Princess Charlene honours Monaco's patron saint with Prince Albert by setting a fisherman's boat on fire
Well, she IS sparky: Princess Charlene honours Monaco's patron saint with Prince Albert by setting a fisherman's boat on fire in traditional ritual
She marked her 38th birthday yesterday in characteristic low key style, and today Princess Charlene enjoyed celebrations of a different kinds as she fêted Monaco's patron saint.
The royal stepped out with husband Prince Albert, 57, for the traditional remembrance service for St. Devote.
St Devote's Day is a national holiday in Monaco in remembrance of their patron saint, a Christian martyr who was killed and tortured for her faith in the 4th century.
The couple made their way through the crowds following a church service and stopped to shake hands with locals on their way.
They also helped set light to a fishing boat - a tradition that's been going strong since the reign of Prince Louis II in 1942.
According to legend, Christians saved St Devote's body and cast it off in a boat to Africa in the hope that once there she would receive a Christian burial.
A dove then flew from her mouth and guided the boat to Monaco where it ran aground.
The Saint is believed to have helped the principality in times of peril ever since.
In line with the legend, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene took part in an annual ceremonial ritual remembering the Saint's final journey.
They were given torches which they used to set fire to a fisherman's boat like the one that the Saint's body was carried on.
Charlene looked elegant in a neutral colour palette for the occasion, teaming her nude coloured coat with voluminous sleeves with a pair of matching tawny suede knee boots.
It's not the first time the Princess has chosen the footwear to complement her outfit for an important occasion.
She previously sported the boots at the official presentation of her twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella last January.
Charlene showed only a hint of her slim legs in a grey wool dress, which she matched with a large scarf in an indentical colour, a