‘You are the Prince of my heart’ Charlene tells Prince Albert at 10 years reign celebration

Princess Charlene makes a first speech in French during celebrations marking ten years of the reign of her husband Prince Albert II.

MONACO, MONACO (JULY 11, 2015) (MONACO MEDIA BUREAU/MONACO INFO) – The people of Monaco gathered outside the royal palace in Monaco on Saturday (July 11) to celebrate ten years of ruling by Prince Albert II.

Prince Albert came out with his wife Princess Charlene to a cheering crowd before going on stage.

Princess Charlene surprised everyone by making her first ever speech in French.

“My Lord, it is with great joy that we celebrate this day, the ten years of your reign. I felicitate you and pray for your reign to be long, fulfilling and serene. More than anyone else I know your absolute commitment for the Principality, its future and the well-being of its population. More than anyone else I measure your engagement for noble causes which you defend with force. Our children will surely follow in your footsteps. Prince Albert the first was an explorer, Prince Rainier was a builder, you are the Prince of the heart and of my heart, long live the principality, long live Monaco,” she said in French with a strong English accent.

Prince Albert was visibly touched by this performance. In a speech, he told the crowd and members of the Monaco royal family that the young generation should continue to fight for a “fairer world”:

“With Princess Carlene, Jacques and Gabriella and all the young ones who will prepare with enthusiasm to be tomorrow’s actors, and this despite the tough and complex world of today which is very much shaken, let’s continue for them to build a world of peace, a fairer one, a more united one. Let’s inspire ourselves of the words by the wise Confucius who said a very long time ago ‘If one tries to be fully human, there will no longer be any space for evil’. Let’s see the future with confidence, full of hope,” he said.

After the speeches, the royal couple’s babies, Jacques and Gabriella came out on the balcony of the palace.

Celebrations were due to continue on Sunday with a free concert during which British singer Robbie Williams is due to perform.