Monaco's royal family appear in new year video message

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene appear with their children in new year video message as the Monagasque royal acknowledges ‘tribulations’ in 2022

  • Prince Albert of Monaco appeared in a New Year’s Eve address with his family
  • Princess Charlene made appearance with the couple’s eight-year-old children  
  • Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella wish world a Happy New Year in the video
  • Read more: Prince Albert praises wife Princess Charlene for ‘turning it around in an incredible way’ after lengthy health battle, saying she had a ‘very tough year’

Prince Albert of Monaco has appeared in a festive New Year’s Eve address to the nation with his family after a year which saw his wife, Princess Charlene, return to royal duties.

Monaco’s crown prince, 64, spoke directly to his compatriots in the address, before being joined by his wife and their eight-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to wish people a Happy New Year.

The yearly address gave a hopeful outlook for 2023 while also recognising the ‘tribulations’ faced by many in 2022. 

Albert said that he and Charlene, 44, offered their ‘support, compassion and affection’ to all those ‘affected by war, oppression, violence, and intolerance in our troubled world.’

The Prince added that their ‘thoughts are also with those afflicted by illness, or who have seen loved ones suffering, reminding us not just how fragile life is, but sometimes also, how resilient we can be when faced with adversity.’

The nearly four-minute-long message was filmed against a festive backdrop featuring a beautiful Christmas tree in the palace’s Salle des Gardes.

Prince Albert wore a smart navy suit with a pale blue tie, while Charlene looked stunning in a metallic chainmail-style dress as she joined the Prince towards the end of the video message.

Prince Jacques wore a simple black suit while his little sister donned a matching tweed skirt and jacket as they smiled for the cameras.

The nearly four-minute-long message was filmed against a festive backdrop featuring a beautiful Christmas tree in the Salle des Gardes

Albert said that he and Charlene, 44, offered their ‘support, compassion and affection’ to all those ‘affected by war, oppression, violence, and intolerance in our troubled world’

The family appearance came after a year when Princess Charlene returned to royal duties following a spell in her native South Africa last year while she was unwell.

After having treatment at home, she then checked into a clinic in Switzerland before returning to her husband in Monaco.

However, this year the mother-of-two has eased herself back into royal duties, taking her children back to school in September and taking on engagements such as trips to animal shelters.

Last month Charlene addressed her health issues, telling told local newspaper Monaco Matin she felt ‘so much better’ than she has in recent years.

Revealing she has ‘less pain and much more energy’, she said she ‘is continuing to recover, to rebalance herself.’

In a poignant concluding remark, the Prince told viewers: “‘Tomorrow” is not a vain word, but the future prospect of our common desire.’

The video ended with an appearance from the whole royal family, who wished Monagasques Happy New Year in French, English and their native language

She added: ‘My family and those I love are my rock. I approach the future, step by step, one day at a time.’  

The new year message from the Monagasque royal family covered climate change and importance of democracy as Prince Albert encouraged people in his principality to exercise their right to vote in the elections later this year.

The prince took the opportunity to affirm that those elected to Monaco’s government will do their part to preserve democracy in the tiny nation.

This year will also be an important one for the royal family itself, as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Prince Albert’s father, Prince Rainier. 

In a tribute to his father, the crown prince said: ‘He made Monaco a modern and dynamic constitutional monarchy, outward-looking and active on the international stage.’

He also added that 2023 will mark 30 years since Monaco joined the United Nations.

‘I want to reaffirm my strong belief in multilateralism and respect for our international commitments,’ he added.

In a poignant concluding remark, the Prince told viewers: “‘Tomorrow” is not a vain word, but the future prospect of our common desire.’

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco in their 2022 Christmas card, which shows their family gathering around a tree

The video ended with an appearance from the whole royal family, who wished Monagasques Happy New Year in French, English and their native language. 

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene also made public appearances with their children over Christmas, with family traditions like the annual tree ceremony being upheld in a show of unity this festive season.

The family have revealed their 2022 Christmas card in the run up to the holiday, which shows their family gathering around a tree in the palace’s Salle des Gardes. 

The text accompanying the card reads: ‘My family joins me in wishing you peace and joy for Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023’ in English, French and Monegasque.

Read more: 

  • ‘I’m really proud of my wife’: Prince Albert praises wife Princess Charlene for ‘turning it around in an incredible way’ after lengthy health battle, saying she had a ‘very tough year’ 
  • Princess Charlene of Monaco reveals she feels ‘much better’ and has ‘much more energy’ after lengthy health crisis 
  • Joyeux Noël! Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco pose with their twins by the Christmas tree for a VERY stylised festive card 

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