Citizens of Monaco come to the princely palace to sign a register to pay their respects to royal twins Jacques and Gabriella. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Citizens and residents of Monaco came to the Princely Palace to sign a register paying homage to new-born royal twins Jacques and Gabriella on Friday (December 12), speaking of their great affection for one of Europe's oldest royal families. Notices announcing the birth had been set up outside the palace, overlooking the Mediterranean from a rocky outcrop, and a book was placed in an inner courtyard for residents to express their good wishes. Twins Gabriella and Jacques, the latter of whom will one day inherit the throne of the glitzy principality famed for its rich residents and luxurious lifestyle, were born early on Wednesday (December 10) evening. The announcement of the birth was greeted with great fanfare including cannon fire and church bells ringing. The Grimaldi family has ruled the rock for 700 years, with the first Francois Grimaldi taking the then occupants of the fortress by surprise in 1297 while disguised as a monk. Charlene and the twins are still in the Princess Grace hospital, named after her predecessor the Hollywood film star Grace Kelly. They are expected to be presented to the people of Monaco in a traditional balcony celebration on January 7, which will be a national holiday.