What’s even better than birthday cake? Seven tiers of birthday cake, of course.
Princess Charlene of Monaco rang in her 46th birthday Wednesday with just one such very large, very lucky confection. Alongside husband Prince Albert and their 9-year-old twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, Charlene visited a bakery in Monaco’s historic Condamine Market, which has been open since 1880. The cake was decorated with white frosting and red ribbons, with some tiers featuring butterfly adornments and gold gilt accents, as well as sprays of fresh flowers.
The cake wasn’t the only festive touch for Charlene’s special day. She and daughter Gabriella had a little mother-daughter twinning moment for the outing, wearing similar but not identical outfits. Gabriella wore a camel-colored overcoat atop a heathered gray turtleneck sweater, while Charlene had opted for a long quilted Max Mara puffer vest with a hood in the same tan hue, with a gray sweater and loosely wound gray scarf underneath to keep warm.
Monaco’s royal couple have made headlines over the past several years over speculation around the state of their marriage. In September 2023, Albert issued a statement asking for an end to what he characterized as the “lies” around his relationship.
“She supports me in leading the Principality, but we’re not attached to each other 24 hours a day,” he said of Princess Charlene. “We’re a working couple and sometimes that only allows us to see each other at the end of a long day full of appointments.”
Charlene, too, has denied rumors of a divorce, and told outlets around the same time that she would no longer comment on the state of her marriage, in hopes that she would no longer be asked.
The royal couple welcomed some 680 children to their palace in December for the traditional Christmas party, complete with a signature hot chocolate recipe, an event which is meant to foster a relationship between the royal family of Monaco and the public, a tradition started in the early 1960s when Princess Grace was in residence. The couple’s twins were not in attendance at the party this year due to illness.