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‘Great privilege’ Prince Albert takes twins to Ireland as Charlene recovers from infection

Prince Albert II plays with mother Grace Kelly in throwback clip

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Prince Albert of Monaco, 63, took his twin children on an official visit to Dublin in Ireland last Friday.

The young twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, both six, joined their father in wearing green trimmed face masks with a shamrock emblazoned on the left-hand side.

The royal trio visited the Emerald Isle on their three-day tour without Princess Charlene, 43.

Albert’s Zimbabwean-born wife remains in her native South Africa after she was hospitalised on September 1 with a severe ear, nose and throat infection.

Princess Charlene has been in the rainbow nation for months and has been unable to return to the European principality following a “serious sinus infection”.

During the official visit to the Irish capital, Prince Albert II took his children to Trinity College Dublin – the Republic’s oldest university.

Albert donated €1million – over £850,000 – to the restoration of the university’s library.

The total cost of the restoration is reported to have been €90million – around £77million.

The Palace of Monaco relayed the visit to Dublin in a post on social media platform Instagram.

The post read: “In the early afternoon, HSH the Prince and His children, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, went to Trinity College to discover the Old Library guided by Professor Linda Doyle, Provost of the university who presented the Book of Kells, a 9th century Irish medieval manuscript famous around the world.”

It added: “This visit to Dublin is an extension of the existing links between Trinity College and Monaco.

“It also marks the 60th anniversary of the state visit of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace in 1961 and the 10 years of the first state visit of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in 2011.”

Prince Albert has a specifically close relationship with the Emerald Isle.

His late mother, US actress Grace Kelly, was born into an Irish-American family in Philadelphia before she became the Princess Consort of Monaco in 1956.

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Kelly passed away in 1982 at the age of 52 in a car crash.

The Prince said: “It is with great pleasure that through this donation I follow in the footsteps of my mother who had a deep affection for Ireland and signals the link to Princess Charlene’s forebears who were instrumental to the founding of Trinity.

“It is a great privilege for me − with this benefaction – to be part of this ambitious programme to conserve the 18th century Old Library building, creating a sustainable protective environment for the many extraordinary treasures it holds for Ireland and the world.”

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