Having stayed somewhat out of the spotlight since becoming a mum for the first time in December 2014, Princess Charlene of Monaco was more confident than ever when she stepped out for her twins' christening on Sunday 10 May. The statuesque royal was radiant and animated at the baptism ceremony, showing just how much motherhood suits her.
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The day of celebrations went without a hitch, which, according to People, is down to Charlene's impeccable planning skills. Sources told the magazine that the Princess oversaw everything; from the Dior christening gowns, which she had started planning shortly after her babies were born, to the lavish luncheon served at the Prince's Palace after the service.
People reports that Charlene "has been deeply engaged and consulted on which texts to read, music and the ceremony decoration." She also attended a walk-through rehearsal Saturday afternoon with the children's four godparents.
Upon her arrival at the Cathedral of Monaco, 37-year-old Charlene effortlessly took over caring for her son Prince Jacques, who had been left in the care of the twins' nannies before the couple's arrival.
Cradling him in her arms, she then attentively checked that Princess Gabriella was content and that her personalised pink dummy was in her mouth properly before the family entered the church.
Looking on with pride from the front row of guests were Charlene's parents Lynette and Michael Whittstock and her brother Sean. The Zimbabwe-born Princess's other brother Gareth, whom she chose to be Gabriella's godfather, stood supportively by her side near the font.
Charlene and Albert both lovingly held their twins as they were lowered over the baptismal font and had their heads bathed with water.
Once the main event of the baptism was over, attentive Charlene made sure that her son and daughter didn't get too bored. While the youngsters happily amused themselves for several minutes, Charlene entertained her children, distracting them from the lengthy ceremony
The Princess then appeared to be overcome with emotion, wiping away a tear as she listened to the choir singing hymns.
Full of joy as she left the church, Charlene excitedly greeted well-wishers who had gathered outside. The former Olympic swimmer was in her element, happily shaking hands with royal fans and hugging youngsters in the crowds.
It was then time for the couple and their guests to enjoy a garden party luncheon. Planned by Charlene, with the help of chef Christian Garcia, the meal concluded with a ceremony honouring the four godparents in the Palace's Salon des Glaces.