Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to her twins, a boy & a girl (updates)


Well, this has turned into a busy gossip day for Hollywood and royalty alike! There’s word going around Monaco that Princess Charlene and Prince Albert have checked into the hospital already. Charlene was due with twins on Christmas Day, but Albert previously said that twins usually come early, which is true. Also, there’s gossip around Monaco that this is a prescheduled C-section. Which also wouldn’t surprise me. She’s pregnant with twins, and she’s 36 years old. I think many doctors would probably want to do a C-section, you know?

I’m following the drama in Monaco on Twitter, and as of press time, there’s a lot of rumor and speculation. Many in Monaco think that Charlene has already given birth to a boy and a girl. Which… I hope that’s the case! And I hope they name the babies something decent. I’ll update this post when the news gets confirmed!

Update: The Daily Mail says that Charlene definitely gave birth to a boy and girl and no one knows if Albert was even there.

Update: We have the names! The boy is Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier and the girl is Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie. Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Nice.



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  1. bettyrose says:

    Does she get her passport back in the delivery room?

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Congratulations! I hope motherhood will bring Charlene lots of joy.

  3. PunkyMomma says:

    I wish her a safe delivery and healthy babies.

  4. minx says:

    Congrats to them. My husband turned 60 today, so I think December 10th is a great birth date.

  5. Tiffany says:

    Was there not a rumor that the girl was born first and not the boy. Either way, congrats and hope all is healthy.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Wasn’t it decided that it didn’t matter? Primogeniture is still in place in Monaco. If a boy and girl are born, boy will be the heir regardless of birth order. Albert stated that if she had two boys he would choose which would be heir when they were older (something like 10 years), instead of going with first-born. I don’t remember what happens if they are both girls.

      • LadySlippers says:


        Yup. The boy is the heir apparent to Albert with his sister being the spare or heiress presumptive to her brother.

        (Heir/Heiress apparent a are in direct line and cannot be bumped; whereas heir/heiress presumptives can be bumped by another — usually a child of the next up in line).

    • FingerBinger says:

      It doesn’t matter if the girl was born first ,they just need a male heir. Albert’s sister Caroline is older than him ,but Albert is still the heir.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Hopefully, having the boy will avert the messy succession issue but given the Grimaldi family’s history, that could be in question.

        Congratulations to the princely couple on their bundles of joy. I hope this brings them great happiness and less stress. I love the name Gabriella for a little princess!

      • LadySlippers says:


        The names are very beautiful. 😊

  6. Sherry says:

    I must have had some kind of intuition this morning, because as I was taking the kids to school this morning, I thought about her out of the blue and wondered when in December she was supposed to have the babies. I hope she has a healthy, happy delivery and healthy, happy babies!

    • Sherry says:

      Someone just tweeted that gossipers in Monaco said a boy was just delivered.

      • Mira says:

        I know it’s awful to think this but part of me is happy that at least one of the twins is a boy because – assuming the rumors are true – maybe they’ll lay off her a bit, now!

    • notasugarhere says:

      You just find the best links/stories! (And you can get them through the CB filter. growl.)

      • LadySlippers says:


        No, I’m just persistent! Lol. Sometimes moderation makes me want to scream.

        But the pics are just SO fantastic and clearly Julian has an artistic eye! It made me feel better after hearing from another CB commenter that met both Albert and Charlene and said Charlene IS happy (I think it’s on the last Monaco post). And these pics confirm it — she is just radiant.


      • Feeshalori says:

        Wonderful photos; thanks for the link. I just love the informal ones of Charlene with the curlers in her hair and drinking champagne.

      • wolfpup says:

        Thank you Lady Slippers. I always look at your links.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      • LadySlippers says:

        Aren’t they?

        It shows that she just needs to be relaxed and comfy to photograph well. I’m very much like that.

      • Kori says:

        I remember seeing a photo of them at the London Olympics. It was a quiet moment and they were seated with their arms linked and she was resting her head against his arm. It looked very comfortable, relaxed and loving. I don’t know what their marriage is like but, like William and Kate, it seems there is a lot of presumption based on selected photographs.

