Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to twins, a boy named Jacques and a girl named Gabriella, on Wednesday. Despite the fact that Gabriella is two minutes older than her brother, Jacques will be the heir to the throne because of Monaco’s male inheritance laws. The twins are the first children born to Princess Charlene and her husband Prince Albert, though Albert has two prior children born out of wedlock. Monaco tradition also forbids children born outside a marriage from becoming heir to the throne, so now three of his kids have been deemed unworthy of ruling. Awkward. What will be most awkward of all is when Gabriella and Jacques grow up and she realizes her brother gets to boss her around for no other reason than the fact that he’s a boy, and she’s just the chick who chilled out in the womb with the future king. Keep reading »
Princess Charlene of Monaco has a formidable sense of style, but given her role as, you know, royalty, she doesn’t get too many chances to put it on display. Mainly resigned to lackluster shades of beige and grey, Charlene always works a great fit and stylish footwear, but her ensembles are rarely anything to write home about, despite vocal approval from Giorgio Armani and the notoriously difficult-to-impress Karl Lagerfeld, who told her, “You are going to be a style icon. You bring a breath of fresh air and modern glamour to Monaco.” I daresay things seem to be changing for Charlene sartorially — perhaps she’s feeling a bit more wiggle room now that it’s been almost a year since her royal wedding to Prince Albert? — if the spring 2012 Prada dress she donned at this week’s Monaco F1 Grand Prix race is any indication. The garment itself, which features a series of turquoise race cars, was a cheeky nod to the occasion, and Charlene topped it all off with a bright red lipstick that (coincidentally?) complemented the noise-reducing headphones. This may or may not be the kind of look one would normally anticipate from a woman fit to be queen, but it is awesome. Duchess of Cambridge, take note.