February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Love from the Princely Twins

A little early Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! With Ash Wednesday falling on the same day as Valentine’s this year, some of us are indeed celebrating early – like me, for instance. Truth be told, Valentine’s isn’t my favorite holiday, but I do enjoy the chocolate. That’s really the only redeeming feature, though, since otherwise I’m cutting out paper hearts and helping my kid write 5,000 valentines for school (ok, maybe more like 23) for kids toward whom she only feels lukewarm at best. Sigh. It’s just a lot of energy for something that ultimately ends up being a waste of construction paper, you know?

I digress. Enter the princely twins, and I end up forgetting much of that eye-rollingly dull “chore” of Valentine’s Day. In fact, these two actually make me remember the love part. And who doesn’t love love? (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)


Charlene shared these adorable photos of the twins just a couple days ago, and they are so sweet. It is so lovely to watch these siblings grow together, and to know that Charlene has facilitated their close relationship from so early on (as Myriam mentioned in the comments on a previous occasion!). They are clearly one another’s best friend, and it’s a good reminder that this holiday should always include family love. Romance is nice, but all love is celebration-worthy.


THIS KISS. Hold the phone. This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I admit to being the Grinch of Valentine’s, and this photo goes a long way to breaking that tape measure around my heart. (This, and the afore-mentioned chocolate. I haven’t forgotten that.)


Also, Charlene included some pics of the kids at an aquarium. You can’t really see their faces, but it’s still sweet to see them so entranced by the under-the-sea magic.

In other news, more pictures were revealed from the princely family’s vacation in Courchevel (thank you Imke!), and it appeared to be a winter-wonderland sort of adventure.


Though I have to admit, my favorite part is how normal these vacay pictures look. The kids look nonplussed (though still cute), Charlene is having to pull Jacques up onto his feet, Gabriella’s squirming out of Albert’s lap to be done already with the photos, etc. They’re three years old, and acting like it from the looks of these photos. Have a look and see what I mean. (The humorous quotation-captions on the below photos are my own whimsical interpretations. The cuteness just overtook me!)


“Yes, I get it. I sit here and you pull me around. Can I go now?”


“Ma, I’m cold. Can we go inside?”


“I’m playing jelly-limbs with you because I think it’s funny.”


“Ok got the photo bye-BYEEEE!”

These photos be replicated by almost any family with three-year olds. This is just one of those things I love about this family. They’re lovely and normal, which makes the rest of us feel just a little more lovely as well.


Charlene, of course, was gorgeous even with three-year olds and surrounded by snow. She looks so contented. And what better way to end the post? Our lovely princess spreading love to us all with the help of her beautiful kids. Happy Valentine’s day to you all – I’m sending you chocolate through my brainwaves…!


  1. Katie, These adorable photos confirm what I have already said. The bond that these twins have will surmount all future obstacles that they will encounter later on in life. It is all thanks to Charlene!!! Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone especially to these enchanting cherubs!!!!

  2. Thank you Katie for these lovely photos. Indeed, leaves one with a warm feeling of happiness shared with the royals. Happy Valentine to you all and the love one shares with your family and friends is the best.

  3. Thank you for the photos and especially the captions. As a mother of a teenager, those captions brought back some funny memories on vacation with my family.
    Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️

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