He's Got Game! 14-Month-Old Prince Jacques of Monaco Joins Mom Charlene for a Surprise Appearance at Rugby Tournament

Princess Charlene and Prince Jacques at St. Devote Tournament
Prince Jacques and Princess Charlene
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02/28/2016 AT 10:50 AM EST

With two Olympic athletes for parents, you would expect Prince Jacques of Monaco to take up sports at an early age.

Still, at 14 months, it's a little surprising to see the royal twin trying his hand at rugby.

On Saturday, the prince made an unannounced turn-out (alongside mom Princess Charlene of Monaco) for the morning kick-off for the St. Devote Tournament.

Held at Monaco's Louis II Stadium, the St. Devote tournament is an under-12 rugby event sponsored by the Princess Charlene Foundation which brings together children's teams from 12 different nations including Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Spain, France, Tunisia and Russia.



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Corsica (representing Italy) and Monaco also participate, symbolizing the tie shared between the island and the principality formed by the history of St. Devote, Monaco's.

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Princess Charlene and Prince Jacques

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Encouraging sportsmanship and fair play values, the festival also included a morning clinic of Tots Rugby, a program initiating 3 to 5 year olds into the sport, where Jacques walked the stadium track – and after a brief unfamiliarity – showed enough curiosity to embrace the oval ball.



It was an active sports weekend for the princess, who spent Friday afternoon leading discussions and supervising a swimming lesson for local children alongside several teams participating in the tournament.



Noting the team from her homeland South Africa – who come from a underdeveloped Cape Town area – Her Highness suggested: "I believe it's a privilege for Monaco's children to meet children less fortunate than they are. It's a way of confronting and appreciating another culture."
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