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The Monaco Royals release their 2016 Christmas card

Princess Charlene, Prince Albert and their twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, are bringing all the festive feels in their latest Christmas card.

By Bella Brennan
Monaco Royals

The Monaco Royals have released their annual Christmas card, and this year's is particularly chic!

The stunning family portrait was snapped in the palace's Salon des Glace on December 3 by revered photographer Vanessa von Zitzewitz.

According to People, the shoot took over an hour and was "a very joy-filled, fun morning session."

Within the card the royals send their best wishes: “May the joy and peace of the holiday season be with you in this New Year 2017.”

In the photo, Charlene, 38, oozes elegance in a glittering gold Ralph Lauren dress as she cradles her two children, who recently celebrated their second birthday on December 10.

Gabriella looks angelic in a sweet red dress while brother Jacques works a black ensemble and white sneakers.

In October, Prince Albert purchased the actress' childhood home in East Falls, Philadelphia.

Princess Grace overlooks the family-of-four (Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Monaco Palace)
Princess Grace overlooks the family-of-four (Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Monaco Palace)

Proud dad Albert, 42, stands behind his loved ones with a beaming smile.

But it's the painting on the wall that really adds a sentimental touch.

Overlooking the family-of-four is a painting of Albert's late mother, Princess Grace. Indeed, Albert admits he's keen to keep his mother's legacy alive and teach his children about her.

The twins work black and red ensembles (Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Monaco Palace)
The twins work black and red ensembles (Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Monaco Palace)

The royal confirmed the news to People explaining, “It feels good. I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development.”

"I’m looking forward to showing the house to the kids, sharing it with them, having them see the garden," he mused of introducing his twins to his mother's memory.

Meanwhile, 2016 has seen the twins participate in several events with their parents. Earlier in the month, the duo helped distribute Christmas cheer around the halls and grounds of the Monaco royal palace by handing our presents to locals.

In November, the pair appeared on the palace balcony for their country's annual National Day.

Princess Grace of Monaco and her first-born, Prince Albert, share a loving moment in 1958.
Princess Grace of Monaco and her first-born, Prince Albert, share a loving moment in 1958.

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