Monaco's Royal Family Welcomes New Baby Boy

Monaco's royal family has welcomed a new addition as Princess Caroline's eldest daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, has given birth to a son.

The baby, born on Tuesday evening at Monaco's Princess Grace hospital, has been named Raphael.

He is the first child for unmarried Charlotte and the second for her Franco-Moroccan partner Gad Elmaleh.

Charlotte, 27, is the granddaughter of the late Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, whose fairytale 1956 wedding helped turn Monaco into a hub for the world's rich and famous.

Her uncle, Albert II, is the current Monaco monarch and her mother Caroline is second in line to the throne.

The first time mum is not a princess however her glamour and keen interest in horse riding has earned her a role as a face of Gucci's riding collection.

Although there has been speculation, there has been no diamond ring announcement by the couple.

Elmaleh, 42, is a hugely popular comedian and actor who has a 12-year-old son, Noe, with French actress Anne Brochet.

In a recent interview with People Magazine, the comedian said that Charlotte had all the qualities required for her new role.

"She will be the best in the world because she is generous and very loving. She has all the gifts for being a mother. She's precious and very loving and kind."

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