      • LadySlippers says:


        Very true.

      • FLORC says:

        It goes all ways. Direct opposite stories can be created from photos of the same events. It’s the videos that carry more weight imo.

        Came here to say Huzzah! Book that woman a ticket to her rugby personal trainor lover! I bet (hope) those babies take after Charlene.

    • Ahot says:

      Thanks so much for finding these! I have been saying this all along. The press needed a scandalous royal wedding, not the simple truth: Charlene is shy & doesn´t like the attention & Albert is too old to play nice for the cameras! Nothing to see here.

      But i understand that a whiff of scandal sells better. 🙂

      Congo to the new mommy! 2-in-one is perfect ! 😀

      • LadySlippers says:

        You are welcome! But it’s fairly prominent on the DM’s website so it wasn’t hard to find. 😊

    • M says:

      Thanks for the post! I bought into the story that she was a miserable, kept woman so these are great to see another side.

    • Lucinda says:

      I’m beginning to think she just doesn’t photograph happy. The photos are beautiful but even in the happy pictures, the smile doesn’t seem to reach her eyes. I’m not trying to read anything into them. She just seems to have a stiff face I guess? Or she really is unhappy. I don’t know but I don’t read joy in those pictures.

  7. paola says:

    Her release day is near!

  8. Prim says:

    Congratulations to her. Having twins is fabulous.

  9. Karen says:

    Awee yay for babies! I can’t wait for their mini Chanel onesies!

    Will you also be covering the royals and the Nobels today? Oslo and Stockholm? Ones got Malala (so much respect), the other a soon-to-be-married-to-a-prince ex nude model/stripper now charity worker in attendence.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Hell-Qvist dressed like an escapee from the Ice Capades and lording it over Madeleine. Fingers crossed no titles for C-P and the pet snake.

      • Karen says:

        Victoria really brought it this year. Sofia looked deranged. Vegas showgirl meets icecapades.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Some members of the “press” (aka the Hell-Qvist cheering squad) are allegedly complaining that Chris didn’t sing the Swedish national anthem. IMO, as he isn’t a Swedish citizen (he is dual British-US), he shouldn’t/wouldn’t sing it.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Sofia looked one hot mess; at least the royal hairdresser gave her a lovely ‘do. Wonder if we’ll ever see a tiara on her head……

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      Loved Victoria’s and Madeleine’s dresses. Sofia looked trashy as hell!

  10. wow says:

    I bet she’s glad thats over with!


  11. Carrie says:

    Hopefully the kids give her a good distraction from her dog of a husband.

    • minx says:

      I know. I’ve always liked her and felt sorry for her–like I should feel sorry for a zillionaire princess, lol. But I do. She always seemed sort of lost. Hope she finds happiness.

  12. scout says:

    Good luck to her, twins at 36, not bad at all! How old is that prince,53? Reminds me of GC and his! 😀

    • minx says:

      He’s actually 56.

    • Lisa says:

      They are at a high risk for Noonan Syndrome and a much higher risk of Down Syndrome because of his age, but hopefully they will be healthy.

      • Maria says:

        What is Noonan syndrome.? Hope the twins are healthy. great to have twins.

      • Dolce crema says:

        I’m a cynic, am assuming that prior to announcing they checked for Down’s syndrome, etc in various ways and would have ended the pregnancy if they babies weren’t healthy (although with twins it’s tricky, what if one /2 was healthy ?) I’m sure they are “healthy” babies

      • Feeshalori says:

        I’m pretty sure they’d have given her precautionary tests as well during the pregnancy.

  13. PHD gossip says:

    We knew she would wait until the Cambridges were not hogging the headlines.

  14. Lisa Danielle says:

    I wonder whether there’s any chance of retroactive change in the line of succession if it’s one girl and one boy (at the moment, the boy would be first regardless of birth order). It worked out for Sweden’s royal family even though the King wasn’t happy about it and said his son should have remained heir.

