Prince Albert of Monaco has four children in total and an incredibly rare family snap showing all of his children together, including the young twins he shares with Princess Charlene, has been shared on social media
To mark the end of 2021, the oldest daughter of Prince Albert of Monaco posted a slideshow of images on Instagram looking back over her year.
And included in the lovely snaps was an extremely rare photo of all four of Albert’s children posing for the camera.
It shows his young twins with Princess Charlene smiling sweetly for the camera alongside their father’s older two children, who were both born out of wedlock.
It is believed to be the first photo publicly available of all four of the children together and it has caused a stir among royal fans upon being released.
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But exactly who are Albert’s sons and daughters and what is their relationship like with him? Here we take a look…
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
Albert’s oldest daughter and the one to post the rare image is 29-year-old Jazmin Grace Grimaldi.
Her mother Tamara Rotolo had been working as a waitress when she met Albert but the pair only had a short-lived romance and never married.
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Jazmin was raised in the US and only met her father when she was 11. She was 14 before he publicly acknowledged her as his daughter.
She told Harper’s Bazaar in 2015: “I was 14, getting ready to go to high school, when it hit the media that my father had a daughter, and it was me.
“It’s a difficult time for any young adult, and it was an adjustment to have that attention. But I knew it was going to come someday.”
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However, as she was born out of wedlock, Jazmin is not in Monaco’s line of succession – although she is often spotted at events with her dad.
Jazmin has followed in the footsteps of her grandmother Grace Kelly as an actress appearing starring in several films and has her own charity called the Jazmin Fund, which supports children in need in remote villages in Fiji.
Alexandre, now 18, is Albert’s eldest son, who he shares with Nicole Coste – a former flight attendant from Togo.
In 2005, Albert, who never married Nicole, confirmed he was the biological father of Alexandre after a DNA test.
As he was born out of wedlock, Alexandre also isn’t in Monaco’s line of succession.
However, he has been welcomed into the royal fold, attending Monaco’s historic Rose Ball with the family and enjoying a lavish 18th birthday bash thrown by his dad.
Last year, Nicole opened up about her son’s relationship with his father.
She told French magazine Paris Match: “Albert made a commitment from the start to be present and to gradually bring his son into his family.
“Very quickly, I was reassured when Princess Stephanie (Albert’s sister) became Alexander’s godmother. Albert has honoured his promise: things are building well and running their course, which I am delighted with.”
Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella
Albert’s youngest children are seven-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, whose mother is his wife Princess Charlene.
The youngsters reside at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco and have started accompanying their dad on royal engagements and visits.
Jacques and Gabriella were born in 2014 at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco with Gabriella arriving two minutes before her brother.
Despite being slightly younger, Jacques is heir to the Monaco throne due to preference being given to males.
Like most kids their age, Jacques and Gabriella had been attending school and in September, they were taken for their first day at the private L’Institution François d’Assise-Nicolas Barré school by Albert, and looked smart in their uniforms.
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However, last month, Albert revealed he was temporarily pulling the twins out of school so they could study at home instead.
Speaking to Paris Match, he said: “Jacques and Gabriella are now being educated at the palace.”
Albert went on to say the children aren’t learning alone and a small classroom had been set up for them and some friends.
Like young royals in other countries, Jacques and Gabriella have only made rare public appearances.
These have included on the balcony of the Prince’s Palace on Monaco’s national day each December.
And they recently accompanied their dad on an official trip to Ireland – one of the first places he visited on a royal tour.
This year has been a particularly difficult one for the young prince and princess, who have spent large periods of time separated from their mum Charlene, who has suffered from health issues.