lingual thank-you card. The card is written in both French and English. The top of the card features Jacques and Gabriella's monogram as well as the Royal Family's coat of arms.


One of the interesting things about this card was the use of the term Crown Prince. We have seen Prince Jacque been called both Crown Prince and Hereditary Prince. They both mean the same thing, that Jacque is the heir apparent.

Crown Prince/ss is the more common term used by other european monarchs, but I feel like Hereditary Prince has been used more by Monaco historically. In French, there is just one term "Prince Héréditaire" which is always used.



Prince Albert and Princess Charlene gave an interview to mark the Twins 1st Birthday (Bilingual- both French and English with Subtitles).


" LL.AA.SS. le Prince Albert et la Princesse Charlene ont souhaité offrir pour le 1er anniversaire des enfants Jacques et Gabriella, le 10 décembre dernier, ce film DVD enregistré quelques semaines avant les Fêtes de Noël dans le prestigieux Salon de Glaces. Ce lieu bien connu des Monégasques et des amis de la Principauté est utilisé pendant la Fête Nationale, lors de l’apparition de la Famille Princière aux fenêtres. Le Couple Princier répond en toute décontraction aux questions du journaliste Australien Richard Barnes sur cette année exceptionnelle qui a changé leur vie, une année marquée également par les 10 ans de Règne du Prince Albert. Cet entretien inédit en présence des enfants, Jacques et Gabriella a été tourné par les caméras de MonacoBroadcast, sous la direction de Jérôme Revon et avec le concours des Archives Audiovisuelles de Monaco ".
Posted by Palais Princier de Monaco - Prince's Palace of Monaco on Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Check out:
Birth of the Twins thank you note
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