  15. minxx says:

    I’m so happy for her, she must be overjoyed and relieved. If it’s a boy and a girl, as they say, then it’s just perfect,le choix du roi 🙂

  16. DacDuchess says:

    I hope she’ll find happiness with the babies

  17. PHD gossip says:

    Prince Albert couldn’t manage his PR well enough to have the headlines say he was at the hospital? Sheesh.

  18. Dawn says:

    Congrats to them!

  19. Ethelreda says:

    I predicted it would be a boy and a girl because – assuming this was an IVF pregnancy and they chose the genders – they would obviously want at least one to be male. But it would be better for the other baby to be a girl, as there would be no resentment over their twin being the one to inherit the throne, since a girl would ”obviously” have to take second place to her brother.

    • someone says:

      I thought the same thing – that they did IVF with gender selection. Pretty good luck if they transferred both a boy and girl embryo and they BOTH took. I thought possibly they might have gone with two boy embryos to increase the odds of at least a single successful boy pregnancy. But it’s all speculation on my part – I’ve never seen any confirmation it was IVF….

    • sally says:

      wow. never thought about that. you both are probably right.

  20. Megan says:

    Bring on the his and her baby fashion!

  21. Syko says:

    Smart girl! Got her heir and a spare in one go, now she never has to sleep with him again!

  22. The Original Mia says:

    I wonder who popped out first. I’m happy for Charlene. All the pressure is gone and she’s got two little ones to love on.

  23. elisabeth says:

    twitter is report that girl was born first
    Gabriella and Jacques

  24. notasugarhere says:

    Snagged online, cannot access the official site to confirm.

    Gabriella Therese Marie
    Jacques Honoré Rainier

    Shall we call them Ella and Jack or Gabby and Jack?

    edit: just crossed posts with elisabeth!

    • Sam says:

      I’m a little surprised – no Grace in the daughter’s name? I thought Albert would want to throw in a little reference to his (much loved) mother (or at least one of his sisters!). I do like that his son’s name honors his dad.

      • Dany says:

        Albert´s oldest child, his “illigitim” daughter is named Jazmin Grace. So maybe he didn´t want to “steal” this name from her.

        I don´t like the name Jaques…. Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques. Dormez-vous, dormez-vous?

      • Bridget says:

        You object to a children’s song that simply asks “brother Jack, brother Jack, are you sleeping”?

    • lunchcoma says:

      Perfectly nice names, but I never worried that something like Rainbow might be under consideration. Royalty tends to play it pretty safe.

  25. maria f says:


  26. Aloura says:

    I wonder if the twins will ever meet their other brother and sister?

  27. MelissaManifesto says:

    I am in Monaco and things are WILLLLLDDDDDDD.

    So happy for them. I love the twins’ names.

  28. Lauren says:

    I sort of wanted Andrea’s baby to inherit the throne because I can’t stand Albert and would rather his nephew have power since his sister cannot.

    • Maria says:

      I like Andrea too, but he is probably not interested anyway. He has his billionaire wife.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I feel the same way. I was actually a little disappointed when Charlene’s pregnancy was announced. Oh well. Congratulations on the birth of two healthy babies.

  29. Trashaddict says:

    No surprise that she had a c-section, she looks really swollen in that picture, she can barely open her eyes. I hope she is OK.

  30. EC says:

    Is it crazy that I am relieved for her? Two healthy kids at once, and heir and a spare, hopefully now she can find some lightness and happiness in her life. I think (even outside of her pregnancy) she generally looks so tired, so unlike the beauty she was when they got married. Like she lost her sparkle a bit? I hope she can get that back.

  31. Godwina says:


    /rolls eyes

  32. Godwina says:


    /rolls eyes
    //lives in a French-speaking region and knows of what she eye-rolls

  33. altariel says:

    She’ll always be the Runaway Bride. May the twins bring her some much needed happiness.