Why Monaco’s royal family is celebrating a milestone tomorrow without Princess Charlene

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Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene have two children, twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. And on December 10, Jacques and Gabriella will celebrate their seventh birthdays. The royal twins will likely be spending their birthday with their father, as Princess Charlene is not believed to have returned from her stay in a treatment facility.

Princess Charlene spent several months away in South Africa earlier this year due to an ENT infection.

She returned to Monaco in November, and Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella reunited with her.

But soon after her return to Monaco, Albert revealed Charlene had entered a treatment facility outside of the country to receive further treatment.

Prince Albert told PEOPLE last month Charlene was “clearly exhausted, physically and emotionally”.

He added: “She was overwhelmed and couldn’t face official duties, life in general or even family life.”

Charlene subsequently entered a treatment facility outside of Monaco to continue to recover from her illness.

Albert added: “She already knew the best thing to do was to go and have a rest and have a real medically framed treatment.

“And not in Monaco. For privacy reasons, it would have to be someplace outside of Monaco.”

With Charlene still thought to be out of Monaco to focus on her health, it is not thought likely she will return for her twins’ birthday on December 10.

In recent months, Jacques and Gabriella have attended several public engagements with their father.

Princess Charlene’s father Mike Wittstock recently spoke to South Africa’s YOU magazine about his daughter’s health.

In the interview, Mr Wittstock said he believed his daughter would “get through this”, and referred to the perseverance she had as an Olympic swimmer.

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Mr Wittstock told the publication: “My daughter used to swim 20km a day.

“Based on the way she used to train, I know she’s tough and will get through this and come out much stronger.”

While Charlene was ill, Mr Wittstock said he hadn’t visited her to avoid the risk of Covid infection.

He said: “[There are] our ages—we have to be very careful.

“I also didn’t want to possibly infect her because she’d been through so many medical procedures and was vulnerable.”

But Mr Wittstock said he spoke “regularly” to his daughter on the phone, and that he also speaks with Charlene’s twins, adding they “have a great relationship.”

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