Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene prepare to present their baby twins to the people from the balcony of the royal palace. Holly Rubenstein reports
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Preparations were underway in Monaco on Tuesday January 6th, as Prince Albert II and his wife Princess Charlene get ready to introduce their baby twins to the public. Jacques and Gabriella will be officially presented from the balcony of the royal palace on Wednesday January 7th - the first of many public appearances for the four week-olds. All being well, baby Jacques will himself become ruler of the tiny principality and head up one of Europe's oldest dynasties. Caroline Mangez of the French magazine Paris Match said that the birth of the twins puts an end to public concerns about the lack of an heir. SOUNDBITE French magazine editor, Caroline Mangez, saying (English): "People were expecting Albert to become a father for a long time, I mean at some point they even didn't dream anymore about it so it's quite a surprise." Wednesday will be a public holiday in Monaco, with residents all invited to celebrate the occasion outside the palace. The twins were born on December 10 at the Princess Grace hospital, named after their grandmother, the film star Grace Kelly.