Princess Charlene, the Zimbabwean born, South-African raised wife of Prince Albert II, ruler of Monaco, has given birth to twins – a boy and a
That would be the first twin birth in the Monaco royal family since the principality was founded in the 13th century.
Dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate.
According to Associated Press, Monaco’s Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality’s future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco’s laws of succession.
The royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier — born to Charlene, 36, and Prince Albert II, 56 — are heirs to the centuries-old Grimaldi dynasty that rules the wealthy principality.
Gabriella was born at 5:04 p.m. (1604 GMT) and her brother Jacques two minutes later, according to a palace statement.
Albert, son of the late American actress Princess Grace, had some subjects worried by his long bachelorhood and his lack of an heir since his two previous children were born out of wedlock and are not eligible for the throne.