Princely births celebrated by Monaco Post

Princely births celebrated by Monaco Post
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StampNews.com is glad to inform that on the occasion of the birth of Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, Monaco Post is ready to release a block of two stamps consisting of photos of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène with Their Children, taken at the Princess Grace Hospital and during the official presentation on 7th January 2015. The issue will be released on the 27th of April.

Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco is the twin son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco and Princess Charlene and heir apparent to the Monegasque throne. He was born at Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital.

The Princely Palace of Monaco released a statement describing how the birth was to be celebrated in the principality. Forty-two cannon shots (twenty-one for each child) were to be fired from the Fort Antoine and church bells were to ring for fifteen minutes, followed by boat horns. The twins were presented on 7 January 2015 which was declared a public holiday in Monaco.

In an interview, Princess Charlene revealed that she chose the name Jacques, a name of French origin that is common in South Africa (although it is pronounced differently there) where she grew up. The names Honoré and Rainier are names that honour past princes of Monaco.

Jacques is younger than his twin sister Gabriella by two minutes. They have an older half-sister, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, and an older half-brother, Alexandre Coste, from their father's previous relationships. He received the title Marquis of Baux from his father. He made his first public appearance with his parents and twin sister, in January 2015.

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