Princess Charlene and Prince Albert make loved-up appearance at annual ship-burning ceremony

By Chloe Best

Princess Charlene of Monaco and her doting husband, Prince Albert, made a sweet appearance on Tuesday (Jan. 26) at the annual St. Dévote's Day celebrations. The mother of two was in high spirits just a day after her 38th birthday, greeting locals and cozying up to her prince during the traditional remembrance service for Monaco's patron saint.

The couple chatted as they walked through the crowd that had gathered outside the church, stopping to shake hands with locals on the way. They also helped to set light to a fishing boat, in keeping with a tradition that started with the reign of Prince Louis II in 1942.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERY: Princess Charlene helped to set light to a fishing boat.

Charlene looked characteristically chic for the outing, wrapped up in a grey poncho and skirt anchored by knee-high boots and topped off with a slick of red lipstick. She could be seen cozying up to Prince Albert as they stood in the crowd to watch the boat burn, linking her arms around his.

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The national holiday followed Charlene's 38th birthday, which she celebrated on Monday (Jan. 25) and is believed to have marked privately with Albert and their twins, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

The royal couple appeared in high spirits at the ceremony.

The royal couple's evening out was the first high-profile event they had attended since their private meeting with Pope Francis earlier this month. During the private audience at the Apostolic Palace, the blond beauty bowed down and held the Pope's hand to her forehead.

Charlene and Albert exchanged gifts with the Pope and they all spoke while aides watched on.

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