In this Saturday, July 2, 2011 file photo Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco depart from the Monaco palace after their religious wedding ceremony. (AP Photo/Jean Paul Pelissier, Pool, File)
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The babies replace Albert's sister Caroline as heirs to the throne, and will likely draw a line on rumours of the royal couple's supposedly rocky relationship.Albert, 56, finally married former Olympic swimmer Charlene, 36, in 2011 -- 11 years after the pair first met.The birth of the twins at the hospital named after their grandmother Princess Grace was celebrated with 42 cannon shots, 21 for each child, fired from an old fort overlooking the sea.Albert -- whose late mother was Hollywood actress Grace Kelly -- had earlier said that if the twins were a boy and a girl, it would be the boy who would succeed him.Albert, who was once considered one of the world's most eligible bachelors, succeeded his father Prince Rainier in 2005 at the age of 47 .Under Monaco's inheritance laws, neither of them have any claim to royal titles or to be considered as heirs to Albert because they were born outside of marriage.Albert had said in an interview with local media last month that the twins were due "around Christmas".
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