This is how royals do Christmas cards: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco sent a DVD with a 15-minute video interview about life with their year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, to every citizen of the principality. Not a Monégasque? Don't worry—they also posted it on the "Prince's Palace of Monaco" Facebook page.
Though the interview was filmed in the palace's grand Salon de Glace with its gilded wall ornamentation, solid silver knick-knacks, and full-length portrait of Prince Albert's mother, Grace Kelly, the formality of the setting is softened by the children's colorful plastic toys and large stuffed polar bears.
In the video, Prince Albert wears a suit and tie and the princess is elegant in a black zipped top, white short skirt, and perfect maquillage as the children play at their feet and at one point Princess Charlene lifts the lively Prince Jacques onto her lap. She describes the twins as "very active, very playful, absolutely adorable— and, yeah, a lot of work".
A former Olympic swimmer for her native South Africa, Charlene says "one of the most important things for me as a mother was to get them drowned-proof." They've already learned a "self-rescue" method "which means they swim before they walk," she says. "They'll be comfortable in any aquatic environment."
The video also has footage of the newborns being shown to the public for the first time and being christened wearing beautiful traditional lace gowns.
Watch the full adorable video here:
Look out, Prince George and Princess Charlotte—you've got competition in the most adorable royal baby stakes.