The sophistication and smiles of the Grimaldis at home in the Palais Princier de Monaco are perfectly captured in their official 2023 Christmas card, which has been unveiled on social media days after it was sent out by post to close friends of the Principality.
The “First Family” of Monaco really does shine in the 2023 holiday card, which pictures Princess Charlene and the children seated on an elegant white and gold banquette in front of a standing Prince Albert and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
The twins, who recently celebrated their ninth birthdays, are looking decidedly grown up this year. In the photograph, Hereditary Prince Jacques sports a satin lapel tuxedo with a forest green bowtie while Princess Gabriella wears a ruffled frock made from a luxuriously deep burgundy velvet. Both are smiling serenely, matching with their mother, who sits aside the pair.
Princess Charlene is adorned in a true showstopper of a dress; the slightly off-shoulder gown is a full-length toffee-bronze that brings out her porcelain skin in the most becoming way.
Prince Albert, meanwhile, with his hands on the shoulders of the two most important women in his life, beams with pride and happiness. Dapper in a well-cut tuxedo to complement his son’s, Prince Albert’s festive outfit is accessorised with a scarlet red bowtie; a nod to the season.
In all, the Grimaldis seem to have struck the perfect chord for the holiday season with their take on modern elegance, as captured by official Palace photographer Eric Mathon.
The photograph was revealed by the Palais Princier de Monaco on social media on 15th December, just a few days after postal copies of the card reached the homes of treasured friends of the Principality earlier in the week. Within hours, it had won thousands of likes and positive comments from online viewers around the world.
The gold and silver of the regal setting is certainly different from the holiday card released by the UK’s Prince and Princess of Wales, which has come under fire for its overly casual vibe and a number of bizarre editing mistakes. Five-year-old Prince Louis appears to be missing a finger while Prince William could well be one leg short in the final version!
See the full length photograph below:
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Photo credit: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier de Monaco