Ahoy! Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the Yersin ship’s departure ceremony from Monaco’s yacht club on Thursday, July 27 with their two-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The Princely couple and their adorable young children boarded the ship that is being used for scientific exploration during its three year-long trip around the world.
VIEW GALLERY The royal family attended the ship's launch ceremony on July 27 Photo: E. Mathon, g. Luci and a. Bastello / Prince Palace
The royal tots sat on their parents' laps sporting nautical ensembles at the engagement. Jacques, who is the spitting image of his mother, wore an “Explorations de Monaco” polo and white pants, while letting his long blonde locks hang loose. Meanwhile sister Gabriella looked chic in a navy frock, which she accessorized with a hair bow and gold sandals. Prince Albert sweetly held on to his daughter as she clapped and took in the sights on the ship's top deck.
Charlene, 38, looked characteristically glamorous for the family outing, donning a red one shoulder dress. The mother-of-two beamed as she looked on at her children. Prince Albert, who delivered a speech during the ceremony, was photographed sharing a sweet kiss with his stunning wife. The 59-year-old royal announced his plans for renewing Monaco’s ocean exploration tradition earlier this year.
VIEW GALLERY Princess Charlene and Prince Albert shared a sweet kiss during the ceremony Photo: E. Mathon, g. Luci and a. Bastello / Prince Palace
"The greatest ills the oceans suffer are the result of our ignorance,” Grace Kelly’s son said at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters on the eve of World Oceans Day. "The ocean depths are in large part unexplored, the intermediate areas almost ignored, marine biodiversity is widely misunderstood. We struggle to identify the multiple threats and effects, whether it is about the acidification of the oceans, about pollution, particularly plastics, or about the weakening of some ecosystems, which are, upsetting the balances of our seas."
The transoceanic exploration vessel, Yersin, is scheduled to return to Monaco in June of 2020. The environmentally friendly boat is carrying exploration equipment including a small submarine and six scientific laboratories. The team on board will visit nine areas to conduct scientific research in remote locations on the sea.