• Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella steal the show with festive flair
  • At Monaco's circus extravaganza
  • They look adorable

It was a spectacle of royal proportions as Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella (both aged 9) dazzled the crowd at Monte Carlo's International Circus Festival this past Sunday. Accompanied by their doting father, Prince Albert, and a bevy of family members, these pint-sized royals were the talk of the town with their charming antics and festive attire!

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A royal affair to remember 

The twins, who last week had everyone in stitches with their clown noses, this time opted for stylish scarves – Jacques in a snazzy blue and Gabriella sporting the principality's proud red and white, topped with a centennial tribute to their great-grandfather, Prince Rainier. As they sashayed into the big top, the clown band trumpeted their arrival, and Gabriella beamed, clutching a bouquet that was nearly as big as her smile!

Monaco, le 21 Janvier 2024 46eme FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE CIRQUE DE MONTE CARLO S.A.S Le Prince Souverain avec Ses Enfa

An eagle-eyed attendee spilled the beans that the royal duo were also seen gripping gleaming circus "geegaws," those mesmerizing, battery-powered spinning souvenirs that had every child's eyes lighting up with envy.

A family filled with fun 

The 50th-anniversary bash of the circus, a legacy of their great-grandfather, saw the royal box bursting at the seams. Auntie Princess Stephanie, the circus festival's ringleader (officially, the President of the Organizing Committee), was there with her brood, and the twins had their cousins, Kaia-Rose and Bodie Wittstock, for company, who were equally enchanted with their own magic wands.

This year's show, the 46th edition (thanks to a few pandemic pauses), brought back crowd-pleasers like horsetrainer Alexis Gruss and the iconic Fellini clown Enrico Fumagalli, acts that the twins have adored in years past.

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Prince Rainier's dream was to fill the hearts of Monaco's children with the joy of the circus, and since that first tented show in 1974, supported by Princess Grace and her star-studded pals, it has become the Oscars of the circus world. His final bow was at the 2005 festival, but his spirit surely twirled under the big top with his great-grandchildren.