Princess Charlene in high spirits as she celebrates first National Day since illness

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Princess Charlene of Monaco celebrated her first National Day this weekend since her health concerns caused her to be out of the country and away from her family.

The royal pair then made a balcony appearance as the parade rode past with their twin children, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques who were spotted excitedly waving Monaco’s flag as the parade took place.

The royal children were later also joined by their cousins Kaia-Rose and India, and royal sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews attended the festivities as well.

Princess Charlene wore a full-length cream-coloured Akris cape coat while also wearing a black turtleneck.

She completed the outfit with a black brimmed har designed by British hat-maker Stephen Jones, black gloves and large pearly earrings.

Picture of Princess Charlene

Princess Charlene of Monaco celebrated her first National Day this weekend since her health concerns (Image: Getty Images)

Picture of Princess Charlene alongside Prince Albert at mass

Princess Charlene began the holiday by attending Te Deum Mass at Monaco Cathedral (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Charlene also took to Instagram before the celebrations began and posted a photograph of her seven-year-old twins.

In the photograph, Prince Jacques is saluting while dressed like his father in a military uniform wearing a carabiner’s cap.

Princess Gabriella smiles at the camera and is wearing a dark red double-breasted redingote with an angled black chapeau, similar to the hat Princess Charlene wore during the national event.

The royal captioned the photograph “Happy National Day” which was later shared by Princely Palace on their other royal social media pages.

Picture of Princess Charlene, Prince Albert and their children on a balcony.

The Monacan royal family waved from the palace as the parade marched past. (Image: Getty Images)

It was first only celebrated with a mass, but as it grew in popularity it developed to include a ballet, parade, concert and firework displays.

The day is changed depending on the ruling royal’s patron saint, and upon inheriting the throne in 2005, Prince Albert decided on November 19 as the date which is the day that celebrates Saint Rainier.

The date was chosen to honour Prince Albert’s father, Prince Rainier and is also the same date on which Prince Albert officially ascended the throne.

Picture of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert with their children Prince Jacques and  Princess Gabriella

Monaco’s National Day is both a religious and civic holiday and first began as Prince’s Day (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Charlene is celebrating her first National Day in quite some time, as the royal spent the majority of 2021 in her home country of South Africa due to illness.

The Princess was unable to see her children during this time and also missed celebrating her tenth wedding anniversary with Prince Albert.

The royal returned to Monaco in November last year but continued to not make any public appearances, with the only announcement being that she was taking “time to recover” due to “poor health”.

It is unknown what illness Prince Charlene was suffering from, as Prince Albert said to People magazine she had “incredible fatigue” and “hadn’t slept well” as well as having trouble eating.

He said: “She has lost a lot of weight, which made her vulnerable to other potential ailments. A cold or the flu or God help us, Covid.”

The Princess returned to public life earlier this year in May and appears to have made a full recovery.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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