Big birthday bash for babies
There's an atmosphere of excitement in Monaco as we approach the last month of the year. And it's not because we're looking forward to the traditional celebrations for the birth of Christ. No, it's because we're expecting the imminent birth of Princess Charlene's and Prince Albert's twins.
With such an important event soon to happen, the Palace has released details of some of the celebrations that will mark the births.
Firstly, the happy occasion will be announced with a 42 cannon-shot salute (21 for each child) to be fired from Fort Antoine, whilst church bells will ring for 15 minutes, followed by boats tooting and parping their horns.
At the Palace, a proclamation signed by HSH Prince Albert II is to be displayed at the entrance outside the Petits Quartiers, where registers will be available for well-wishers to leave congratulatory messages.
Outside our offices and homes, we're invited to put up bunting and flags, from the day of the births to the day on which the Princely poppets are presented by their proud parents at Palace Square. Everyone is invited to attend this presentation, on a day yet to be announced, which will be declared a public holiday.
Of course, it's traditional to buy gifts for new-borns, but Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are encouraging donations to charity rather than presents.