Royals step out in bizarre coronavirus masks

Marni Dixit
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have ventured out of lockdown for the grand reopening of Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, which recently underwent renovations.

The pair arrived to their first post-lockdown appearance wearing face masks that bizarrely featured the Grimaldi family crest.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco wear coronavirus face masks featuring the the Grimaldi family crest. Photo: Getty

Albert's sister Princess Stephanie joined the couple at the event with her children Pauline Ducruet, Camille Gottlieb, and Louis Ducruet.

Princess Charlene took to Instagram to share a photo of herself and Albert, with the caption, "We are strong together."

Some people on social media suggested that those who were in attendance were clearly not social distancing, despite the rules.

Prince Albert was one of the first members of a royal family to test positive for coronavirus in March. He had been at an event with Prince Charles a week earlier while in London and shortly after Charles also tested positive for coronavirus.

Both Princes were thankfully able to make a quick recovery.

Two weeks after testing positive, Albert spoke to People Magazine, saying, "Things are okay. I still have a little bit of a cough, but that’s pretty normal, having spoken to a number of other people the cough goes on for a little bit. Otherwise all lights are green."

"I received the clear from doctors on Monday morning," he added. "But they said, 'Don’t see your family right away. Wait another 24 hours.'"

He added that he was very keen to see his twins Jacques and Gabriella, who he has been in contact with thanks to FaceTime, "We FaceTimed — usually in the evenings. We told stories and talked about what we did during the day."

"I told [the twins] to be safe. They knew I was sick and that I had to stay away," he said, adding with a laugh, "I'm hoping I get a 'Welcome Home' banner."

When asked how he kept himself busy during his isolation period he said, "I read a lot of work papers, some old magazines and some newspapers, but I was shocked at how fast the days went by and how busy I was answering phone calls from family and friends and calls to the government to keep the country running."

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